By Emily Rivers
Last updated 24th April 2023

Electric Underfloor Heating Cost Guide for 2023

Electric underfloor heating is a fantastic option for heating your home. It means that you don’t have to have radiators and the floor will feel lovely and warm underfoot. The average cost for installing electric underfloor heating in an 11m2 room (around the size of a medium kitchen) is around £1,000, but we’ll go into the specifics in this guide.

Electric underfloor heating costs

There are two different types of underfloor heating: electric underfloor heating, sometimes called dry underfloor heating, and water underfloor heating, often called wet underfloor heating. We’ll only focus on dry underfloor heating in this guide, but here are the average costs for both so you can compare:

Type of underfloor heating

Average cost per square meter

Electric underfloor heating in a new build

£65

Retrofitted electric underfloor heating

£85

Wet underfloor heating in a new build

£128

Retrofitted wet underfloor heating

£160

HaMuch has a large database of hourly and daily rates for electric underfloor heating based on your location, so make sure you take a look at those costs too. The best thing to do is to get in touch with a few electric underfloor heating companies to get an accurate price.

Cost to install electric underfloor heating

What is electric underfloor heating?

Electric underfloor heating, or ‘dry’ underfloor heating, uses wires underneath your floor to heat your home. It usually comes in mats made up of wiring that can be laid under your floor, but you can also get loose wiring to fit in small or difficult-to-reach areas. 

Electric underfloor heating is generally easier to install than wet underfloor heating (that involves laying pipes under your floor), so it’s also cheaper to have installed. Electric underfloor heating obviously runs off your electricity supply, whereas wet underfloor heating is usually connected to your boiler or a heat pump.

Types of electric underfloor heating

Heating mats

Underfloor heating mats are perfect for installing under stone or tiled floors as they retain heat well. The mats have the wiring already fitted to them, spaced evenly, so they work well for regular-shaped rooms. 

To reduce energy costs and reach optimal warmth in less time, it’s best to invest in a higher wattage mat. When laid on a well-insulated concrete floor, the heat will move upwards and minimise heat loss.

Loose fit wires

Loose fit wires are ideal for irregular-shaped rooms or in bathrooms where there is a large bathtub to work around. It gives the installer flexibility that mats can’t provide, and can actually work out cheaper for large rooms.

Installers simply have to fit the cables around bathtubs or floor-mounted appliances rather than having to spend time removing wires from mats.

Foil film underfloor heating

Foil film is ideal for dry rooms (not kitchens or bathrooms) and is best for laying under wooden, parquet and laminate floors. 

When laid on top of concrete or chipboard, this type of electric underfloor heating can be very efficient. To maximise the benefits, it can be placed under a layer of insulation to help with heat transfer. 

Your underfloor heating installer will be able to tell you which type of electric underfloor heating is best for you. Make sure you know what type of floor you want to have laid on top and whether there are any obstructions, so the specialist can give you the most accurate price.

Is it expensive to run electric underfloor heating?

Electric underfloor heating is generally more expensive than gas central heating because electricity costs more than gas. However, you don’t need to whack the thermostat up with underfloor heating like you do with gas heating, as it works at a lower temperature, so you may find that you make some savings there.

The other way to make electric underfloor heating more affordable is to power it with solar electricity. Solar panels normally sit on your roof and generate electricity from daylight, giving you free electricity that you can use to power your underfloor heating.

Is electric underfloor heating cheaper than radiators?

As of March 2023, electricity is about 4 times the cost per unit than gas, so in general electric underfloor heating is not cheaper than using radiators that are connected to gas. However, if you have electric radiators, it’s very likely that electric underfloor heating will be cheaper, as underfloor heating operates at a lower temperature. It also distributes heating across your home evenly, which electric radiators can’t do, so you won’t have to have the heating on as long to feel warm.

Can you leave electric underfloor heating on all the time?

Yes - you can leave electric underfloor heating on all the time, and in fact it’s encouraged! By leaving your underfloor heating on all the time during the winter, you’ll increase the system’s efficiency. Instead of turning it off and having to wait for it to heat up, it will be at a constant comfortable temperature.

Is electric floor heating worth it?

We think electric underfloor heating is definitely worth it, especially if you are building your property or are undergoing renovation works. When it’s installed in a new build, it’s incredibly easy as the contractors will just install it before the floor is laid. In an existing property, there is more disruption since your original floor will need to be pulled up, but if you’re already replacing the floor or doing other renovation works it makes sense to add electric underfloor heating at the same time. 

If you already have solar panels installed, electric underfloor heating is definitely worth it. You can use the free electricity that your panels generate to power the underfloor heating, reducing your reliance on the grid and reducing your energy bill.

If you’re considering electric underfloor heating, make sure you get quotes from local electricians that can fit it for you. Use HaMuch to get comparison quotes from installers in your area.


