Will In-Floor Heating Help Relieve Your Asthma?
If you're about to put new heating in your home and you suffer from asthma, then you'll be looking for a system that won't affect your breathing. Heating that goes under your floors could be a good option. How will it help reduce your symptoms when you're at home?
Reduced Dust Build-Up
If you install a heating system that uses radiators or heater units, then these parts sit in specific places in the room. For example, a radiator may be fitted to a wall while a reverse cycle unit may be fitted to the ceiling.
While these units may not take up much space, they do turn the space they use into potentially dusty areas. Dust may collect behind a radiator and its wall or between the ceiling and a hung unit. This dust can collect quite quickly and can be hard to clean out of areas with tight gaps.
Particles of this dust will, however, escape and they may trigger your asthma. Some dust may rise out when a unit heats out. It may also be blown out by drafts and air.
If you install in-floor heating, then all of your heating components are stored under your floor. This gives you a barrier between possible dust and the environment in your home. Your air may be less dusty, and your asthma may trouble you less.
Reduced Dust and Allergen Input
If you install a ducted or air-based heating system, then you won't necessarily only get warm air coming out of your units. Over time, the inside of your heating units will get dirty and dusty.
While this dust may be contained when your units are switched off, this isn't necessarily the case when you turn your heating on. When you switch a unit on, it may simply blow this dust into your rooms.
Plus, if the inside of units get dirty or aren't cleaned out regularly, then they may grow bacteria in them like mould. If they pull in air from outside to heat, then this air may contain spores and other allergens. All of this stuff could make your asthma worse.
Again, you won't have this problem with underfloor heating. It warms the floors in your rooms, using methods such as radiant heat rather than air-based solutions.
To find out more about in-floor heating and how it might help you control your asthma, talk to your heating contractor.