Floor Heating Running Costs
How much does it cost to run under floor electric heating?
One of the most common questions we get asked and there's no short answer as the costs vary due to a number of factors.
Floor heating costs can vary quite a bit. The size and design of your home, the temperature you want to achieve and the choice of using off-peak or standard rate power will all affect the running costs.
Under floor heating running costs are influenced by:
- 1. Size and design of your home
- 2. The temperature you want to achieve
- Your power type and whether off-peak or standard rate
- Your type of floor coverings
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and keep heating and cooling costs to a minimum, consideration should always be given to a good solar passive design and the highest levels of insulation that are practical within your budget.
Implementing all the usual energy saving options into your home will naturally always help reduce energy bills as would the consideration of Increasing ceiling insulation to R5 or R6 and double glazing the windows. Many people are also now adding PV ‘solar power' to their home design to further reduce power bills.
Our best advice on this subject if using under floor heating as your main winter heating system would be to carefully consider using off peak power where available as this can often result in savings of close to 50% compared with standard tariffs.
The typical heat output in an average installation is around 120-130 watts per square metre for the available free floor area in main living areas (family/dining/kitchen etc.) However in bathrooms we usually increase the output around 200w/sqm to ensure higher comfort levels and a faster response time.
The advanced digital thermostat we use in our installations measures the temperature in regular 15 minute cycles and then delivers just the right amount of power during the next cycle in order to maintain a constant temperature. This ensures energy is not wasted and also avoids the 'peaks & troughs' associated with many other forms of heating.
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