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How Much Would Underfloor Heating Cost for Your Home?

Written by Warmup Inc on August 3rd, 2020 | Electric Underfloor Heating | Insights | Inspiration for Your Home
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If you’re planning a renovation project or building your own home, consider installing a Warmup floor heating system for a sustainable, radiant heating solution that can offer long-term savings on your energy bills. In this guide, we’ll look at the costs involved in specifying a floor heater in your home, including:

  • How underfloor heating can help save you money
  • The initial costs of an electric floor heating system
  • The lower running-costs of underfloor heating
  • How much a floor heater costs to install

Floor heating systems offer increased energy-efficiency

Underfloor heating uses radiant heat technology to gently warm the people and objects in a room from the ground up. This process uses less energy to reach optimal comfort temperatures than central heating systems, which purely focus on warming the air in a room; an inefficient method of heating a space. Warmup’s floor heaters also offer quicker heat-up times and run at lower temperatures than traditional heating systems whilst still retaining the same level of warmth; with this increased energy-efficiency, you can expect lower long-term underfloor heating running costs too.

Cost of electric systems

Our electric floor heaters are perfect for renovation projects, providing an affordable heating solution for any room in your home. The cost of a Warmup electric underfloor heating system varies on which system you select and the size of the room you are installing it in. If you’re thinking about underfloor heating for a smaller room in your home, our popular StickyMat System offers great value for money – with full-package prices starting at just $628.00 (based on an average 89sf bathroom purchase).

FOIL underfloor heating

All systems require a dedicated heating controller and insulation should be considered. Let’s work out the total cost for underfloor heating in a bathroom with a heated floor area of approximately 35 sf:

  • 30 of StickyMat DWM-120-420 = $379.00
  • Insulation Boards for 48 sf= $231.00
  • 4iE Smart WiFi Thermostat = $309

Total Underfloor Heating System Cost (MSRP) = $919 + Applicable Tax

While this costing is based on suggested retail price, many of our heating systems can be purchased at lower prices within our reseller network and your installer may be able to make use of trade discounts too.

If you’d like to find out how much floor heating will cost you, get an instant online quote today.

Underfloor heating uses less energy to reach optimal comfort temperatures than central heating systems

Pricing of wet underfloor heating systems

Due to their specific installation requirements, water floor heating systems are typically recommended for new-build projects with larger heated floor areas. While they are more expensive to purchase and install than electric floor heaters, warm water systems (also known as “hydronic” systems) offer even lower long-term running costs due to using a gas-powered heat source or a ground/air source heat pump.

At this time we do not offer a range of hydronic underfloor heating solutions in North America. But not for long. Stay tuned!

What are the running costs of a Warmup system?

Due to their energy-efficient attributes, a floor heating system can help save you money on your heating bills. The exact running costs of a water or electric floor heater in your home will vary on your home’s design, your energy usage, and your energy provider.

The table below shows the typical running costs of a Warmup electric system, worked out by the heated floor area and the number of hours it is used over the course of a day.

running cost chart

With rapid heat-up times, you can see that using a floor heater to warm up a small bathroom in time for your bath or shower will cost just a matter of pennies each day.

Wet floor heating systems offer even lower running costs as they can use sustainable heat sources such as biomass boilers and heat pumps and if using a typical combination boiler, the price of gas is still significantly cheaper than electricity.

You can dramatically increase the energy-efficiency of a floor heating system by controlling it with a Smart Thermostat and using high-quality insulation to stop any heat escaping.

The price of getting a system installed will depend on your project’s needs, your location, and the tradesperson.

What are the installation costs?

We recommend that your new heating system is always fitted by a fully qualified installer who has worked with underfloor heating before. The price of getting a system installed will depend on your project’s needs, your location, and the tradesperson you have selected. As they provide rapid installation times, electric systems will be cheaper to install – you can expect to pay an installer anywhere from $50-100 an hour to install a heating system in your home.

Wet underfloor heating systems require a greater level of skill and time to install and will, therefore, cost more money.

Thinking of installing a floor heater in your home?

Underfloor heating is a cleaner, more contemporary way to heat your home and as this article has shown, it’s also more affordable than you think. Electric systems are cheaper to purchase and install whereas wet floor heating systems have higher initial costs but lower long-term running costs. Interested in learning more? See our 2021 Underfloor Heating brochure with pricing.


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