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Underfloor heating is an ‘invisible’ heating system that works by pumping a controlled flow of warm water from any heat source, such as a boiler or heat pump, through tubing embedded in the floor. It can also be installed in renovations, where the tube fits in slim panels that sit directly on top of the existing floor. Because the emitting area is large, sufficient warmth is provided across the whole floor surface to heat the room effectively.
Warm water UFH creates a luxury, even warmth in your home that is free from draughts and dust movements.
- UFH is efficient – around 25% more efficient than radiators, helping to keep heating bills low
- It is an ‘invisible’ heating system, so you can place fixtures and fittings wherever you choose
- It creates a comfortable living environment – warmth rises gently from the entire floor surface to create the perfect heating profile
There are a range of systems on the market to suit virtually every type of property.
All new properties should be suitable for UFH, as they will be well insulated. Older properties can also benefit from UFH too, thanks to a range of retrofit systems that offer high heat outputs. A good supplier will be able to suggest the best option for your home.
The price of a warm water UFH system varies from project to project. Generally, a screed UFH system is the cheapest option with retrofit options being more expensive due to the amount of components required.
No. There are a range of UFH systems on the market that have been designed specifically for renovation projects. These solutions are laid directly on top of your existing floor and are also low profile – as little as 15mm!
No, not at all. Warm water UFH is around 25% more efficient than radiators when paired with a modern condensing boiler and up to 40% cheaper to run with a heat pump*. This is due to the lower flow temperatures that the UFH requires compared to a radiator system.
Warm water UFH is also considerably cheaper to run than an electric UFH system, as electricity tends to cost three times as much in comparison to the price of gas or oil.
Yes, it’s possible to have UFH in just one room, keeping radiators throughout the remainder of the property. There are a range of UFH kits available on the market that are suitable for using in a single area.
Yes. There are UFH systems that have been designed specifically for installation on first floors.
UFH is compatible with most floor coverings, even carpet! Certain floor coverings offer a better heat transfer than others, such as tiles, but providing the UFH system has been designed correctly the room/s will always meet the desired temperature.
This varies depending on the size of the property and the system being installed. Your supplier will be able to advise on typical timescales.
UFH can be controlled by a standard dial-type thermostat, or remotely via a smartphone or tablet depending on your preference.
Retrofit and floating floor UFH systems heat up quickly and are more responsive than a traditional screed system, so can be controlled in a similar way to a radiator system. A screed UFH system takes time to heat up from cold, so is best used with a ‘setback’ temperature – this achieves an extremely high level of efficiency.
Homeowners & Consumers
36% Said they would prefer to have underfloor heating as their first choice in a new home instead of other aspirational features.*
UFH is a desirable, low impact and cost effective way to heat your home. It has been slow to catch on in the UK compared to most of Europe but it is getting more and more popular because those who have it tend to encourage all their family and friends to install UFH too and gradually Norway, Holland, Germany and others’ secret is getting out.
Like all plumbing and heating, it is important UFH is installed to manufacturers’ instructions. All BEAMA Underfloor members supply clear guidelines on how to lay their systems and many will provide a bespoke plan for each room. Once up and running, UFH is virtually maintenance free, and leaks from pipework are unheard of (so much so that all BEAMA Underfloor members offer warrantees far in excess of those supplied with other heating systems).
Apart from being invisible and providing comfortable warmth without causing a draught, UFH has a very low working temperature which means your boiler can operate at its most efficient setting or you can use alternative heat sources such as heat pumps, either of which will save you money and reduce carbon emissions.
*Headline statistics are taken from independent research commissioned by PolyPipe and conducted by One Poll who surveyed 1020 UK-based respondents who have purchased a home in the last three years or will be looking to buy in the next 24 months.