Healthy Homes

Reduce fall allergies with a radiant floor heating system

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:37

While many people associate spring with allergies, there are a number of common plants that bloom in the fall that cause people to suffer allergies. A homeowner who is sneezing and snuffling all day and night can invest in a radiant floor heating system to reduce the presence of common allergens in the house. During the fall, ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger because it begins to release pollen during the month of August and well into September and October. According to Web MD, about three-quarters of the people who are allergic to spring plants are also allergic to ragweed.
Other common fall allergens include mold and dust mites. Symptoms typically include runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose and dark circles under the eyes. 
"Your immune system reacts to them as if they were a threat," says Nathanael S. Horne, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College in Valhalla and an allergy specialist in private practice in New York City.
Homeowners who don't suffer extreme allergies during the spring can find themselves tearing up considerably in the fall because heating systems are being turned on after months of disuse. As a result, dust, mold and pollen from a wide range of plants that rested in the heating system are now floating around the house and irritating the respiratory and sinus system. These common allergens wait in vents, radiators and baseboard units for months when the heating system is turned off and just collect a wide range of irritants. 
A radiant floor heating system removes this entire problem. Because the rises from the floors, there are no vents or heating disbursement units that can store allergens. A radiant floor heating system is the ideal way to make breathing year round easier for any homeowner and his or her family.