Indoor Air

It's important that you're comfortable in your home and that you can get the most out of the times when you unwind, relax and hang out with your family. You can enjoy a high level of comfort at home by making sure your indoor air quality is the best it can be. Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can lead to respiratory irritation and can even trigger or aggravate serious illnesses.
You probably associate pollution and poor air quality with big cities, industrial factories and areas outside of your home. However, indoor air can also suffer from substantial air quality problems. Many of these pollutants enter your home through air leaks or open doors and windows. However, it's important to remember that even well-sealed, structurally sound houses can suffer from poor IAQ. A home that is well sealed may suffer from poor IAQ due to the continuous recirculation of the same air. This excessive circulation can lead to IAQ conditions that are similar to those found on commercial airplanes. Poor IAQ can be caused by the presence of these substances in the air:
Whether you use a boiler or furnace for heating needs, choosing regular maintenance is absolutely essential to the health of your system. Regular system servicing will help to ensure efficiency and control your utility bills. HVAC units that are properly maintained also tend to have longer operating lives than systems that are poorly maintained.
At Komfort Heating & Cooling, we know that winters throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois can be severe. Our professional HVAC technicians are here to provide for all of your heating installation, repair and servicing needs. Please call us today if you need help with your heating system.
Many homeowners now choose heat pumps to provide for their home cooling and heating needs. If you choose a heat pump for your home, you will need to have regular heat pump servicing performed in order to ensure that the pump is working correctly. If you use your heat pump for both heating and cooling, be sure to have service completed in advance of each season.
Your heating and cooling equipment will last longer when properly maintained. Our professional service technicians understand your heating system and can eliminate costly problems. Below is a list of what our technicians check for when servicing your equipment:
Heat exchanger will be inspected for cracks and deterioration.
Benefit: Heat exchangers can develop cracks with age. If they exist, there is a risk of serious illness from toxic fumes emitted.
Air Cleaners
State-of-the-art Carrier air filtration systems such as the Infinity® Air Purifier effectively removes bacteria, pollen, animal dander and other pollutants as small as 0.01 microns–that's 18,000 times smaller than the head of a pin. The higher the MERV rating, the more efficiently the cleaner removes particles.
The Carrier CO Alarm Provides Peace of Mind
The Carrier Carbon Monoxide Alarm uses sophisticated electronics and unmatched sensor technology to detect and record the levels of CO circulating in your indoor air. You can monitor the current CO level in your home on a large, easy-to-read digital display. When dangerous levels of CO are present, a loud, audible alarm alerts you and your family automatically.
Control moisture to increase indoor air quality
Fan-Powered Humidifiers are independent units with their own fans that add moisture directly into your ducts, while Bypass Humidifiers work in tandem with your furnace system to deliver enhanced moisture throughout your home. Both options are quiet, energy efficient ways to make your home more comfortable, and reduce static electricity.
Bring fresh air into your home all year–without losing energy
Efficient and innovative Carrier Energy Recovery Ventilators bring fresh air into your home throughout the longer cooling season, while Heat Recovery Ventilators keep your air warm and fresh during longer heating seasons–forcing stale air and pollutants out of your home.
Germicidal UV Lamps Keep Coils Free of Mold, Bacteria
UV Lamps zap the mold and bacteria that can sometimes grow in the moist environment of your air conditioning or indoor coils. This way, unhealthy pollutants are killed and won't circulate through your family's home.
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Check out these great tips on how to improve the quality of the air your family breaths.
Suck it up. Chemicals and allergens can accumulate in household dust for decades. By using a vacuum with a HEPA filter you can reduce concentrations of lead in your home. Mop it up. Mopping picks up the dust that vacuuming leaves behind. You can skip the soaps and cleaners and just use plain water to capture any lingering dust or allergens. New microfiber mops (and dust cloths) reportedly capture more dust and dirt than traditional fibers and don’t require any cleaning solutions whatsoever. Keep it out. Put a large floor mat at every door.People track in all sorts of chemicals via the dirt on their shoes. A door mat reduces the amount of dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants from getting into your home. If the mat is big enough, even those who don't wipe their shoes will leave most pollutants on the mat -- not the floors in your home.
Dust mites and mold love moisture. Keeping humidity around 30%-50% helps keep them and other allergens under control. A dehumidifier (and air conditioner during summer months) helps reduce moisture in indoor air and effectively controls allergens, Lang says. An air conditioner also reduces indoor pollen count -- another plus for allergy-sufferers.
"Probably the single most important aspect of indoor air pollution is secondhand cigarette smoke," says Philip Landrigan, MD, a pediatrician and director of the Children's Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
Whether you have a new or old home, you could have a radon problem. This colorless, odorless gas significantly raises the risk of lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
You may associate that lemony or piney scent with a clean kitchen or clean clothes.But synthetic fragrances in laundry products and air fresheners emit dozens of different chemicals into the air. Look for fragrance-free or naturally-scented laundry products. Switch to mild cleaners that don't include artificial fragrances. Stop using aerosol sprays -- deodorants, hair sprays, carpet cleaners, furniture polish, and air fresheners. Let in fresh air. Open windows so toxic chemicals don't build up in your home. What if you or your child has pollen allergies? Then keep rooms ventilated with a filtered air- conditioning system. Use sliced lemons and baking soda to get a clean scent in the kitchen. Bring nature indoors. Any room is prettier with a fern, spider plant, or aloe vera. It’s also healthier. NASA research shows that indoor plants like these act as living air purifiers -- the foliage and roots work in tandem to absorb chemical pollutants released by synthetic materials. If you have kids or pets, make sure the plants aren’t poisonous if ingested.
