Chilly winds from the North Pole remind us of the effect air movement has on our comfort.
The weather forecasters talk about ‘wind chill’ factors. We just know it’s blooming cold!
The cold wind dries our skin adding to the feeling we’re under attack from the elements. Many get chapped lips and cracked skin leaving them open to infections such as cold sores.
Isn’t it strange, then, that most heating systems rely on the movement of air, creating draughts? Surely nature shows us this can’t be a good thing?
Conventional central heating radiators are nothing more than giant convector heaters.
The air they heat rises to the ceiling picking up moisture, drying your skin. By the time it has travelled to the far wall, away from the radiator, the air is a few degrees cooler and sinks back to floor level.
It’s easy to see how this causes air circulation and irritating draughts of cool air at ankle level.
This is uncomfortable and the drying effect on your skin can leave you open to infection in winter months.
The air movement also disturbs dust particle and mites. People with lung problems and asthma sufferers are very allergic to these and need a better alternative to conventional radiators.
To combat the drying effect some people hang troughs of water on the radiators. This increases the moisture content (humidity) of the warm air.
But as the air cools and touches cold surfaces, such as the windows or an outside wall, it can no longer carry the moisture and creates condensation. This often leads to mould growth giving rise to sickly, flu-like symptoms in some people.
In contrast, radiant heating heats surfaces, not the air. It has no effect on air movement, air temperature, or humidity.
Radiant heat reduces the risk factors and discomfort of air movement to near zero.
Tests have shown that people feel warm with radiant heating even at lower air temperatures.
Lower indoor air temperatures mean less heat loss through walls, windows and ceilings. This is good for energy saving – and your wallet! – as well as your health.
Anyone who has experienced underfloor heating will know how comfortable radiant heating is. Breathing cool, still air, while absorbing warmth from below your feet, is blissful.
A simple ‘under-rug heater’ can give you this feeling without the expense and upheaval of a fully installed underfloor heating system.
The under-rug heater is called RugBuddy™. You simply lay it on the floor, cover with your rug, and plug it in.
RugBuddy™ users report being able to turn down their central heating thermostats by up to 3degC – stamping out draughts, safeguarding their health, and saving an average £225 per year according to Energy Saving Trust.
RugBuddy™ is available online at http://www.bewarmer.co.uk/rugbuddy-under-rug-heating/ and ships to all main European locations.