steam radiant heating system, inhalation of the steam?

can the steam be dangerous.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    While you have steam radiators the normal concept of a radiant heating system is one that uses very little convection or conduction. Such systems typically involve heated floors walls or ceilings. Steam "radiators" are designed to promote air flow around the radiators which improves heat transfer through conduction and convection.

    To your question. Boiling water and the resulting steam will kill most micro organisms so the steam is not really a problem biologically.

    The steam may carry trace elements but as radiators are typically cast iron this is not usually an issue. Steam boilers will use water. If as water is boiled off new water is constantly added then the remaining water in the boiler will contain increasing amounts of minerals. Additionally sometimes chemicals are added to steam boilers to control foaming of the water as it boils. Someone may be particularly susceptible to such mineral concentrations or chemicals. Part of the routine maintenance of a steam boiler is to drain and replace some of the water every 2 to 4 weeks during the heating season. If this is done it lowers internal mineral concentrations as well as eliminating some sediment. (It is healthy for you and healthy for the boiler.)

    What may be more problematic is if excessive amounts of steam produce condensation. It is in this condensation that micro organisms and mold can grow. This is also not usually an issue because our indoor winter environments are close to the relative humidity found in deserts. This is because as cool exterior outside air is heated the relative humidity drops (the air can hold more water,) and is the reason we should usually humidify our homes in the winter.

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