It's important that you're comfortable in your home and that you can get the most out of the times when you unwind, relax and hang out with your family. You can enjoy a high level of comfort at home by making sure your indoor air quality is the best it can be. Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can lead to respiratory irritation and can even trigger or aggravate serious illnesses.
You probably associate pollution and poor air quality with big cities, industrial factories and areas outside of your home. However, indoor air can also suffer from substantial air quality problems. Many of these pollutants enter your home through air leaks or open doors and windows. However, it's important to remember that even well-sealed, structurally sound houses can suffer from poor IAQ. A home that is well sealed may suffer from poor IAQ due to the continuous recirculation of the same air. This excessive circulation can lead to IAQ conditions that are similar to those found on commercial airplanes. Poor IAQ can be caused by the presence of these substances in the air:
Whether you use a boiler or furnace for heating needs, choosing regular maintenance is absolutely essential to the health of your system. Regular system servicing will help to ensure efficiency and control your utility bills. HVAC units that are properly maintained also tend to have longer operating lives than systems that are poorly maintained.
At Komfort Heating & Cooling, we know that winters throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois can be severe. Our professional HVAC technicians are here to provide for all of your heating installation, repair and servicing needs. Please call us today if you need help with your heating system.
Many homeowners now choose heat pumps to provide for their home cooling and heating needs. If you choose a heat pump for your home, you will need to have regular heat pump servicing performed in order to ensure that the pump is working correctly. If you use your heat pump for both heating and cooling, be sure to have service completed in advance of each season.
Your heating and cooling equipment will last longer when properly maintained. Our professional service technicians understand your heating system and can eliminate costly problems. Below is a list of what our technicians check for when servicing your equipment:
Heat exchanger will be inspected for cracks and deterioration. Benefit: Heat exchangers can develop cracks with age. If they exist, there is a risk of serious illness from toxic fumes emitted.
Air Cleaners
State-of-the-art Carrier air filtration systems such as the Infinity® Air Purifier effectively removes bacteria, pollen, animal dander and other pollutants as small as 0.01 microns–that's 18,000 times smaller than the head of a pin. The higher the MERV rating, the more efficiently the cleaner removes particles.
The Carrier CO Alarm Provides Peace of Mind
The Carrier Carbon Monoxide Alarm uses sophisticated electronics and unmatched sensor technology to detect and record the levels of CO circulating in your indoor air. You can monitor the current CO level in your home on a large, easy-to-read digital display. When dangerous levels of CO are present, a loud, audible alarm alerts you and your family automatically.
Control moisture to increase indoor air quality
Fan-Powered Humidifiers are independent units with their own fans that add moisture directly into your ducts, while Bypass Humidifiers work in tandem with your furnace system to deliver enhanced moisture throughout your home. Both options are quiet, energy efficient ways to make your home more comfortable, and reduce static electricity.
Bring fresh air into your home all year–without losing energy
Efficient and innovative Carrier Energy Recovery Ventilators bring fresh air into your home throughout the longer cooling season, while Heat Recovery Ventilators keep your air warm and fresh during longer heating seasons–forcing stale air and pollutants out of your home.
Germicidal UV Lamps Keep Coils Free of Mold, Bacteria
UV Lamps zap the mold and bacteria that can sometimes grow in the moist environment of your air conditioning or indoor coils. This way, unhealthy pollutants are killed and won't circulate through your family's home.
Check out these great tips on how to improve the quality of the air your family breaths.
Suck it up. Chemicals and allergens can accumulate in household dust for decades. By using a vacuum with a HEPA filter you can reduce concentrations of lead in your home. Mop it up. Mopping picks up the dust that vacuuming leaves behind. You can skip the soaps and cleaners and just use plain water to capture any lingering dust or allergens. New microfiber mops (and dust cloths) reportedly capture more dust and dirt than traditional fibers and don’t require any cleaning solutions whatsoever. Keep it out. Put a large floor mat at every door.People track in all sorts of chemicals via the dirt on their shoes. A door mat reduces the amount of dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants from getting into your home. If the mat is big enough, even those who don't wipe their shoes will leave most pollutants on the mat -- not the floors in your home.
Dust mites and mold love moisture. Keeping humidity around 30%-50% helps keep them and other allergens under control. A dehumidifier (and air conditioner during summer months) helps reduce moisture in indoor air and effectively controls allergens, Lang says. An air conditioner also reduces indoor pollen count -- another plus for allergy-sufferers.
"Probably the single most important aspect of indoor air pollution is secondhand cigarette smoke," says Philip Landrigan, MD, a pediatrician and director of the Children's Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
Whether you have a new or old home, you could have a radon problem. This colorless, odorless gas significantly raises the risk of lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
You may associate that lemony or piney scent with a clean kitchen or clean clothes.But synthetic fragrances in laundry products and air fresheners emit dozens of different chemicals into the air. Look for fragrance-free or naturally-scented laundry products. Switch to mild cleaners that don't include artificial fragrances. Stop using aerosol sprays -- deodorants, hair sprays, carpet cleaners, furniture polish, and air fresheners. Let in fresh air. Open windows so toxic chemicals don't build up in your home. What if you or your child has pollen allergies? Then keep rooms ventilated with a filtered air- conditioning system. Use sliced lemons and baking soda to get a clean scent in the kitchen. Bring nature indoors. Any room is prettier with a fern, spider plant, or aloe vera. It’s also healthier. NASA research shows that indoor plants like these act as living air purifiers -- the foliage and roots work in tandem to absorb chemical pollutants released by synthetic materials. If you have kids or pets, make sure the plants aren’t poisonous if ingested.