Radiant in Residential

Improve indoor air quality with radiant floor heating

Thu, 12/27/2012 - 14:21

Indoor air quality can have a drastic impact on an individual's health, which is why it is important for both residential and commercial building owners to invest in the appropriate technology to ensure pollution and allergen levels remain as low as possible.

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration, poor air quality has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Some specific diseases have also been linked to certain air pollutants while others, like asbestos and radon, can lead to cancer development later in life.

Most Americans spend a significant amount of time indoors - either at home or in the office, which means it is especially important that the air quality in these spaces is exceptional. Asthma is a common respiratory ailment that can be greatly impacted by poor quality. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the chronic respiratory disease affects almost 25 million Americans - including 7 million children.

Common second-hand triggers for asthma in a home include secondhand smoke, dust mites, molds, cockroaches and pests, pets, nitrogen dioxide, chemical irritants, outdoor air pollution and wood smoke. A homeowner concerned about reducing the presence of air pollutants in a house may want to consider installing radiant floor heating.

The utility system is a green energy solution that decreases the presence of pollutants within the home. Unlike a forced hot air system of baseboard heating, radiant floor heating does not push warm air throughout a space, which can increase the presence of pollutants within the home and make some, like dust and mold, hard to track and remove.