5 health benefits of underfloor heating

Dust Mites

For many people, underfloor heating is seen as a luxury item. While the performance advantages of UFH are well documented; greater energy efficiency, improved heating performance, enhanced aesthetics, warm feet etc while the additional health benefits are still relatively unknown to the wider public.

With people placing a greater emphasis on healthy living than ever before, installers have a responsibility to educate their customers about the positive health-related impact of underfloor heating. Here are just some of the ways underfloor heating is beneficial to the health of homeowners:

1. Helps Eliminate Dust Mites

Now, this may seem a bit alarming but there are tiny creatures currently living in many houses around the UK – horrible, nasty little things they are. We are of course talking about dust mites. The problem is that dust mites produce dust particles which, when carried upwards by convection currents, are an irritant for a great number of people.

UFH can help in substantially reducing dust mites thereby lessening the overall quantity of airborne particles of dust. Bad news for dust mites, great news for those with respiratory issues – although maybe hang on to that inhaler, just in case.

Dust mites may have thought they had found a permanent residence, but with the introduction of UFH, their grip is loosening. It's a victory for homeowners seeking relief from respiratory woes and a triumph for indoor air quality. With UFH as your ally, you can turn your home into a sanctuary, free from the clutches of those pesky dust mites.

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2. Underfloor Heat for Aches & Pains

Musculoskeletal pain is a real problem in the UK, with more than 500,000 people officially registered as disabled due to conditions such as arthritis. For sufferers, this can severely impact on mobility and overall quality of life. UFH provides a source of heat for those aching joints, helping to relieve pain and improve comfort.

For individuals living with arthritis or similar conditions, the benefits of UFH extend far beyond physical comfort. It's a lifeline that can restore a sense of normalcy and independence. By alleviating pain and enhancing overall comfort, UFH allows individuals to reclaim their daily activities and engage in the joys of life with greater ease.

With UFH as your constant companion, bid farewell to the burdens of musculoskeletal pain. Embrace a life where discomfort takes a backseat, and the simple pleasures become accessible once more. UFH opens a door to a world where mobility is restored, and aching joints find solace. So, step into the warmth, and let UFH be your guiding light towards a brighter, more comfortable future.

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3. Reduce Potential Hazards

Don’t you just hate it when you’re minding your own business and then, out of nowhere, you burn your arm on a radiator?

Most of the time, you’ll react by making a strange noise or uttering a rude word but in some cases, you’re left with a nasty, painful reminder of why you should avoid making contact with hot radiators. While for most people, this isn’t too much of a concern, it can be when you’ve got small children running around. This can be avoided with UFH systems, which typically operate at lower temperatures and eliminate the need for potential hazards such as radiators.

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4. No More Caution – Slippery Surface

Accidents happen, but a trip or a fall on a wet surface can be particularly nasty. UFH helps to minimise this risk by evenly distributing heat across the surface and, therefore, accelerating the evaporation process. By reducing the time, it takes for wet areas to dry up, UFH not only helps to prevent slips and falls but also contributes to maintaining a safer environment for everyone. Just don’t forget to keep an eye out for those banana peels!

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5. Underfloor Heating Has No Sharp Edges!

Most radiators have sharp edges, which can pose a real risk to the residents especially when it comes to babies crawling around the house. Unlike radiators, UFH operates invisibly beneath the floor, eliminating any sharp edges or protrusions that could pose a threat. The heat emitted by UFH is evenly distributed across the floor, creating a comfortable and warm environment without the need for exposed heating elements. This not only reduces the risk of accidents and injuries but also provides peace of mind for parents or caregivers, knowing that their little ones can freely move and explore the space without the concern of encountering hazardous radiator surfaces. With underfloor heating, safety and comfort go hand in hand, ensuring a worry-free environment for all residents.

So What Are You Waiting For?

Embracing UFH is a decision that brings numerous benefits to your home or commercial space. With their expertise and innovative products, John Guest ensures that you experience ultimate comfort, energy efficiency, and safety. Say goodbye to cold floors, uneven heating, and unnecessary risks. By choosing John Guest's UFH solutions, you are investing in a reliable and trusted brand that prioritises quality and customer satisfaction. Don't settle for less when it comes to your heating needs. Experience the difference today and enjoy the warmth you deserve.

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Eric Winter

EMEA Director of Product Development [Valves]

About the author

I've had the privilege of being a part of the RWC family for an incredible 25 years.

I joined the company in a technical support role and steadily progressed to become the Technical Director. Throughout my tenure, I've spearheaded the introduction of market-leading products that have revolutionised the industry.

In addition to product innovation, I am a member of WG14 working group, as part of the TC 164 technical committee, which is responsible for revising European and British valve standards. This multifaceted experience has equipped me with a deep understanding of the industry, positioning me as a trusted expert in my field.