How Radiators Are Damaging Our Health

How Radiators Are Damaging Our Health

Radiators remain the first-choice emitter within the UK new build arena – accounting for 90% of all installations of the 26.3 million homes in the UK 23.6 million have radiators.

Radiators are notoriously tricky objects to clean behind effectively and the build-up of debris, dust or even pet dander can be a real health hazard, not to mention an unpleasant surprise whenever serious spring cleaning or maintenance is required.


What Causes Radiators To Become A Health Hazard

Radiators both in the home and workplace can be a health hazard for people with breathing problems and at no time is this more the case when the heating system is first switched on as the weather gets colder. 

The amount of debris, dust and even pet dander which builds up behind the radiator is a major contributor to health issues like asthma and other diseases of the lung. Not only that but also workplace problems like sick office syndrome.

Central heating radiators create the ideal conditions for dust mites and mould spores plus microbiological infections to flourish resulting in a higher level of allergens, that is then circulated via heat convection, plus contributes to poorer indoor air quality that we breathe in.


How To Clean Behind A Radiator

Whether in commercial premises or in the home, probably the most difficult areas to tackle when it comes to decorating and cleaning is the wall behind the radiator and the amount, and no amount of cleaning and decorating tools cannot solve the problem. 

Even when it comes to decorating professionals find a radiator a challenge and taking them off the wall to access the space behind the radiator is a task that no-one ever relishes.

how to clean behind a radiator - how to remove a radiator for cleaning

How Radiators Are Damaging Our Health

In modern airtight humid buildings, radiators have become the main source of air circulation during the winter months, circulating and suspending dust particles containing V.O.C’s (Volatile Organic Components).

Allergens raise exposure levels in the air that we breathe which are potent triggers for allergies, asthma and respiratory infections when we are indoors for longer periods of time. Air circulating in the average home contains more than 900 dangerous chemicals and gases.


This coincides with the WINTER surge of “Home Fever” a term used by Allergy UK who estimates that at least 12 million people are allergic to their own home and the average person in the UK spends 92% of their time indoors.

Dust is obviously bad for you; radiators heat the air which rises and spreads the dust around by cleaning behind them at regular intervals this can help alleviate the problem. 

Cleaning behind your radiator has proven to manage the removal of dust mite allergens. By cleaning behind radiators in hospitals in the UK it has proven to manage allergens plus the infection control of the so-called superbug MRSA and C-diiffle.

how to clean behind a radiator - removing a radiator from the wall for cleaning



By being able to access your radiators for periodic cleaning to remove the dust this could make a significant contribution to improving your health.

Indoor air quality has deteriorated over the last 20 years due to stringent green building regulations to reduce energy usage resulting in poor ventilation.

Fixed static radiators with no access to clean could be now becoming the new indoor diesel car, if so this would be a major problem going unnoticed simply making radiators accessible for cleaning would be equivalent to fitting catalytic converters on cars to help reduce dust pollutant exposure!

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