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For Healthier Air, Consider an Air Purifier for Your Home

Carrier Air PurifierToday, most of us spend more than 90% of our time indoors, where the air may be even more contaminated than the air outside. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside your home may be two to three times more polluted than outdoor air on average, thanks to dust, pollen, animal dander, mold, cigarette smoke, radon gas and more. Factor in that 1500 hazardous substances can be found in the typical North American home or that 50% of ALL illnesses are caused by or aggravated by indoor pollution, and you can see that purchasing an air purifier makes more sense than ever.

As an important component of your heating and cooling system, an air purifier can substantially improve the overall indoor air quality of your home by removing harmful airborne particles which easily pass through typical furnace filters. Unfortunately, changing conventional furnace filters more frequently may not be enough to protect your family because these pollutants are too small to be captured.

A state-of-the-art whole-home air purifier can solve the problem of polluted indoor air. Unlike other products that capture particles from the air, an advanced air purifier product is able to both capture and kill airborne allergens, bacteria, molds, viruses and other pollutants as small as 0.01 microns— that’s 18,000 times smaller than the head of a pin. This type of purifier system combines superior filtration efficiency with pathogen-killing technology to deliver maximum air purification. Remember, the higher the MERV rating (the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value scale which ranges from 1 to 16) the more efficiently the purifier will remove particles from the air and surfaces in your home.

We can help you determine the most beneficial air purifier for your home and also show you how to maintain the purifier between system check-ups if necessary.

Maintain a Healthy Home With Quality Indoor Air

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Complete home comfort is about more than just temperature – it’s also about maintaining a healthy home with quality indoor air. Dusty, dirty homes at any temperatures can mean discomfort. The air in today’s tightly sealed, well-insulated homes can become stale as the same indoor air is circulated and re-circulated.

Indoor air quality is among the Environmental Protection Agency’s top three health concerns. The agency reports that with dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, skin flakes, chemical fumes, cigarette smoke, Radon gas and more, the air inside your home can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside. Unfortunately, changing furnace filters more frequently may not be enough to protect your family because these airborne pollutants are too small to be captured by a conventional furnace filter.

Fortunately, Carrier’s wide range of air quality solutions can together eliminate 99.9% of the pollutants threatening your home’s health. Carrier humidifiers and dehumidifiers help control air moisture, and energy recovery ventilators bring fresh air into your home and send stale air and pollutants outside. Air filters clean the air before it circulates and ultraviolet lamps eliminate germs and bacteria.

A Tour of Our Services

Wisconsin-Fuel-Truck-tranWhen you see Wisconsin Fuel Heating & Cooling’s work vans around town, you may think that we are just a furnace and air conditioner company. You aren’t wrong, we do repair and replace furnaces and air conditioners—both have been our specialty since 1923. We are a Carrier Dealer and sell the trusted Carrier HVAC brand of equipment to our customers. We can service any make and model as well.

But Wisconsin Fuel also offers a full line of indoor air quality products to eliminate allergens and help with your total comfort of your home year-round. The air in your home travels through ducts, so it’s only fitting that we offer duct cleaning services, too. Ducts should be cleaned on average every five to seven years.

Programmable Thermostats are another line of products offered by Wisconsin Fuel to help with the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.furnace_tuneup

Regular furnace and air conditioner maintenance is the single most important factor to ensuring years of trouble-free, energy-efficient service no matter what type or brand of system you have. Purchasing an annual maintenance plan will protect your wallet from costly repairs and keep your system running at its peak. Wisconsin Fuel offers an extra measure of protection on new equipment with a 10-year extended warranty that covers parts and labor.

Duct Cleaning

Heating and air conditionDuct Cleaning Before & Aftering ducts naturally accumulate sizeable deposits of dust and other contaminants over a period of years. Dirt deposits can reduce the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning system and even cause physical discomfort and illness by degrading the quality of air you breathe indoors. Dirt deposits in your heating and air conditioning ducts actually act as food for organisms such as dust mites.

Wisconsin Fuel and Heating can clean your HVAC ducts with NO HIDDEN CHARGES OR SURPRISES! Call us today at (262) 654-0241 so you can start breathing better tomorrow!

Carbon Monoxide Detectors-It’s the Law!

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Did you know the State of Wisconsin passed a law requiring every home to have carbon monoxide detectors installed as of 2/1/2011?

You must install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home and near sleeping areas.

Can Carbon Monoxide build up in your home?  Yes. Each year, carbon monoxide kills more than 200 Americans and sends nearly 5,000 more to emergency rooms for treatment, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Where does it come from? When carbon-based fuels such as natural gas, oil, kerosene or wood burn, they produce gases. When fuel combustion or burning isn’t complete, carbon monoxide enters the air. The CPSC advises that carbon monoxide detectors are the only way to alert yourself to the presence of toxic gas in your home. If you wake in the night with a headache — and especially if another member of the family complains of a headache or is difficult to arouse — get out of the house fast and seek medical help.

We stock them on our trucks and if you would like them installed just give Wisconsin Fuel & Heating a call at (262) 654-0241.

For more information see the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety –  http://www.wafs.org/Library/pdfs/wi-co-law-summary-jan-2011.pdf

Allergens: Regular Duct Cleaning Will Reduce Them

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One of the biggest problems many families face with indoor air quality is the ever persistent presence of allergens. Especially if you have pets or plants, allergens will be in your home from the day you move in. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t many ways to reduce them – especially in the case of duct work.

Allergens in Your Duct Work

How do so many allergens get into your ductwork? It starts with how the ductwork circulates air in your home. Because air only flows one way and because the ducts are not being used continuously, the air circulated by your air conditioner or furnace leaves behind all sorts of unwanted residue.

In both cases, the air drawn into your comfort system is usually the same air from inside your home. That means it is full of things like dust, pollen, dander and more. Even if the air is drawn from outside, often the case with an air conditioner unit, there are plenty of allergens outside.

How do you stop all of these allergens from working their way into your home and then your lungs? It starts with regular cleaning. You can’t ever truly stop allergens from coming inside or circulating in your air ducts, but you can take big steps in removing many of the contaminants that linger in your ducts.

Annual cleaning of the ducts by a professional will remove excess build up in places you cannot normally reach. Between those cleaning visits, you should supplement the cleaning by dusting and vacuuming vents and the areas of your ducts you can reach.

Going Beyond Cleaning

Cleaning your ducts is a great way to reduce allergens in the house. That alone, along with quality ventilation will take care of the most common allergens. However, if people in your home suffer from asthma or more severe seasonal allergies you may want to upgrade your preventative measures with an air filtration and purification system.

An air filter alone, equipped with a HEPA filter, is capable of removing particles and allergens as small as 0.3 microns – far smaller than dander, pollen or dust. For those with more advanced allergies or too many outdoor contaminants, a purifier works wonders by removing excess gas, smoke, or mold from the air with ionization.

Whatever your concerns, it is possible to live comfortably in your home despite allergies. Stay on top of cleaning and get your air tested to see if filtration will help. From there, you can remove almost anything.