Can underfloor heating boost your health?
The simple answer is yes! Underfloor heating can really improve your health and your wellbeing. However, there is a caveat. It must be installed correctly, using the right solution in the correct environment.
Shockingly there are over 5.4 million people in the UK who suffer from asthma of which 1.1 million are children and attacks can be triggered by the mites living in your household dust. Along with asthma, other allergy related symptoms such as itching, sneezing, coughing and even other respiratory difficulties can be triggered. Even though you may clean your home on a regular basis dust mites are tough to remove.
But how can underfloor heating help?
Dust mites thrive in a high moisture environment and can be prevalent in carpets. That’s why more and more people are turning to hard floor surfaces and/or installing underfloor heating because it reduces the amount of moisture in the room. In fact, underfloor heating can reduce the number of dust mites in your home by as much as 80%! If a hard floor is not your thing, electric underfloor heating can be installed under your carpet using a foil solution. But the carpet must not exceed 1.5 tog otherwise the heat will be trapped by the carpet and the room will remain cold.
Other health related benefits
The way that traditional radiators heat a room is through convection whereby heat rises and then falls when it gets cooler. This type of heat carries dust particles around the room which makes it easier for you to breathe in and much more problematic for those of you with any respiratory problems. However, with underfloor heating there is much less movement of air due to the room being heated via radiation which means your chance of inhaling dust is far less likely.
How many times have you got out of the bath or the shower and almost slipped? Quite a few? With underfloor heating, floors dry quicker and that means you are much less likely to slip on those puddles.
Individuals with joint problems such as arthritis can also benefit from underfloor heating. High humidity and low pressure can really irritate existing conditions. Underfloor heating, as we now know, helps to reduce moisture in the air as well as providing a continuous source of heat. Having direct contact with a warm floor certainly helps to ease those pains.
Although not common, at some point in our lives we will accidently touch a very hot radiator leading to an uncomfortable burn. With underfloor heating there is no risk of this and that’s why more and more residential and nursing homes are turning to underfloor heating to help to protect their residents. See how we helped one nursing home in Kent with their safer heating challenge.
So yes! underfloor heating can really improve your health!
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