How Does Radiant Floor Heating Affect Indoor Air Quality?

How does radiant floor heating affect indoor air quality? Installing a radiant floor heating system reduces airborne allergens like dust and dust mites. Because it has no blowers, it improves indoor air quality by not creating or disturbing dust. It's the most allergy-free home heating that you can have.

There is a lot of emphasis nowadays on indoor air quality -- dust and allergens and dust mites. With radiant heating and cooling, there is normally no duct work and no air blowing allergens around. It just makes sense that if you do not have those kinds of things blowing around in your air, your indoor air quality is going to be better. When my wife and I moved into the house where we are in now, in 2002, we had been living in a rental while we built. It was a forced air system that we hated. It cost twice as much to run per month in the winter. She had to dust every other day. When we moved into the new house, she only had to dust once or twice a month. When we were living in the rental, we had to buy a humidifier. It was 2 - 5 gallon tanks and I had to fill it twice a week. When we moved into the house with radiant heat, it was kind of weird in that I only have to fill it once a month, which just means that the humidity in a house with radiant heat stays a lot more constant than the house with forced air. It's one of those funny things where you talk about humidity and why people get so dried out in the winter when the heating system runs. It's heating up so high that it's taking all the moisture out of the air. In a radiant system, you don't have that, which probably helps a lot on the allergen side of things; if your humidity in your own house is more constant and more humid, it's just easier to breath. You do not typically have to have humidifiers in winter with one of our radiant heating systems. In addition, any air filtration equipment won't have to work very hard.

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