WHAT CAUSES INDOOR AIR PROBLEMS AND LOW IAQ (Indoor Air Quality)?
Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of IAQ problems in homes.
Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home.
High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.
RADIANT HEATING SYSTEMS HELP KEEPING A DUST FREE HOME
None of us are immune to the effects of dust and none of us live in a completely dust free environment.
Unfortunately, it accumulates over time and causes real problems to allergy sufferers.
Additionally, WebMD estimates that 20 million Americans are allergic to that pesky bug, the dust mite which doesn’t help matters. Evidently, they do their worst damage in the months of July and August due to the warmer weather.
If you have a carpet flooring, you potentially have a sweet vacation spot for these unwelcome guests.
You aren’t completely defenseless though. Here are some actions recommend by the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America that you can take this year to help minimize their effect on you and your family:
- Clean bare floors often with a damp mop or cloth.
- Vacuum carpets once or twice a week. Use a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter.
- Wash throw rugs in hot water.
- Vacuum upholstered furniture such as sofas. Wood, leather, plaster, or metal furniture is better for dust allergies.
- Replace drapes with roll-up window shades. If you must have curtains, wash them in hot water each season.
- Get rid of stuffed animals, soft toys, and other dust collectors.
HOW ELECTRIC FLOOR HEATING CAN HELP DURING WINTER MONTHS
Forced air systems don’t help matters. They actually rotate the air and traditional air filters do not capture everything. The dusty air winds up being circulated all around the house and thrown into the room for all to breathe. It also dries the air which further affects people with allergy conditions.
During fall and winter months, in particular, things are further complicated due to the fact that you will likely want to avoid opening your windows.
Warmup electric radiant floor heating helps fight allergies since the warmth emanates from the floor up without displacing any dust and provides a comfortable even heat that does not dry the air out.