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.

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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.

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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 helping puddles or spills to dry quicker. 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. Underfloor heating can only be felt and not seen, alleviating such hazards.

More Information

For further information, please visit our underfloor heating section. If you would like any advice on underfloor heating installation techniques, why not contact us?

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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 the WG14 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.