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The Cost and Energy Savings of UFH and Heat Pumps

December 14th, 2022 | underfloor heating | Choosing a System

If you’re considering upgrading your home’s heating system to make it more energy-efficient, then a new hydro underfloor heating system installed with a ground or air-source heat pump is the perfect choice. In this guide we’ll explore the outlaying costs and long-term financial and energy savings of installing radiant floor heating with heat pumps. You’ll learn more about:

  • How much money you can expect to save
  • How heat pumps and floor heating can reduce your home’s carbon emissions
  • The costs involved in buying and installing UFH with a heat pump
  • The best floor heating systems to use with heat pumps and how to purchase them

How much money can I save on my energy bills using a heat pump with floor heating?

Due to their energy-saving technology, underfloor heating systems are up to 40% more efficient than traditional heating solutions and with this advanced technology, you can look forward to significant savings on your energy bills too. But did you know that you can enhance these savings by installing a UFH system with a ground or air-source heat pump? Heat pumps are a low carbon heat source that produce more energy than they require to run and are perfect to use with water floor heating as both heat pumps and UFH systems have been developed to run at lower temperatures. This increased efficiency can result in even bigger savings on your home’s running costs. Find out more about the best ways to future proof your home whilst saving money on your energy bills in our expert article.

To illustrate the cost-savings of using a heat-pump-operated floor heating system in your home, let’s compare the estimated costs of heating a home with UFH, a Smart Thermostat and a heat pump vs. the same home which is utilising a standard gas boiler-based central heating system. From the comparison below, you can see that you could save nearly £700 on your annual energy bills by using a Warmup system with a heat pump.

Estimated annual cost of heating a traditional home with a gas boiler, radiators and a programmable thermostat. Estimated annual cost of heating a Warmup home with a heat pump, Water UFH and a Smart thermostat.
£847.71 £160.75 

Will using a heat pump with floor heating lower my home’s carbon footprint?

Yes, it will. Using underfloor heating with a heat pump can greatly improve your home’s energy performance – dramatically reducing its carbon emissions. If we continue our comparison of a home utilising a standard gas boiler with radiators vs. a home with Warmup floor heating and a heat pump, you can see that you could reduce your home’s carbon emissions by nearly 1900 kgCO2/year.

Estimated kgCO2/year output of a traditional home with a gas boiler, radiators and a programmable thermostat. Estimated kgCO2/year output of a Warmup home with a heat pump, Water UFH and a Smart thermostat.
2,107 kgCO2/year  207 kgCO2/year

The sustainable technology of radiant floor heating used alongside a renewables-based heat pump can help create cleaner, greener homes for the benefit of everyone. Read our informative guide to discover more about the benefits of installing a heat pump with underfloor heating.

How much will a heat pump and UFH system cost for my home?

Heat pumps can be expensive to purchase but their enhanced energy-saving performance means this initial cost can be outweighed by the cost-savings they offer – often hundreds of pounds a year off your heating bills. Prices can vary for heat pumps based on your energy needs and the specifications of your property. You can expect to pay between approximately £4000 – £8000 for an air-source heat pump while a ground-source pump will cost more, somewhere between £12,000 – £18,000. Ground source heat-pumps are typically recommended for larger new build homes.

How do I purchase a heat pump compatible underfloor heating system?

The cost of purchasing a wet underfloor heating system is dependent on the size and scope of your project but the Clypso System can be purchased at an accessible price of just £41.57/ M² + VAT. Read our article to learn more about the best floor heating systems to use with a heat pump.

Installation costs for both heat pumps and UFH systems will also vary based your project’s requirements but labour costs of around £200 – £300 a day are typical. It’s also important to know that by installing a heat pump in your home, you may be entitled to receive grants from the UK Government through the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme which aims to promote the use of renewable energy.

How do I purchase a heat pump compatible underfloor heating system?

Our online quoting tool for water floor heating systems is compatible with heat pumps, meaning you can specify a heat pump when filling out the short form and we’ll show the best system for your needs and tell you how much it will cost.

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instant, accurate, flexible

Quoting Tools: instant, accurate, flexible

Warmup offers an extensive range of electric and water floor systems compatible with all floor types, rooms and projects.

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  • ✓ Ideal for zones less than 25m²
  • ✓ Ideal for single rooms
  • ✓ Does not alter floor levels
  • ✓ Great for renovations

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  • ✓ Ideal for larger zones over 25m²
  • ✓ Rapid auto heat loss calculations
  • ✓ Compatible with existing central heating systems
  • ✓ Great for new-builds

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