One of the few benefits of the COVID-19 lockdown has been the reduction in pollution and the perceived improvement in air quality. Yet things may not have improved as much as we hoped. This recent report in the Guardian suggests that particulate matter (PM) remains stubbornly high, partly due to the start of the farming season but also due to flue emissions from our gas boilers. These gas flues pump out PM, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide, that seriously impact our air quality.
So what can you do about this damaging impact on your local environment...? Replace your gas boiler with an Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) that produces zero local emissions and only a quarter of a gas boiler's emissions globally (even less if you are on a green tariff!).
ASHPs use heat from the air to produce even more heat for your home. They work in much the same way as your fridge, just in reverse. Why is a heat pump considered renewable heat if it runs on electricity? A typical heat pump will produce 3-4kWh of heat for each 1kWh of electricity it consumes. And until March 2021 there are some generous Government subsidies, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), to help you invest in renewable heat.
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