Underfloor Heating Costs 2023 Written by Tom Gill Updated on 4 August 2023 ✔ Underfloor heating usually costs between £2,000 and £10,000✔ The cost depends on the size, heating method, and whether it's a retrofit✔ A water-based system is more expensive than an electric systemUnderfloor heating has always added a touch of luxury to a home, making it a popular choice for many homeowners, including those with heat pumps – as long as they’re willing to shell out. Although it's effective, underfloor heating will add to the already-high heat pump prices.But how much does it cost exactly? This depends on a few key factors, which we'll explain below.We’ll also take a look at the pros and cons of underfloor heating, and the scenarios that make underfloor heating highly recommended, rather than just a luxury. What’s on this page? 01 How much does underfloor heating cost? 02 Factors affecting the cost of underfloor heating 03 How much does underfloor heating cost to run? 04 The pros and cons of underfloor heating 05 How many UK homes have underfloor heating? 06 How eco-friendly is underfloor heating? 07 Next steps 08 Underfloor heating costs: FAQs How much does underfloor heating cost?Type of underfloor heating5 m²20 m²50 m²100 m²200 m²Water-based£638£2,550£6,375£12,750£25,500Electric£363£1,450£3,625£7,250£14,500Underfloor heating typically costs between £2,000 and £10,000, but this can scale up even further if a project is particularly big.You need to factor in running costs too, which again depend on the size of the installation. Factors affecting the cost of underfloor heatingWorking out exactly how much underfloor heating costs involves a number of factors. These include:Whether the property is a new build or notThe size of your underfloor heating installationWhether you choose water-based or electric underfloor heatingThe size of your propertyThe condition of your propertyThe number of rooms you want to have underfloor heating inThe easiest way to get underfloor heating is to find a new build home you like that already has it installed. You won't have to retrofit a system, and the price will simply be included in the price you pay for the property.If you want to add underfloor heating to an existing property, an installer may have to carry out some work to ensure the building is suitable for it. This can get a whole lot more complicated in older buildings.For instance, installing underfloor heating under solid stone floors will be difficult and more expensive than fitting it under most floors in modern properties. How much does underfloor heating cost to run?An electric underfloor heating system costs £5.42 per month, per square metre to run, on average.A 10m² room will therefore cost £54.20 per month, assuming you have the heating on for eight hours per day.If you're only planning on using your underfloor heating during the six coldest months of the year, you'll typically pay £325 per year.If you'd rather have it on every day, you'll pay around £650 per year.Your exact running costs will of course depend on your system's size and wattage, and how well-insulated your home is. The pros and cons of underfloor heatingUnderfloor heating is pretty great, but not perfect. Here are the pros and cons of underfloor heating. Pros Increases energy efficiency Low maintenance Can be installed almost anywhere Lets you focus heating Adds value to your home Safer than radiators Cons Costly Disruptive Takes time to heat up Impacts furniture Pros of underfloor heatingIncreases energy efficiency – underfloor heating is up to 40% more efficient than radiatorsLow maintenance – underfloor heating usually comes with a lifetime guarantee, as there’s rarely need to repair itCan be installed almost anywhere – despite potential difficulties in older properties, it's still usually possible to install underfloor heatingLets you focus heating – with certain systems, you can customise where the heating is targeted (for example you can have heating on in the bathroom, but not in the kitchen)Adds value to your home – underfloor heating is a highly sought-after feature for homebuyers and will almost certainly help you sell your home for moreSafer than radiators – there’s no need to worry about young children either burning themselves or bumping into the sharp edges of a radiator Cons of underfloor heatingCostly – installing underfloor heating retroactively always costs more than if it’s built into a new build; this is especially true in older properties that require specialist care. This isn't ideal, considering 43% of people rank high energy bills as the most important factor preventing them from investing in low-carbon products, according to our Home Energy SurveyDisruptive – if you’re installing it retroactively, underfloor heating can cause a lot of upheaval in your homeTakes time to heat up – underfloor heating takes longer to warm a room up than a radiator on full blast, but once it does, you can run it for longer and more efficiently than a radiatorImpacts furniture – most furniture will be absolutely fine, but be conscious of placing underfloor heating under things such as kitchen appliances and cupboards (the warmth can cause food to go bad quicker); other things like baths are a no as well How many UK homes have underfloor heating?Underfloor heating now accounts for 7.7% of the UK’s heating industry, according to a study by AMA Research.With the wider adoption of heat pumps, as gas-powered boilers are phased out, underfloor heating will become even more popular.The market is set to grow at a rate of 4–6% per year, which increases the pressure on the industry to make sure there are enough trained installers to meet demand. How eco-friendly is underfloor heating?Very. Underfloor heating requires far lower temperatures than radiators. This is because an underfloor system can spread the heating over a much larger area, unlike radiators that need to heat a room from a comparatively smaller surface area.And because they have a smaller surface area, radiators must subsequently reach far higher temperatures (using more energy as a result).When combined with a heat pump as well, underfloor heating becomes even more eco-friendly, since heat pumps only use electricity and the ambient warmth of the air or ground.Underfloor heating can also be powered with solar, another eco-friendly upgrade.Alternatively, you can look into infrared underfloor heating – another new eco-friendly heating method on the market. Next stepsWhile the initial cost of underfloor heating and the work of installation might put some people off, the long-term benefits are well worth it.And if you combine underfloor heating with a heat pump, you can massively reduce your carbon emissions while making yourself less reliant on the gas grid. Underfloor heating costs: FAQs What is the main disadvantage of underfloor heating? The main disadvantage of underfloor heating is the cost.You'll typically pay around £3,600 for a 50 m² installation, and its running costs will come to £271 per month, on average.This is more than you'll typically pay for a gas-based heating system – but soon you won't be able to buy a new gas boiler, so it's wise to look at alternatives. Which is cheaper to run: underfloor heating or radiators? Water-based underfloor heating is typically cheaper to run than radiators.You'll save 20% on your heating bills by moving from radiators to a water-based underfloor heating system – though it'll usually cost thousands of pounds to make the switch. If you plan to use electric underfloor heating, your energy bills will be around twice as high as they are while you use radiators with a gas boiler. Is it cheaper to leave underfloor heating on constantly? It's much more expensive to leave underfloor heating on constantly, and it's wasteful.With a water-based system, you'll be continuously heating up large amounts of water that you don't need, just for the odd moment when the temperature drops below your desired level.If you have an electric system, it'll be incredibly expensive for you, as electricity costs around four times as much as gas. Written by: Tom Gill Writer Tom joined The Eco Experts over a year ago and has since covered the carbon footprint of the Roman Empire, profiled the world’s largest solar farms, and investigated what a 100% renewable UK would look like. Tom has a particular interest in the global energy market and how it works, including the ongoing semiconductor shortage, the future of hydrogen, and Cornwall's growing lithium industry.