The medical science community has long identified the most common signals that you are allergic to household dust are itching, sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, red, itchy or watery eyes and – most uncomfortable of all – wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath.
The most common cause of indoor allergies is the dust mite. But no matter how thoroughly a sufferer cleans their home, dust mites are incredibly hard to shift from soft furnishings and carpets.
But recent research shows that underfloor heating can reduce the quantity of house dust mites by up to 80%.
This is, in part, because underfloor heating can help destroy the environment in which dust mites thrive.
In fact, underfloor heating has been identified as possibly being a healthier heating system for the home. And with many underfloor heating kits to choose from, it is possible to fit such systems to almost any home.
Dust mites need moisture and organic matter to survive – two things that our homes provide a plentiful supply of. Organic matter, for example, can be something as simple as dead skin, which flakes from us all most of the time.
Moisture is in our homes is created by the simple act of breathing. As we breathe, we release moisture into the air, which can become trapped in carpets and soft furnishings.
While it is almost impossible to eliminate the dust mite completely from our homes, there are things that can be done to help eliminate this even further.
Wool carpets are known to help allergy sufferers as the dust mite finds it hard to live and thrive within the tight, dry fibres of wool. But wool can be expensive, which is why an increasing number of homeowners are turning to hard flooring as a way of reducing allergens in residential properties.
Easily cleaned, hard floors can be swept and hoovered in next to no time, as well as mopped or steam cleaned too. But they hold another advantage – most hard floors can also be used with underfloor heating systems.
Carpet can also be used with underfloor heating but its thermal resistance rating will need to be less than 1.5 tog in order for the heat to be able to penetrate and warm up the room.
5 health benefits of underfloor heating
- Heat from a traditional radiator moves around a room via convection – hot air rises and, as it cools, falls. Heat from underfloor systems radiates and this makes it a more natural transfer of heat. As a result, dust particles are not moved around the room, which can be problematic for those suffering from asthma or other allergies.
- Moisture levels are reduced as the floor area is warmed first; it is possible for underfloor heating to work under carpeted floors. This lack of moisture means that dust mites are unable to thrive in the fibres.
- People with arthritis and other joint problems can find that their aches and pains are reduced as the floor is not cold to the touch. This is of particular benefit on a cold winter’s morning.
- Safety can be seen to have been increased in the home too. Things that are spilt on the floor tend to dry quicker as the floor is obviously warmer.
- Radiators can also become very hot and this is something that many parents worry about with small children. There is no risk of being burned or scalded with underfloor heating.
Other benefits of underfloor heating
Combining the best type of floor covering with the gentle heat of underfloor heating could not only benefit your health.
It can also produce a more comfortable warmth, lower energy bills and lower carbon emissions. But, this is only really possible if the property is highly efficient in terms of retaining energy.