By now, you have probably heard of the many virtues of underfloor heating. The luxury of evenly heated floors – not to mention lower energy bills – are excellent reasons to opt for a water underfloor heating system. What you may not have heard, however, is that an underfloor heating system is not just a luxurious addition to your home – it’s actually good for you.
Read more about some of the unexpected benefits underfloor heating can bring to you and your family’s health and well-being.
Dust and Asthma
We all know that dust is virtually unavoidable in any home – but did you know that your current heating system could be worsening the situation?
Radiators work via convection currents, which means that dust particles are circulated around the room. You may have noticed that the walls around your radiator are slightly darker – this is a clear sign that dust is being ‘picked up’ and carried by your radiator’s convection currents, and is affecting the air quality within your home.
If you suffer from asthma, or a sensitivity to dust, then this could be aggravated by your radiators.
Water underfloor heating, on the other hand, works through radiant heating, which cuts down on the amount of air movement and prevents dust from being circled throughout the room. It is a much gentler way of producing an even heat, and ensures that your airways are less agitated by household dust.
Dust Mites and Allergies
Dust mites are microscopic creatures found in every home. They burrow down into soft furnishings and carpets, where moisture is easily retained, and feed off minute skin cells caught within the fabric. They are very difficult to avoid, but what you may not know is that an allergy to dust mites is incredibly common, and often mistaken for a sensitivity to dust.
Since an underfloor heating system limits the amount of dust circulating around your room, it also prevents dust mites from getting into your airways and lungs and causing irritation. What’s more, water underfloor heating greatly reduces the amount of moisture in your carpets, which makes for a far less inviting environment for dust mites.
According to the NHS, around 10 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with arthritis and similar conditions that trigger joint pain. The constant, even source of heat that water underfloor heating systems provide can help to alleviate stiffness, and provide comfort and relief during painful muscle spasms – especially in the ankles and legs.
Radiators pose a significant, particularly to young children and the elderly. They can get hot enough to cause second degree burns, which are extremely painful and may require medical treatment. Although radiator guards can provide a level of protection for your family, they are often unsightly, and can introduce an additional tripping hazard within your home.
Since the pipes are buried beneath the floor, a water underfloor heating system eliminates the need for radiators altogether, meaning that your spaces can be made safer and clearer for everyone.