There are two main types of underfloor heating, these are water (wet) and electrical (dry) underfloor heating. The way water underfloor heating works is that the water is heated to a lower than conventional temperature, this makes the system suitable for a condensing boiler; it’s also compatible with heat pumps. For electrical underflow heating wires are used. Sometimes the cables will be manufactured into a mat and the mat can then just be laid down on the floor. This type of underflow heating is best for smaller rooms. Pros of water underfloor heating include that it’s efficient to run and ideal for use alongside heat pumps, although cons include that the initial costs are high and if there are any issues with the pipes it’s difficult to reach them. If you’d like to make your home a better place then invest in an underfloor heating system.
The pros of electrical underfloor heating include that it’s fairly cheap to install, it’s easy installed as there is no pipe work and it can be installed on upper floors, whereas some of the cons include its expensive to run and that you have to be careful when placing furniture and other heavy items. For water underfloor heating the cost is roughly £100 per sqm to install, whereas for electrical underfloor heating the initially installation cost per sqm can be as cheap as £20; this makes electrical seem better, but the initial running costs of electrical underfloor heating are higher than that of water. There are many pros of underfloor heating itself for example its better for those with asthma as there is less airborne dust, also it heats the whole house without any cold spots. You have freedom of room design, as no space ends up being lost to radiators, so you can arrange your furniture however you’d like.
You can purchase kits to install electrical underfloor heating yourself; these can be bought from an outstanding company called SoleHeat. They do four types of kit these are the single zone, multi zone, premium* and a bespoke kit. The single kit costs from £339.99 to £379.99 depending on which sqm you choose, this kits is specifically for smaller areas like bathrooms as they will only require it for heating purposes. The multi zone kit cost from £419.99 to £924.99, this kit is designed specifically for a larger area; this is typically used to heat up few rooms at once or one larger zone. The premium* kit costs from £499.99 to £889.99 depending on the kit; this kit is similar to the multi zone but has additional items which are electrothermic actuators and a heatmiser wiring centre. Lastly, is the bespoke kit, this kit is tailored to fit specific requirements of the installation.