Underfloor heating was once thought of as a luxury only the decadently wealthy could afford to have
But, as with many things once considered expensive and unobtainable, technology and market
forces have caught up, turning underfloor heating into a viable option for those refurbishing or
building a home.
In simplest terms, underfloor heating is comprised of pipework in the floor that channels heat,
effectively turning the whole floor into a radiator by warming the room from the ground up.
Many underfloor heating systems are wet underfloor, also known as ‘warm water’, heating systems.
The pipes are hidden beneath floorboards and usually embedded with screed, a cement-like
These pipes are filled with warm water which circulates around the room thanks to an electric pump.
It then returns to the boiler, where it is heated once again.
Many homes have an underfloor heating system throughout the property. This involves separate
pipes running into each room, allowing homeowners to control when they are heated and for how
long. This keeps energy bills down as it prevents residents from wasting energy warming up
What are the advantages?
One of the advantages of underfloor heating are improved comfort. Have you ever stepped onto a
warm, carpeted floor after getting out of bed? It’s pretty lush!
It also eliminates cold spots in rooms, where the occupant is furthest from the radiator or the heat
flow is blocked, because it warms the whole room equally.
And underfloor heating puts your boiler under less strain than a traditional radiator system because
it operates at a lower temperature – around 40°C as opposed to around 65°C.
However, installation takes a long time and can be expensive. A rough estimate is £75 to £100 per
square metre, depending on the property and the type of system you plump for.
Floor heating systems also increase the floor height in a room by an average of a few centimetres
–more if you opt for insulation – which sounds like nothing but can be noticeable in certain home
Whatever type of heating you have, a well-maintained boiler is of peak importance for a comfortable
If you’re looking for a reliable and qualified heating engineer to repair or replace your boiler,
call Great British Heating on 0800 131 0275. We’re open 24/7! Our Gas Safe engineers are here to
help you with all your heating needs.