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. When we want to get rid of draughts we just know draughts make us 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, and certainly won’t help you get rid of draughts.
The air they heat rises to the ceiling picking up moisture, drying your skin. By the time it has traveled 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 draughts of cool air at ankle level.
This is not comfortable and the drying effect on your skin can leave you open to infection in winter months.
To combat the drying effect some people hang troughs of water on the radiators. This increases the moisture content (humidity) of the warm air.
The trouble is, 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 and allergy problems.
Radiant Heating Will Help You Get Rid of Draughts
In contrast radiant heating heats surfaces, not the air directly. It has no effect on air movement, air temperature, or humidity. This is how you can have heating and get rid of draughts.
Tests have shown that people feel warm with radiant heating even at a significantly lower air temperature compared to radiators. 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 air while absorbing warmth from below your feet is blissful.
It’s called RugBuddy™. It is a plug-in under-rug heater that sits on the floor and you cover with a rug. It conforms to all safety requirements for domestic appliances, is fitted with a standard 3 pin plug and gives you that underfloor heating feeling without the expense of an installed system.
Users report being able to turn down their central heating thermostats by up to 3degC – stamping out draughts and saving an average £225 per year according to Energy Saving Trust. Happy days!