Wildfire Smoke - Covid - 19 - Climate Change: Island Ductless Heat Pumps Can Help

October 13, 2020

We are experiencing times of uncertainty and in the face of a global pandemic, for many of us, our daily routines have been significantly altered. On top of that, we are experiencing climate change and have been hit with brutal smoke from wildfires. We want to address each issue and how Island Ductless Heat Pumps can help.

Filter wildfire smoke with a ductless heat pump

Looking out your window to see thick smoke fill a once crisp and clear view of the Pacific Northwest is both discouraging and concerning. We want you to rest assured knowing that while smoke surrounds your home and diminishes outdoor air quality, your ductless heat pump is working to clear the smoke out of your rooms to improve the air. Your heat pump continues to filter smoke even when it’s in standby.

Did you know that your heat pump doesn’t exchange the air from outside? Instead it delivers cooling or heating energy from the outdoor compressor to the indoor unit(s) via the refrigerant lines. There is no air brought from the outside to the inside of your house. The indoor unit then circulates the air in your room while filtering and heating or cooling.

In addition, we have add-on filtering devices that will do even more to capture smoke and other particulates in your home. Let’s explore your options.

The RGF Clear Sky was developed to produce bi-polar ions, using separated quad ion emitters to reduce particulates, allergens, smoke, bacteria, viruses, mold, and spores in the air. This is a good air quality solution for the budget-minded consumer.

iWave®-M Mini Flexible Air Cleaner is a flexible ion-generating bar that purifies the air, killing mold, bacteria, and viruses in a ductless heat pump indoor unit coil and your living space. The ionization process also reduces allergens, smoke, and static electricity, as well as controlling odors (cooking, pet, VOCs), and other particles (no more sunbeams) in the air without creating ozone or any harmful byproducts. The highly versatile iWave-M is low maintenance with no replacement parts. Watch this video to learn more.

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout your home 

We are all working to inhibit the spread of COVID-19 throughout our homes and communities. Ductless heat pumps can help protect the air quality in your home because they are more effective at preventing the spread of viruses than traditional ducted systems, as they do not recirculate the air throughout the house. 

Additionally, because ductless heat pumps are equipped with zoned heating and cooling, the air in a single room with a ductless heat pump will largely be confined to that room. It’s encouraging to know that virus-laden aerosols from one room will not be recirculated throughout the house. Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 is imperative. As we work in and around your homes, read our COVID-19 Update to learn how we are protecting our employees and customers through our exposure control, mitigation, and recovery plan.

Reduce your carbon footprint with a ductless heat pump

One of our passions behind Island Ductless Heat Pumps is preserving the environment and helping households throughout our communities to reduce their carbon footprint. It’s reassuring to witness individuals seeking ways to help save our planet and preserve the environment for future generations to enjoy.

We are thrilled to share that unlike ducted systems, ductless heat pumps have close to zero energy loss, using around 40–60% less electricity than other common HVAC systems, such as baseboard cadet heating or forced central air. When you invest in a ductless heat pump, you are significantly reducing your carbon footprint and its negative effects on our planet.

In closing

In a time of uncertainty and stress, we hope that the technology behind ductless heat pumps can help you feel confident in the air quality throughout your home. To learn more about ductless heat pumps and how to reduce your carbon footprint, explore our website or give us call at (360) 321-4252. We’d love to help!