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Pros and Cons of an Under-Floor Heating System

Underfloor heating (UFH) is a modern technique applied in commercial and domestic buildings for even, efficient and long-lasting heating. Offering multiple advantages, it remains appealing for customers to install it in their homes.

However, it may come up with some disadvantages that you must know to make the right decision. The blog below highlights some major pros and cons of the UFH, making it easy for you to decide about its installation.

Advantages of UFH Systems

When it comes to the usefulness of UFH, there are a number of advantages of installing this system:

Evenly-Heated Indoors

Conventional heating radiators were inefficient in evenly heating indoor spaces. People could feel excessive warmth near them, and the mid of the rooms used to remain cold.

This usually requires to open a window to bring some fresh air in, and it wasted all the heat energy of the room. Unlike those conventional UFHs, modern UFHs are more proficient in heating the room evenly all over the space giving a cosy feeling. The UFH provides warmth throughout the room without any cold spots or stuffiness in the area being heated.

Energy Efficient Heating

Another prominent factor about these UFH systems is their ability to run at 29 degrees Celsius or less, unlike traditional heating systems that operate at 65-75 degrees Celsius. Thus, these heating systems are energy efficient and help to reduce up to 40% of your energy bills.

Space and Design Freedom

Heating radiators are inconvenient to install as they need a separate space along your walls. Contrary to this, UFH systems can be easily installed under your floors. Not only does this frees the space occupied by the radiators, but it also keeps the aesthetics intact.

Versatile in Usage

Another key benefit of these heating systems is their ability to work under any kind of floor. Whether you have a vinyl, stone, carpets or engineered wood floor, UFH systems remain effective for all types of floors.

Enhanced Safety

Thermal radiators are installed along the wall, so there are chances of burning as you mistakenly touch them. Additionally, children may approach these radiators and harm them unintentionally. But these problems get eliminated by using UFH systems as they are concealed beneath your floor.

Fine Air Quality

UFH systems create an even, warm air in the room that is comparatively rich in oxygen where, whereas thermal radiators generate excessive heat unnecessarily and consume a lot of oxygen in the room.

Moreover, due to thermal regulation, the air rises to the ceiling and becomes saturated with dust particles. Hence, indirectly, thermal radiators throw contaminated warm air inside the room.

Effortless to Run

These systems do not require repeated maintenance, saving you time and cost. Electric underfloor heating offers exceptional user-friendliness. Coupled with a smart thermostat, it allows you to manage your room’s temperature and exercise full control over the underfloor heating functions, catering to your preferences.

Ease of Installation

UFH systems are very easy to install. Whatever the size of your room is, you can fit the system of the required size without any hassle of making special adjustments for fitting UFH.

Disadvantages of UFH Systems

Apart from being easy to install, energy-efficient, and versatile for usage, there are some cons associated with these UFH systems.

Slightly Higher Costs

Cost remains a prominent factor regarding the installation of the UFH systems. Although they are not expensive yet, their installation costs you like £200 – 300 a day for the labour. The installation cost can also vary depending on the system you choose for your room and the size of your room.

For example, if you have a larger room and want to install a wet underfloor heating system, it will be more expensive than an electric UFH system.

Floor Height Problem

Unbalanced floors and increased floor height are the issues related to the UFH system installation. Underfloor wiring, electric insulations and underlayments can increase your floor height. such as, you have to place insulation boards, which add up to an increment of 1 inch in the floor height. Thus, the floor height issue remains a notable concern for installing the UFH system.

Longer Installation Time

Another limitation of UFH systems is their installation time. Usually, they require you to apply a self-levelling compound, which can take 1-2 days to dry. Likewise, hydronic underfloor heating systems can require several days to install completely.


With ease of installation, greater energy efficiency, and a better cosy environment, UFH systems are very beneficial if you opt for installing them. However, these systems have some drawbacks, like more installation costs and time required to complete the installation.

Yet their several advantages outshine their drawbacks. And as a whole, these systems are very advantageous for your commercial or domestic property.

So, if you intend to install a UFH system in your commercial or domestic property, Superflow UFH is the best choice. Having years of experience in UFH installations, we can provide you with the best installations. Our staff is knowledgeable, well-equipped and experienced to plan and install your UFH in an effective manner so that you get the maximum benefit out of your investment in UFH.

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