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How heat pumps can boost indoor air quality

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How heat pumps can boost indoor air quality

In the UK, the average person spends 92% of their time indoors. This is why indoor air quality matters and should be an important consideration for any homeowner. Household air pollution was responsible for an estimated 3.2 million deaths per year in 2020, as pollutants like particulate matter and allergens can worsen symptoms of asthma and other respiratory conditions.

While traditional HVAC systems might increase the concentration of airborne pollutants, heat pumps can provide both heating and cooling without fossil-fuel combustion and are a more friendly alternative. A heat pump’s outdoor unit gathers heat energy from the air, while its indoor unit acts as a condenser or evaporator to maintain optimal temperatures. In this article, we explore how heat pumps can boost indoor air quality, so you can move one step closer to creating a cleaner, healthier indoor environment at home.

Help to purify the air

Heat pumps naturally filter air before it enters the home thanks to advanced filtration systems. In doing so, they remove many common allergens and pollutants that have the potential to impact human health.

This means they’re particularly effective in reducing the spread of bacteria and viruses during cold winter months when we’re more likely to experience outbreaks.

Control humidity

A lot of air pollutants thrive in high temperatures and humidity levels. With a heat pump, it acts as a dehumidifier when cooling and is much more effective at reducing humidity than traditional air conditioning systems.

Also, during colder months of the year, heat pumps don’t remove moisture when heating a home. This means that homeowners can enjoy comfortable humidity levels no matter the season.

Easy-to-clean filters

All air source heat pumps have easily replaceable air filters. Modern heat pump systems can be outfitted with plasma filters, ionic filters, and high-efficiency particulate air filters to improve air quality at the point of delivery.

Filtration technology filters the air, breaking down and neutralising harmful pathogens to ensure you’re breathing in cleaner air. This is hugely beneficial for homeowners who suffer from asthma and allergies.

No ductwork

If you opt for a ductless system, then air purifiers help to remove pollutants effectively thanks to the purified air not having to travel far to reach its destination. Ductless heat pumps are also a lot more energy-efficient.

No combustion fuels

Heating systems that rely on gas can be harmful if there is a leak and pollutants from the combustion process can spread throughout your home. This can severely impact indoor air quality and lead to issues with your health.

As heat pumps don’t use combustion fuels, you can ensure this never becomes an issue. Also, children are often more vulnerable to gas leaks, so this is an important consideration if you have a young family.

If you want to invest in a reliable heat pump that uses the latest innovative technologies to improve indoor air quality in your home, then take a look at our extensive range of heat pumps.

Our products provide your home with heating, cooling, ventilation, and hot water so you can create a perfect indoor climate with minimal impact on the environment.

Get in touch with a member of the NIBE team today for more information. 

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