Underfloor heating is one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK’s heating industry. 
 
It accounted for around 7.7% by value in 2019, according to a recent report which makes forecasts for the sector to 2024. It is expected to continue growing annually at 4 to 6% for the next four years. 
The UK underfloor heating market has been growing significantly over the last five years, benefiting from stability in residential homebuilding and renovation and growth in the non-residential construction industry. 
 
Why choose underfloor heating 
Energy efficiency and environmental concerns have supported demand for underfloor heating systems. It’s estimated that water-based systems are around 25% more efficient than radiators, when used with a condensing boiler, and up to 40% more efficient when running from a heat pump. 
 
There are also more plumbing and heating engineers trained to install underfloor heating who can recommend it as an option for their customers. 
Because it is now easy to obtain all the parts online and digital purchasing is becoming much more common, it’s more popular with installers. 
 
Domestic users are also more aware of the benefits of underfloor heating, which is increasing demand. 
 
The products are becoming easier to install, making underfloor heating an attractive option for building renovations. 
 
There are now systems (both water-based and electric) that can be laid over existing floors, minimising disruption and speeding up installation. 
 
Electric underfloor heating 
Electric underfloor heating systems are proving an especially popular solution for existing properties. Delivered on matting with the elements already in place, they make installation much easier. 
 
However, although the matting (not the wiring) can be trimmed, unusually shaped rooms might need a loose wire solution. 
 
It’s also important to confirm with the manufacturer that the base and whatever you plan to lay over your underfloor heating system will be suitable. 
 
Insultation board might be a good choice for the base because it will help to reduce energy loss and will provide a good, stable base. 
 
Of course, you will need to make sure your electricity supply is in the right place and has been installed by a qualified professional. 
 
Underfloor heating is covered by Part L of the Building Regulations, which covers the conservation of fuel and power, so contact your local authority if the you are planning to install underfloor heating. 
 
If you would like advice on the electrical requirements for underfloor heating, please get in touch
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