Healthy Homes

Healthier homes in 2012, using radiant heating and common sense to remove airborne dangers

Wed, 12/28/2011 - 10:23

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most individuals spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors. This necessitates a comfortable and healthy environment for families, and it is up to homeowners to use the right products and practices to limit the presence of toxins in a house.

Using a radiant heating system, effective insulation and windows that do not allow the unnecessary passage of air into a residence may be one of the first things a homeowner can do to create a more healthy residence.

The EPA also advised that homeowners should install healthy products in their homes or allow for the constant flow of outside air in order to remove some of these contaminants.

"A growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities," the EPA noted. "Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors."

Although the EPA suggests certain solutions like cleaning up after pets and keeping smokers outside of the residence, the installation of new technologies like radiant heating may provide a more permanent solution.

A radiant heating system can limit the amount of energy that is necessary to heat a home, increases the comfort level within a residence and also helps to limit the presence of contaminants.

The radiant technology doesn't require the use of radiators, heating ducts or air vents, all which can store and then circulate harmful particles. The radiant system is installed as part of a subfloor, and remains invisible to the naked eye.