After many years of working in the field of radiant heating, we find ourselves on too many occasions with comments from our future clients who expressed their concern when hearing certain unfavorable criticisms of our heating system.
These opinions are directed towards a very important and sensitive issue, which is none other than our health.
In this article we are going to clarify these doubts, relying at all times on empirical and verified data, ruling out the rumor mill so common in uninformed people who with good (or bad) intentions give their wrong version and even those professionals in the trade who they use these hoaxes with commercial interests and seeking their ends.
What are you going to install underfloor heating??? Do not even think about it!!!! You will get varicose veins.
How many times have we heard this phrase…
Well, let's start strong.
Underfloor heating is the only heating system recommended by the World Health Organization.
This data should already be enough reasoning, but since we know that some hoaxes are more resistant than certain viruses, we can assure the following, based on the current Regulations...
Underfloor heating cannot cause varicose veins because to do so, very high temperatures should be reached on the pavement surface. The Regulations for thermal installations prohibits exceeding 29 ºC on the pavement surface (UNE EN 1264)
Nowadays, Cécather Group you are installing your radiant system by electric folio in children care centers, residences for the elderly, pilates-yoga rooms, etc. because it is precisely the most beneficial... anything else to add?
Underfloor heating is much healthier than a heating system. convection heating… cleaner air, fewer mites, and respect for ambient air because it maintains a normal humidity level and does not dry it out like radiators or air conditioning.
And then, where does the varicose veins come from...???
Every hoax has an origin and a cause that provokes it. The first news of the hoax of varicose veins arose in a conference on heating, developed in the context of a trade fair.
During the question and answer time, someone asked the opinion of the speaker about the new underfloor heating system. The speaker's response was as follows: “It is a system that is too new, it has not been sufficiently tested and it has a big problem, which is that the heat is received by the feet, which hinders blood circulation and causes varicose veins”.
From this first conference the hoax grew, becoming the tagline of any conversation about underfloor heating. What the people who repeat it do not know, in addition to the regulations and characteristics of underfloor heating, is that the brand promoting that conference manufactured radiators. It is clear, then, his motivation for making these statements.
And what do the doctors say about all this…?
We have the medical opinion represented by its highest authority, the WHO, which not only does not advise against its use but also recommends it.
According to Dr. Heinrich Rossman, Chief Doctor at the Mainburg District Hospital, people who suffer from varicose veins or who are predisposed to thrombosis, should not fear that their health problems will be made worse by underfloor heating, if they are not above ground surface temperatures. What's more, it could even be said that a radiant floor system is more beneficial for those people with circulation problems since they are prone to cold feet.
Anecdotally, there was a famous doctor from the Netherlands in the 19th century who was highly regarded for his professional skill. When he died, the news spread that he had left a writing about his medical knowledge as a professional testament. The editors went looking for it to publish it as a scoop and when they found it they found only a laconic sentence that said:
"The secret of good health is to have warm feet, a cool head and a light stomach"
The first and second recommendation are already dealt with Cécather Group, the third is up to our customers.
Radiating floor??? This heating produces radiation like microwave ovens and one way or another it will affect your health!!!
We can imagine the astonished face of our client... his house turned into a large microwave oven.
It is just a physical matter that, without going into brainy explanations, consists of clarifying that all bodies emit energy towards the outside in the form of radiation. This energy, which travels outwards, is defined as electromagnetic radiation, which is of the same nature as that transmitted by the sun. This same physical principle is applied to the electric radiant foil heating system whose emission is perceived by the human body as a sensation of heat.
The wavelength used in our heating is in a range of 2 to 50 µm, totally innocuous values.
In conclusion, the strength of the electric field generated by the operation of the electric radiant foil product is significantly below the limits established by the Health and Medical Research Council and the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA/INIRC).
With this brief article we have tried to clarify and deny hoaxes.
However, we are at your entire disposal to clarify any doubts and remember that…
"The lie wins tricks, but the truth wins the game"