Underfloor heating cost: What you need to consider…

Underfloor Heating Retrofit
Whether you are looking to install a new heating system or working on a new build, one of the latest trends to hit Ireland is the use of underfloor heating. Though it has been popular in the states and mainland Europe for years the trend is now really taking off in Ireland with many new builds, renovations and extensions coming equipped with underfloor heating. As with all new concepts, one main worry that always prevails is underfloor heating costs, will it add a considerable amount to your budget?  

Benefits of underfloor heating:

There are numerous benefits to underfloor heating. Of course, there is the aesthetic appeal, but it can also affect your energy rating and be a great cost-saver in the long term, not to mention the perfectly even heat distribution! You will increase floor space in rooms with underfloor heating, it’s much safer for small children and you will eliminate cold areas in your home.  

How much will underfloor heating cost?

The best answer to your underfloor heating costs is that it all depends on the size and technical aspects of your building. Denis Moloney Services specialise in underfloor heating installations. The installation is one aspect of the underfloor heating cost, but there are others to consider. We are going to look at a few aspects of underfloor heating and how they can impact the overall cost of underfloor heating and how they compare to traditional heating systems.  

Two types of underfloor heating wet vs. dry:

The type of floor heating you choose can have a huge impact on your underfloor heating costs, especially after installation.  

Dry Underfloor Heating

  • Dry heating uses cables underneath your flooring to create heat. These can be lined mats or unorganised electric cables. More ideal for wood and carpet flooring, dry heating is generally more costly than wet floor heating due to electricity costs.
  • Dry heating is more suited to single room installation or older houses as it can be easy to install depending on the layout.

Wet Underfloor Heating

  • Wet heating is an underfloor pipe network connected to your central heating system.
  • An ideal option for new builds as everything can be centrally connected. It is also usually less costly as gas prices tend to be better than electricity prices.
  • Wet heat piping can be installed across all floor types including wood, marble and tile. Again, it is possible to install in existing buildings although a new build or full renovation is always better. This brings us on to our next cost factor.

New or old builds:

While it is perfectly possible to retrofit underfloor heating into existing buildings you may come into difficulty regarding plumbing, existing energy ratings and the layout of certain homes and structures. If it is an entire building that will be fitted with underfloor heating, then existing buildings will be far more costly as they will be much more labour intensive. For new builds costs are considerably less, however, they remain higher than traditional plumbing costs. The savings come in to play following the fitting and the great saving you make on energy and fuel costs.  

So, which is better?

It’s important to consider all the factors when deciding if underfloor heating is for you, building costs, the construction phase, savings that will be made in the future etc. Talk to the experts at Denis Moloney Services. They will be able to go over each aspect of your build and the most appropriate underfloor option for your home. We will do our best to ensure your underfloor heating costs are at a minimum and that you reap the benefits of having a professional installation team by your side. Underfloor Heating Cost
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