Pros and Cons of Under Floor Heating – Is it the right choice for your home?

Are you in the process of designing your dream home? It’s time for you to consider the type of heating that you will install. With the cold winters that we experience here in Australia, keeping our homes and families warm is essential. Our top recommendation is underfloor heating, which consists of pipes embedded in a concrete slab under your flooring through which warm water is passed before heating up the room above. But are the advantages and disadvantages?


There are many advantages to underfloor heating, including:

  • You will actually notice a reduction in your bills – from 15% to as much as 50%. Though installation is an investment, the savings will more than make up for it over time.
  • Those suffering from asthma and other allergies will have some much-needed relief, as this heating doesn’t move air around. Dust and other allergens won’t be dispersed as easily.
  • For similar reasons, you’ll find that your home doesn’t get as dirty as quickly. Your carpets, especially, will appear and feel much cleaner without the same level of dust build-up.
  • These systems run incredibly quietly – you won’t even notice that it’s turned on. This is in direct comparison with ducted systems, which have a distinctive roar when turning on and off.
  • This heating is compatible with pretty much any flooring on the market, including natural stone, laminate, hardwood and carpet.
  • As these systems are completely hidden beneath the floor, there aren’t any unsightly vents or radiators to clash with the décor and appearance of your beautiful home.
  • When installed in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry of your home, you’ll find that water spills evaporate much quicker. This can help to eliminate potential slipping hazards.


There are also some disadvantages to underfloor heating, such as:

  • Some people find that this heating can take longer to heat up than more traditional systems. However, by splitting your home into zones, you’ll find it far quicker to warm your most used areas – rather than heating the whole home at once, as is the case with other central heating systems.
  • Retrofitting these systems can be both expensive and impractical, so it’s not recommended for existing homes. In these cases, our attractive range of panel radiators or stylish trench heaters are an excellent alternative.
  • The heating must be well designed from the get-go, as it’s incredibly difficult to change or alter once it has been installed. By partnering with our professional team, this can be avoided. Future costly maintenance will also be unlikely.

When choosing a heating system for your new home, it’s important to consider all of the options available to you. As you can see, the benefits of under floor heating far outway any disadvantages, and most common cons can be avoided by partnering with a reputable company.

Are you ready to make the switch? Speak with the team at Cambro Hydronic Heating today!