Ask Samuele: August 2022

This month, Simon from Acton asks…

Dear Samuele,

I am considering having underfloor heating installed in my flat. But my friend told me that they can cause blood circulation problems and could lead to the onset of varicose veins. This sounds completely weird to me.

Is there any truth in it?



Samuele says:

Ciao, Simon! And grazie mille for your question.

Yes, I’ve heard this one before.

First off, I can give plumbing advice, but not medical advice.

I do know that there is a link between heat and the ‘promotion’ of varicose veins.
I have also read two contradicting pieces on whether underfloor heating is particularly more harmful in this area.

To be honest, I would be uncomfortable making any claims either way.

My advice would be to ignore anything you read, or see on the internet, and consult with a doctor if you have any real concerns.

However, I have installed many, many underfloor heating systems, and have never been directly told of any physical harm coming to someone as a result of it.

On the contrary, customers have always enjoyed the benefits, and often recommended this way of heating a home to their friends.

Hope this helps.

Ciao for now.


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