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Fit electric underfloor heating near Aberdeen£524
Fit electric underfloor heating near Amber Valley£430
Fit electric underfloor heating near Angus£446
Fit electric underfloor heating near Arun£454
Fit electric underfloor heating near Ashfield£434
Fit electric underfloor heating near Aylesbury Vale£510
Fit electric underfloor heating near Barnsley£462
Fit electric underfloor heating near Basildon£526
Fit electric underfloor heating near Basingstoke & Deane£524
Fit electric underfloor heating near Bassetlaw£482
Fit electric underfloor heating near Bath & North East Somerset£500
Fit electric underfloor heating near Bedford£514
Fit electric underfloor heating near Belfast£358
Fit electric underfloor heating near Birmingham£454
Fit electric underfloor heating near Blackburn£444
Fit electric underfloor heating near Blackpool£474
Fit electric underfloor heating near Bolton£446
Fit electric underfloor heating near Bournemouth£476
Fit electric underfloor heating near Bracknell Forest£544
Fit electric underfloor heating near Bradford£456
Fit electric underfloor heating near Braintree£494
Fit electric underfloor heating near Breckland£496
Fit electric underfloor heating near Bridgend£432
Fit electric underfloor heating near Brighton£468
Fit electric underfloor heating near Bristol£486
Fit electric underfloor heating near Broadland£520
Fit electric underfloor heating near Broxtowe£436
Fit electric underfloor heating near Bury£446
Fit electric underfloor heating near Caerphilly£422
Fit electric underfloor heating near Calderdale£444
Fit electric underfloor heating near Cambridge£500
Fit electric underfloor heating near Canterbury£458
Fit electric underfloor heating near Cardiff£428
Fit electric underfloor heating near Carmarthenshire£426
Fit electric underfloor heating near Charnwood£452
Fit electric underfloor heating near Chelmsford£520
Fit electric underfloor heating near Cheltenham£494
Fit electric underfloor heating near Cherwell£500
Fit electric underfloor heating near Chester£438
Fit electric underfloor heating near Colchester£478
Fit electric underfloor heating near Conway£614
Fit electric underfloor heating near Coventry£462
Fit electric underfloor heating near Crewe & Nantwich£414
Fit electric underfloor heating near Dacorum£524
Fit electric underfloor heating near Derby£428
Fit electric underfloor heating near Doncaster£484
Fit electric underfloor heating near Dover£442
Fit electric underfloor heating near Dudley£450
Fit electric underfloor heating near Dumfries & Galloway£464
Fit electric underfloor heating near Dundee£502
Fit electric underfloor heating near East Ayrshire£468
Fit electric underfloor heating near East Devon£446
Fit electric underfloor heating near East Dunbartonshire£534
Fit electric underfloor heating near East Hampshire£500
Fit electric underfloor heating near East Hertfordshire£522
Fit electric underfloor heating near East Lindsey£380
Fit electric underfloor heating near East Riding£444
Fit electric underfloor heating near Eastleigh£512
Fit electric underfloor heating near Edinburgh£488
Fit electric underfloor heating near Elmbridge£552
Fit electric underfloor heating near Epping Forest£546
Fit electric underfloor heating near Erewash£434
Fit electric underfloor heating near Exeter£442
Fit electric underfloor heating near Falkirk£512
Fit electric underfloor heating near Fife£456
Fit electric underfloor heating near Flintshire£436
Fit electric underfloor heating near Gateshead£460
Fit electric underfloor heating near Gedling£436
Fit electric underfloor heating near Glasgow£528
Fit electric underfloor heating near Gloucester£474
Fit electric underfloor heating near Guildford£544
Fit electric underfloor heating near Gwynedd£490
Fit electric underfloor heating near Halton£442
Fit electric underfloor heating near Harrogate£450
Fit electric underfloor heating near Havant & Waterloo£502
Fit electric underfloor heating near Horsham£510
Fit electric underfloor heating near Huntingdonshire£502
Fit electric underfloor heating near Ipswich£468
Fit electric underfloor heating near Isle of Wight£502
Fit electric underfloor heating near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£476
Fit electric underfloor heating near Kingston-upon-Hull£442
Fit electric underfloor heating near Kirklees£444
Fit electric underfloor heating near Knowsley£448
Fit electric underfloor heating near Lancaster£456
Fit electric underfloor heating near Leeds£462
Fit electric underfloor heating near Leicester£472
Fit electric underfloor heating near Lisburn£358
Fit electric underfloor heating near Liverpool£450
Fit electric underfloor heating near London£548
Fit electric underfloor heating near Luton£518
Fit electric underfloor heating near Macclesfield£448
Fit electric underfloor heating near Maidstone£512
Fit electric underfloor heating near Manchester£446
Fit electric underfloor heating near Mid Bedfordshire£510
Fit electric underfloor heating near Mid Sussex£498
Fit electric underfloor heating near Middlesbrough£464
Fit electric underfloor heating near Milton Keynes£506
Fit electric underfloor heating near Neath Port Talbot£440
Fit electric underfloor heating near New Forest£500
