One of the major benefits of having radiant floor heating systems installed in your home, is the health benefits for you and your family. Most traditional heating systems, such as baseboard and “forced air” heating systems, distributes dust and allergens that can exacerbate any allergy conditions among people in the household.
We try to eliminate air circulation in radiant heated homes, making it unnoticeable to the occupants of the room; unlike forced air heating systems that are often very noticeable. It is the air circulation spreads dust, mold, and other allergens throughout the room, which creates a much unhealthier environment for those living in the space. As ThisOldHouse.com says, “The best heating system a house can have is the one you don’t realize is there”. Since we are gentility warming the floor, there is no significant changes in air temperature or density such that the air stays still in a radiant heated room. Without circulating air, you feel warm because there is no cooling or drying effect on your skin.
According to Energy.gov, radiant floor heating systems can have other health benefits as well, such as increasing the circulation in the body. Since radiant floor heating systems warm bodies from the feet up, the feet stay warm, thereby causing better blood circulation. Most other heating systems cause the heat to linger around the head and ceiling area. The warm air heated from the floor stays down where we live, rather than being drawn up towards the ceiling.
Radiant floor heating systems also keep your furniture and draperies cleaner, because it is not forcefully blowing heat around the room and picking up and distributing dirt and grime onto the objects in the room. This also helps to lessen respiratory and allergy issues among the occupants of the home because overall, radiant floor heating systems help to maintain a cleaner environment.
The health benefits of radiant floor heating systems are great, but a consumer may ask, is it cost-effective? It is, according to This Old House plumbing and heating expert, Richard Trethewey, who is a longtime fan of radiant floor heating systems and says that they “increase comfort, as they reduce energy costs.”
ThisOldHouse.com also states that although there are upfront costs to installing radiant floor heating systems, it pays for itself very quickly by being up to 30% more efficient than most forced air heating systems.
The health benefits combined with its efficiency makes radiant floor heating systems a great choice for families today seeking to live in a cleaner and healthier home environment.
Post by Brian Whitehurst