The result is a clean, healthy environment -- a must for people with allergies.
Over the years we have had many customers testify to the fact, that switching from forced air or baseboards to floor radiant had greatly improved their allergy problems. It has always been attributed to less dust blowing around. This is true, but a new European research project has shown that floor radiant heating reduces dust-mite population by at least 50%. These nasty little creatures normally live down deep in carpets and are immune to vacuuming, but the warmth of radiant floors, drives them to the surface where they are easily vacuumed up. They also need moisture and the dry floor effect of radiant denies them the moisture they need for survival.
In over twenty years of installing radiant floor heat , and having replaced every type of heating system made, we have learned from our customers that nothing is as clean or reduces allergies as dramatically as floor radiant heat.
Using radiant heat will stop allergens like dust mites, dust, pollen, mold or pet hair be blown around your home and aggravate your allergy symptoms.
Allergy proofing your home isn't easy. Airborne allergens are one of the hardest types of allergens to avoid. It has been established that heating and air conditioning systems are harbors for molds. With vents to every room in the house, your heating and cooling system is an effective distributor of airborne allergens such as pollen, mold, animal dander, feathers, house dust, and even dust mites.
The heated floor radiates heat to the people and objects in the room. The flooring surface is maintained at a comfortable, yet higher, temperature than the ambient temperature of the floor before the heat was turned on. Since the radiant heat is conducted from the floor level up, it helps provide a warm and comfortable environment for the occupants of the room. There are no moving parts to blow allergens into the air - so you are not breathing them in!
Doctors often recommend removing carpets to eliminate some trapped allergens. Even with daily vacuuming, you will not catch all the allergens that have settled down to the bottom of the carpet. You also run the risk of stirring up the dust with your vacuum cleaner. Tile, stone, and hardwoods are easier to keep clean by weekly mopping.
Another problem with forced air systems is the amount of bacteria that can live in the ductwork especially if it is used for cooling. The moisture produced in the ductwork by the cooling system, allows a very large growth of bacteria to exist. Most new air filters are now treated with a fungicide to help control the spread of bacteria in the air.
Most homes today are have a flexible fiberglass duct system, this is a cheap and fast way to install a heating or cooling. The flexible duct system is impossible to clean and has a very short life. The high velocity systems are the worst.