Floor Heat Systems Inc., a leading USA manufacturer of electric radiant floor heating is advocating the benefits of floor warming for allergy sufferers.
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 heat for three main reasons. First, radiant floor heat is 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, radiant floor heat “radiates” its soothing warmth just like the sun does. Unlike forced-air systems with fans or blowers, radiant floor heat is not blown through an (often dirty) air filter via (often dirty) ductwork into every room. There is simply no way for radiant floor heat to spread allergens. It is completely silent and free of drafts. What’s more, its underfloor warmth helps dry out mold and mildew in bathrooms and other rooms where humidity is a problem.
Finally, electric radiant floor heat 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 heating mats to a floor heating thermostat and the home’s electric power.
With electric radiant floor heat, you don’t have to convert the whole house at once. Whether you are building a new home or remodeling, electric radiant floor heat can be installed room by room. Use electric radiant floor heat 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 electric radiant floor heat are in their kitchens and bathrooms to make their tile floors warm and comfortable. But allergy sufferers might consider converting bedrooms first to electric radiant floor heating. 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.