UFH helps erradicate dust mites from domestic properties in the UK

Allergens produced in the faeces of house dust mites are widely accepted as one of the major causes of sensitisation and development of asthma. Since the general domestic environment provides the ideal conditions in which these mites thrive, careful house design and choice of furnishings and floor coverings are important factors in helping elliminate house dust mites.

Underfloor heating makes a home inherently more hygienic whether the floor covering is carpet, vinyl, ceramic, stone, timber or engineered board. Let's examine why.

Many people select carpet as the floor covering of choice in their home as it is perceived as being warm and comfortable: howerver, carpet also provides the ideal habitat for house dust mites. These mites need two essential ingredients to survive and thrive - warmth and moisture.

House dust mites cannot survive in an environment with a humidity level below 40% as they can only take in moisture through their skin, so by raising the floor temperature to 26 ºC this reduces the moisture content to a level where house dust mites cannot survive.

As the moisture level at the base of the carpet pile reduces, the dust mite will make its way to the surface of the carpet where it will eventually die and can be vacuumed up.

It is widely accepted that hard flooring such as wood, tile and vinyl are more hygienic than carpet as these surfaces can be easily cleaned and is therefore the preferred choice for asthma sufferers. Installing underfloor heating below these inherrently cold surfaces eliminates the problem of cold feet for occupants and offers the luxury of a warm floor surface whilst heating the room in the most natural and healty way - radiant heat.