Healthy Homes

Tips for reducing winter allergies with radiant floor heating

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 15:07

It's not uncommon for people to get sneezy, have watery eyes or even experience congestion during the winter. However, some may be surprised to learn that these symptoms are not from the flu or a cold, but from allergies. 
The increased time indoors during winter and the closed circulation of air means that common allergens travel continuously through a house or office. 
"During the winter, families spend more time indoors, exposing allergic individuals to allergens and irritants like dust mites, pet dander, smoke, household sprays and chemicals, and gas fumes -- any of which can make their lives miserable," Dr. William Reisacher, director of the Allergy Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center, according to CBS 3 Springfield.
He went on to say that "with the lengthening of the pollen season over the past several years, people with seasonal allergies might find their symptoms extending even further into the winter months."
Common allergens in a home during the winter include left over pollen from the spring and summer, dust, mold, dandruff and dander. CBS3 Springfield reported that there are ways to reduce the impact of winter allergies. 
A radiant floor heating system is an ideal solution for homeowners who suffer from allergies throughout the year. Unlike a traditional utility delivery option, a radiant floor heating system does not force hot air through vents, which means that fine particulate matter that can irritate a respiratory system are not stored, circulating and waiting in ventilation shafts. Instead, the warmth travels through the floors through the power of conduction to deliver exceptional comfort. Because air is not being circulated throughout the structure, common irritants are not forced to travel around the house and can be more easily removed during cleaning.