Radiant floor heating can combat allergy triggers
People affected by allergies feel like the spring of 2013 was worse than ever before. Early blooming trees and flowers created an abundance of air-born pollen. Record setting rainfall kept mold counts high and cold, windy conditions helped to distribute pollen and mold spores everywhere.
The main advice of doctors, besides medication, is to stay inside and avoid allergens. But staying inside does not provide much relief when pollen manages to track its way in on shoes and clothing and through open doors. What's more, allergens typically found inside the home such as mold, pet dander and dust mites, can trigger hay fever-like symptoms just as troublesome as outside.
Making matters worse, central forced-air heating systems circulate and blow allergens around the home just like the wind spreads and scatters allergens outside. Colder than normal temperatures this spring kept furnaces running longer and consequently, allergens were blowing throughout homes well into early June.
The solution is electric radiant floor heating for four main reasons, according to Thermofloor, a radiant heating manufacturer.
First, heated floors are so soothing and comfortable that wall-to-wall carpeting can be eliminated. Carpet is the culprit that harbors the dust, dirt and allergens that people are trying to avoid. Getting rid of carpet is another step toward improving indoor air health.
Second, floor warming "radiates" soothing warmth just like the sun does. Unlike forced-air systems with fans or blowers, electric radiant floor heating is not blown through an (often dirty) air filter via (often dirty) ductwork into every room. There is simply no way for floor warming systems to spread allergens. They are completely silent and free of drafts.
What's more, heated floors help dry out and kill mold, mildew, bacteria and dust mites that thrive in damp areas such as bathrooms and other rooms where moisture and humidity are present.
There are several floor heating options available including electric systems such as Thermofloor and hydronic or water-based systems such as those offered by Warmboard.
Electric radiant floor heating is easy to install. Some systems are as easy as rolling out the floor heating mats, covering the floor heat mats with a flooring material, such as laminate, wood or tile, and connecting the floor warming mats to a radiant floor heating thermostat and the home's electric power.
With heated floors, you don't have to convert the whole house at once. Whether you are building a new home or remodeling, electric radiant floor heating can be installed room by room. Install radiant flooring only in the rooms where people spend most of their time or convert the whole house one room at a time.
Typically, the first rooms where people install floor warming systems are in their kitchens and bathrooms to make their tile floors warm and comfortable. But allergy sufferers might consider converting bedroom floors first to heated floors. Doctors advise focusing on bedrooms because that's where people spend one-third of their lives. Alternatively, any room where people spend a lot of time such as family rooms should be considered.
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