Improve indoor air quality with radiant heating

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 15:36

When most Americans think about air quality, they usually think about the phrase in reference to the outdoors. However, indoor air quality matters just as much, if not more, in terms of its health impact.

According to the United State Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Indoor air pollution levels are often found to be two to five times higher than outdoor levels - sometimes 100 times higher.

Nearly 128 million residential housing units existed in the United States in 2007 - 7.188 million of those homes were built between 2005 and 2007.

Common air pollutants include biological mold and pollen, tobacco smoke, household products and pesticides, gases such as radon and carbon monoxide and dust. Indoor air quality problems typically only cause discomfort for those who have to breathe in the contaminants. However, in some cases, pollutants can cause diseases and illness. By eliminating many common pollutants from the home a homeowner can rest better.

By choosing a radiant heating system over a more traditional solution like forced air, a homeowner is limiting the movement of common pollutants such as dust and pollen. In addition, the convection heating method of warmth seeping up from the floor boards will hamper the spread of disease.

Switching to radiant heating could improve the quality of life of homeowners with respiratory conditions such as asthma or who are prone to bronchitis or allergies. One simple energy-efficient technology change could have a significant positive impact on a person's daily life by removing common irritants and limiting his or her risk of getting ill.