What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

RESIDENTIAL SERVICESProtect your family from the unhealthy and damaging effects of indoor air pollution.

Builders and homeowners are doing all the right things to make homes more air tight and more energy efficient. They use vapor barriers, caulking, house wraps and better sealing doors and windows to reduce energy loss caused by air infiltration.

Today’s homes eliminate nearly all wasteful air leaks, helping to control energy costs. Because homes are air tight, pollutants are trapped indoors. The health hazards from indoor air pollutants are broadly recognized as one of today’s top environmental hazards.

Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.

Indoor Air Quality Solutions

  • High Efficiency Air Cleaners
  • Humidifiers
  • Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV)
  • Dehumidifiers

Air In. Perfection Out.

The air we breathe in our homes is loaded with pollutants like pollen, lung damaging dust, pet hair, dander, dust mites, tobacco smoke, spores, disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Considering the typical throwaway furnace filter only traps about 5 – 15% of these polluting particles and that the slightest traces of pollutants can trigger miserable reactions for allergy sufferers, you need serious help. In today’s world, a whole-house, high efficiency air cleaner is the best system to get the job done.

Whole-House High Efficiency Air Cleaners are the most efficient air cleaners you can buy. Whether you choose the technologically-advanced Electronic Air Cleaner or the proven Media Air Cleaner, Wisconsin Fuel offers products with features and benefits that are unsurpassed by any competitive product.

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Protect your family and your home from the unhealthy and damaging effects of over-dry air.

Dry nose, cracked, itchy skin, and sore throats. Aggravated allergy and asthma symptoms. Painful static shocks. Chipping paint and plaster. Splitting or cracked wood floors, furniture, trim and molding. Sound familiar? Why go through another season with these problems when there is a solution—an Whole-Home Humidifier installed by Wisconsin Fuel & Heating.

Turning your temperature up in the wintertime will keep you warm but won’t increase your home’s humidity level. Daily activities such as showering, cooking and doing laundry don’t produce enough moisture to keep your home’s air from being too dry. According to medical experts, many viruses thrive in low humidity increasing the likelihood of catching colds, flu and upper respiratory ailments. The American Society of Otolaryngology even reports that it is important to prevent an overly dry environment because it makes people more susceptible to infection.

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Poor Ventilation May Be Harmful to Your Family’s Health

Indoor air pollution is the uncomfortable or unhealthful presence of high levels of pollutants. Lingering odors may simply be a daily annoyance. Formaldehyde and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s), cigarette smoke, radon, household cleaners, even perfumes can threaten health. Protect your family from the health problems that are associated with:

  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) – can cause headaches, drowsiness and reduce mental acuity
  • Smoke – can cause irritated eyes and respiratory problems like bronchitis and pneumonia
  • High Humidity – promotes asthma, encourages fungal growth and house dust mites
  • Formaldehyde – can cause headaches, sore throats, respiratory, eye and skin irritations, sinus problems, nasal congestion, hearing loss, arthritis, depression and memory impairments
  • Ammonia – can cause eye, nose and respiratory tract irritation
  • Radon – is an invisible, odorless gas that can seep into homes from the ground, and in time can cause cancer
  • Volatile Organic Compounds – many building materials including paints, carpets and adhesives contain substances that outgas and can cause allergic reactions.

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A complete solution for your home’s excess indoor humidity problems.

All homes need humidity control. Aprilaire has a solution for every size home. From their compact 65-pint unit – perfect for town homes, condominiums and homes with a closet HVAC system – all the way up to their 135-pint unit for homes that are 4,000 square feet or more. Wisconsin Fuel and Heating can provide every homeowner the whole-home protection and performance of central dehumidification.

Air conditioning alone can’t satisfy your home’s humidity requirements. Your air conditioning system is designed to control temperature, not humidity, and only removes humidity as a byproduct of cooling. During the spring and fall seasons when it’s still cool outside but damp inside, your air conditioning isn’t running and your house is uncomfortable — you need an Aprilaire Whole-Home Dehumidifier installed by Wisconsin Fuel & Heating.

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