Dust mites, asthma and allergies

Over several decades the introduction of central heating and double glazing has changed the home environment. The combination of warm air, poor ventilation and humidity creates the ideal habitat for dust mites.

Did you know?

The dust mite is the most common cause of allergy symptoms in the UK. It is one of the most potent triggers of allergy reactions and a common trigger for rhinitis, asthma and eczema. Allergy symptoms include sneezing, watery eyes, coughing and wheezing.

The dust mite is found in almost every human habitat, but it is invisible to the human eye. Its nests are made in bedding, curtains, carpets, soft furnishings and soft toys, and are present in the home all year round.

Radiators – the old way

  • Convection

    There is a high probability that the convection process of a radiator that is not periodically cleaned is circulating allergens into the home environment.

  • Installation

    Radiators installed below windows are a significant risk where fabric curtains are fitted allowing allergens to fall and accumulate to be released when the heating is in use.

  • Dust

    Dust containing allergens could be the link to increased exposure from central heating when in use during autumn and winter, contributing to the rise in allergy cases over this period.

  • Hospitalised

    At least 200 people are hospitalised because of Asthma every day in the UK, a total of 73,000 people a year.

Easy access to radiators – the Rotarad way

Rotarad radiator access kit gives easy access to the back of radiators which allows for thorough cleaning, reducing the amount of allergens that are released into the air.