One of the (few) benefits of winter is the end of allergies – but not for everyone. If you are someone who suffers from dust or pet dander allergies, controlling your allergies is a year-round challenge. Forced air heating systems can aggravate indoor allergies throughout the winter season, so if you are in the market for a new heating system, you may want to consider the benefits of radiant heat for your Bay Village home.
How Does Radiant Heat Work?
There are two types of radiant heating systems, and either one is a good choice for allergy sufferers. The two types are electric and hydronic, and choosing one option or the other will depend largely on your preferences. Electric radiant heating uses cables or cables in an electrically-conductive mat to generate heat; the cables or matting can be mounted directly to subflooring or set in cement to create a radiant slab. Hydronic radiant heating uses a boiler to create the hot water or steam, and flexible PEX tubing is installed directly onto subflooring or set in cement. Once the water or steam is at the correct temperature, it flows through the PEX tubing and heats.
Why It’s Good for Allergy Sufferers
The main problem with forced air systems is that they blow air around a space, which swirls dust around your living spaces. Even if you vacuum and dust regularly you can’t remove every speck of dust in your home, and each time a forced air system turns on, it kicks up any dust in your home. Additionally, if there is dust in your ductwork, it will be delivered directly to your living spaces and right to the allergy sufferers in your home.
Additional Reasons to Consider Radiant Heating
There are some other reasons to consider radiant heating for your home:
- Comfortable, gentle heating – the nature of radiant heating is far gentler than forced air, resulting in a comfortable kind of heat.
- More even heating – because forced air is somewhat blasted into your home, the feel can be uneven; this is not something that happens with radiant heating.
- Easily zoned – because of the layout and structure of a radiant heating system, it is easier to create zones, which allows you to customize your home’s heating.
If you have allergy sufferers and need a new heating system, radiant heat may be the way to go. Call the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment for our radiant heating service.