Fit electric underfloor heating near Newbury£522
Fit electric underfloor heating near Newcastle-under-Lyme£416
Fit electric underfloor heating near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£458
Fit electric underfloor heating near Newport£430
Fit electric underfloor heating near North Ayrshire£504
Fit electric underfloor heating near North East Lincolnshire£428
Fit electric underfloor heating near North Hertfordshire£514
Fit electric underfloor heating near North Lanarkshire£530
Fit electric underfloor heating near North Lincolnshire£466
Fit electric underfloor heating near North Somerset£482
Fit electric underfloor heating near North Tyneside£458
Fit electric underfloor heating near North Wiltshire£522
Fit electric underfloor heating near Northampton£512
Fit electric underfloor heating near Norwich£522
Fit electric underfloor heating near Nottingham£434
Fit electric underfloor heating near Nuneaton & Bedworth£466
Fit electric underfloor heating near Oldham£444
Fit electric underfloor heating near Oxford£502
Fit electric underfloor heating near Pembrokeshire£394
Fit electric underfloor heating near Perth & Kinross£488
Fit electric underfloor heating near Peterborough£498
Fit electric underfloor heating near Plymouth£456
Fit electric underfloor heating near Poole£480
Fit electric underfloor heating near Portsmouth£504
Fit electric underfloor heating near Powys£436
Fit electric underfloor heating near Preston£462
Fit electric underfloor heating near Reading£528
Fit electric underfloor heating near Redcar & Cleveland£480
Fit electric underfloor heating near Reigate & Banstead£552
Fit electric underfloor heating near Renfrewshire£528
Fit electric underfloor heating near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£432
Fit electric underfloor heating near Rochdale£448
Fit electric underfloor heating near Rotherham£446
Fit electric underfloor heating near Salford£446
Fit electric underfloor heating near Salisbury£468
Fit electric underfloor heating near Sandwell£454
Fit electric underfloor heating near Scarborough£450
Fit electric underfloor heating near Sefton£454
Fit electric underfloor heating near Sevenoaks£528
Fit electric underfloor heating near Sheffield£440
Fit electric underfloor heating near Slough£540
Fit electric underfloor heating near Solihull£458
Fit electric underfloor heating near South Ayrshire£496
Fit electric underfloor heating near South Bedfordshire£514
Fit electric underfloor heating near South Cambridgeshire£504
Fit electric underfloor heating near South Gloucestershire£494
Fit electric underfloor heating near South Kesteven£462
Fit electric underfloor heating near South Lanarkshire£510
Fit electric underfloor heating near South Oxfordshire£508
Fit electric underfloor heating near South Somerset£450
Fit electric underfloor heating near South Tyneside£458
Fit electric underfloor heating near Southampton£512
Fit electric underfloor heating near Southend-on-Sea£510
Fit electric underfloor heating near St Albans£528
Fit electric underfloor heating near St Helens£438
Fit electric underfloor heating near Stafford£448
Fit electric underfloor heating near Stockport£448
Fit electric underfloor heating near Stockton-on-Tees£462
Fit electric underfloor heating near Stoke-on-Trent£418
Fit electric underfloor heating near Stratford-on-Avon£468
Fit electric underfloor heating near Stroud£474
Fit electric underfloor heating near Suffolk Coastal£474
Fit electric underfloor heating near Sunderland£460
Fit electric underfloor heating near Swale£492
Fit electric underfloor heating near Swansea£438
Fit electric underfloor heating near Tameside£450
Fit electric underfloor heating near Teignbridge£430
Fit electric underfloor heating near Tendring£466
Fit electric underfloor heating near Test Valley£494
Fit electric underfloor heating near Thamesdown£520
Fit electric underfloor heating near Thanet£446
Fit electric underfloor heating near The Wrekin£414
Fit electric underfloor heating near Thurrock£528
Fit electric underfloor heating near Torbay£440
Fit electric underfloor heating near Trafford£444
Fit electric underfloor heating near Vale of Glamorgan£432
Fit electric underfloor heating near Vale of White Horse£492
Fit electric underfloor heating near Vale Royal£442
Fit electric underfloor heating near Wakefield£458
Fit electric underfloor heating near Walsall£452
Fit electric underfloor heating near Warrington£432
Fit electric underfloor heating near Warwick£470
Fit electric underfloor heating near Waveney£510
Fit electric underfloor heating near Waverley£540
Fit electric underfloor heating near Wealden£502
Fit electric underfloor heating near West Lancashire£448
Fit electric underfloor heating near West Lothian£482
Fit electric underfloor heating near West Wiltshire£522
Fit electric underfloor heating near Wigan£434
Fit electric underfloor heating near Windsor & Maidenhead£542
Fit electric underfloor heating near Wirral£458
Fit electric underfloor heating near Wokingham£538
Fit electric underfloor heating near Wolverhampton£452
Fit electric underfloor heating near Wrexham Maelor£428
Fit electric underfloor heating near Wychavon£468
Fit electric underfloor heating near Wycombe£522
Fit electric underfloor heating near York£456