Green Building

Ditch the dust smell with radiant heating

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 09:24

Every winter homeowners are forced to wonder what that burning smell is. For the majority of people, that faint odor is the smell of dust burning on radiators and heaters that haven't been used for six months or longer.

According to the Allergist Report published by The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, asthma and other allergy diseases have become a prevalent problem in the United States. These diseases now impact 40 to 50 million people or more than 20 percent of the nation's population. Asthma alone affected 22 million Americans in 2005 - up from 13.7 million in 1994 and 6.8 million in 1980.

Traditional heating technologies like a forced air system will distribute allergens around a home. In contrast, a radiant heating system depends on convection and the natural circulation of heat within a room that rises to spread warmth - leaving any allergens present in the home alone. According to the United States Department of Energy, many people with allergies often prefer radiant heating systems because it reduces the chance of allergy attacks to common allergens like pollen or dust.

By making the switch to a radiant heating system, a homeowner can protect his or her family members from the ill effects of allergies. Respiratory conditions can quickly become a detriment to a person's quality of life. Investing in a radiant heating system can promote better health for all of those that step inside a house.

With radiant heating a homeowner will never have to wonder where that burning odor is coming from as the seasons begin to change.