Inhibit the spread of COVID-19 with a ductless heat pump

September 8, 2020

Air management is crucial

Prior to the global pandemic, people were aware of the potential transmission of germs and viruses, especially during cold and flu season. While social gatherings and interactions were not altered during these seasons, surfaces were disinfected, hand washing was increased, and hand sanitizer was used more regularly. We knew what to expect and how to tackle the symptoms if exposed to viruses such as the flu and common cold.

Now, in the face of a global pandemic, we are learning as much as we can, and therefore, we want to react in a way that will help slow the transmission as much as possible. People are being urged to take all precautionary measures to keep not only themselves but others safe and healthy as well.

While the above measures are fantastic at preventing the spread of disease from contaminated surfaces and large droplets that are released from breathing, coughing, and sneezing, the science is telling us that smaller droplets, known as aerosols, stick around in the air for much longer and require more prevention tactics. That’s where ductless heat pumps can help.

Let’s examine central heating and cooling systems, along with ductless heat pumps to determine why ductless heat pumps are more effective at not only preventing the spread of COVID-19, but at providing better air quality in your home as well.

Central heating and cooling systems

The reason central heating and cooling systems are not effective in preventing the spread of viruses is because they recirculate the air within the home. So, the small virus-laden aerosols that remain in the air after an infected person has coughed or sneezed in one room can be recirculated throughout the house from the supply vents to return vents. The infected person is unintentionally exposing others to the virus through the re-circulation of air throughout the home. Though the aerosols eventually dissipate, they may remain in the air for a longer duration of time.

Ductless heating and cooling systems

Ductless heat pumps are more effective at preventing the spread of viruses, as they do not recirculate the air throughout the house. Due to zoned heating and cooling, the air in a single room with a ductless heat pump will largely be confined to that room. Homeowners can rest assured knowing that virus-laden aerosols from one room will not be recirculated throughout the house.

On top of having highly effective filtration systems, ductless heat pump units can be equipped with add-on devices, such as air scrubbers. These devices use ionization technology to significantly reduce allergens, viruses, particulates, mold, and spores in the air. Learn more about available add-on scrubbers for ductless heat pumps and the technology behind them.

In closing

Coronavirus has changed the way people around the world, live, work, socialize, and interact. From social distancing to virtual meetings and gatherings, we are living in unprecedented times. While treatments are still underway, prevention is key. Contact us today to learn more about ductless heat pump systems for your home.