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Radiant Floor Heating Improves Air Quality

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, over 60 million Americans suffer from allergy symptoms. That is one out of every five people in this country. The chart below shows how asthma and allergies affect more Americans than any other health ailment.

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Source: Annual U.S. Prevalence Statistics for Chronic Diseases

I can relate to those who suffer from allergies because two of my three children experience continuous sneezing, coughing and other allergy symptoms throughout the year. Luckily, asthma and allergy symptoms can be improved by using an electric radiant floor heating system instead of a forced air heating system.

You may be wondering, “So how does this work exactly?” To begin, many people spend a great deal of time indoors using their forced air systems to heat their homes during the colder months. The problem with this is that debris and allergies move into the house and can further complicate allergy sufferers as they breathe in the same stale air repetitively.

A healthy way to lower the indoor pollution of allergens is to reduce the use of forced air heating systems by instead using electric radiant floor heating. Forced air heating and cooling systems continuously mix with airborne particles and heighten the effects of allergies. These indoor particles are made up of pollens, pet dander, mold spores, bacteria, dust mites and more. Forced air systems can also be prone to harboring bacteria that can thrive in the ductwork system. This is enhanced if the home is located in a climate that also utilizes the same duct work for air conditioning.

When you break down the forced air systems it is easy to see how these pollens can move throughout the building envelope. Forced air heating is composed of supply ductwork and a heat register in each room. Most likely each of these rooms will also include a return air register to move the air back through the ductwork and to the furnace where it gathers up the heat energy and allergens that move back through the house over and over again. Another problem with forced air heating is that they also draw in outside air which intensifies more allergens to move through the nooks and crannies of the building envelope, whereas a radiant heat system pulls in less outside air.

A great solution is to blow less air around your home. Radiant floor heating systems are the clear choice for families who suffer from allergies. A great solution is to have your home entirely heated with an electric radiant floor heating system. Radiant systems can be complex designs comprised of water tubing to more simplistic approaches of electric mats or cables. Some hydronic and electric radiant floor heating systems do not move air as a means to deliver heat to the building and its occupants. That in itself reduces the movement of indoor particles. If the household budget does not allow for a total house radiant conversion, you can still reap the rewards of radiant heating in one or more rooms.

An additional benefit with electric radiant floor heating will be that your kids take less sick days off from school! Contact a representative at (800) 785-8738, or contact us online for more information.