Accessible Clean Radiators - Climate Change
Political Parties – Priority on Climate Change
All Political Parties are now making global warming climate change promises as a priority in response to voters demands for action to tackle global warming and climate change emergency!
Refer to Jeremey Corbyn - Daily Mirror 2nd November 2019 - Jeremy Corbyn pledges to make 27 million homes greener to cut winter deaths
This issue is too important to become another political football as they do with the NHS, by unrealistic bidding games on time scales and costs to win votes!
As we need affordable practical solutions that achieve positive results for our future in stable climates and healthier environments indoors and outdoors.
Green Stringent Building Regulations!
So far current Green Stringent Building Regulations to reduce energy usage and carbon emissions to meet the zero-carbon date by 2050.
This has created a new climate change phenomenon for millions of people with indoor heating during the winter months.
When combined with the use of insulation, double glazing and draught-proofing the result is warm damp airtight properties; trapping polluted toxic air indoors that could have adverse effects to our health and wellbeing due to inadequate ventilation.
Inadequate ventilation restricts air filtration reducing internal air change rates by up to 90% during the winter months.
The minimum standard for healthy ventilation is 8 litres of air per person per second flowing through a building.
An average person takes in 500 litres of air per hour.
The scale of this problem was highlighted in November 2016 in a report in the Architects Journal that a government study of 55 new homes found that only 2 met the minimum building regulation standard for adequate ventilation.
A study of around 1,000 homes built in the 1950s in Cornwall that has been refurbished to modern-day standards has shown that they now have significant problems with damp and indoor air pollution compared to un- refurbished homes.
It is now becoming evident that this has now created new unforeseen poor indoor air quality issues as a result of inadequate ventilation!
Refer to Daily Mail November 2016 - How a cosy home can raise your risk of allergies
We are now facing an indoor climate change crisis that will escalate dramatically over the next decade as a result of zero carbon emissions target date deadlines are being reduced by our Politicians!
When we use our Central Heating in fully insulated airtight homes during the winter months, we create “The Perfect Storm” that triggers an unforeseen chain reaction of events.
Did You Know?
Central Heating is the UK’s number 1 choice for home heating.
The pressed steel panel radiator was introduced back in the 1970’s and is now the UK’s main source of home heating.
There are currently circa. 190 million radiators installed across the UK.
The Manufacturers’ Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) is anticipating that the number of steel panel radiators installed in UK homes can reach 200 million by 2023.
Over time they have been refined to deliver maximum heat output with the addition of convector panels for increased heat convection and circulation.
Once installed and fixed radiators become a part of the fabric of a building that required little maintenance.
But What Needs To Change?
We need to preserve the future use of radiators and make them more compliant for the wellbeing of all occupants in fully insulated buildings.
As a result of significant changes to the environment in which they are now used. Our radiators have become the main source of internal airflow in modern and refurbished properties, due to the lack of air filtration leaving us with toxic air indoors!
Household dust has now become a key factor in airtight buildings and a major concern as dust particles contain growing levels of harmful chemicals, allergens, and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Components) that can trigger various respiratory illnesses that are on a continual increase.
This may be linked to recirculating trapped toxic air we breathe indoors during the winter months increasing exposure levels when using our radiators.
Inadequate Ventilation can cause condensation to build-up resulting in increased mould growth when damp occurs, that can then release mould spores that are known as potent triggers for asthma and other respiratory problems.
Dust particles can contain an array of allergens and household product chemicals when trapped in airtight buildings at levels that become harmful when inhaled in the air that we breathe.
Refer to ARCC report, Better Homes, Better Air, Better Health 2017
Dust accumulates on most surfaces around the home that eventually become reservoirs of dust in areas you cannot easily see or access to remove.
This can increase exposure risk for vulnerable occupants with allergies or low immune systems exacerbating their health problems when inhaled indoors!
Now is the ideal time to address the method of steel panel radiator installation to allow full and free access for the end-user, by retrofitting existing and new installed radiators in a practical and affordable way for all!
There will be no need for radiator manufacturers to change their steel panel radiator design or manufacturing processes and also without the need for end-users to replace existing radiators.
By fitting a basic radiator care kit to “Clean Accessible Radiators Easily”, this will overcome the need for future radiator removals to decorate or fully clean behind them!
When cared for radiators can be periodically deep cleaned to maintain dust levels and air quality in airtight homes as a result of the unforeseen indoor climate change.
We at Rotarad believe that all Heat Emitters should meet a basic standard requirement to maintain hygiene levels in airtight buildings to make them compliant, due to significant changes to the environment which they are now used.
This is an issue that has not been previously recognised and addressed as a possible increased risk to occupant’s health!
Allergy UK estimates that at least 12million people are allergic to their own home!
Don’t Bury Your Head in The Dust!