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Should you get underfloor heating?

What you need to know about underfloor heating

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Is getting underfloor heating right for you? We asked members about their experiences.

Underfloor heating isn’t cheap. So to help you decide if it’s right for you and your home, we’ve spoken to 177 underfloor heating owners about their reasons for getting it installed, and what they wish they had known before they paid out.

There are a lot of factors you need to consider before you fork out for underfloor heating. If you make the wrong decision, you could end up with an expensive system that’s not right for your home. 

Which is why we asked underfloor heating owners about their experiences and why they had chosen to get it. You can use our research to find out more about underfloor heating, including whether it really makes a home more comfortable or if it can be a replacement for radiators.

We also interviewed underfloor heating installers to get their insider tips about how to choose the best underfloor heating system and installation.

To find out what our members said and what our expert tips revealed, go to underfloor heating pros and cons

Top four reasons for getting underfloor heating

Although having renovation work done already was the number one reason for people getting underfloor heating, three other reasons stood out on people’s lists:

  • 52% had underfloor heating installed as they were having building work done
  • 49% did it because they wanted to make their home comfortable
  • 28% wanted to get rid of the clutter of radiators
  • 22% wanted to add it to a new conservatory.

The majority of people had underfloor heating installed because they were having other work done on their home, as it made sense to do it at the same time. 

So if you’re planning on having some building work done, it’s worth thinking now about whether underfloor heating is right for your home and lifestyle.

Underfloor heating: things to think about

There are a lot of elements that can add to the cost of underfloor heating, so it’s important to think carefully before you buy. Here are some key things you’ll need to ask yourself and think about.

  • Do you want an electric or water system? Electric systems tend to be more expensive to run but cheaper to install, and water systems the reverse.
  • How many rooms do you want it installed in and what size are the rooms? 
  • Will it be fitted in a new room or existing room?
  • Do you want to get rid of the radiators in that room and use it as the only heat source?

We interviewed dozens of retailers to find out what elements can increase the price of underfloor heating. You can see what we found out in our expert guide to underfloor heating costs and installation.

(Our research: in August 2015, we surveyed online 177 Which? members who have underfloor heating.)

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