High Humidity Have You Hopeless?

As temperatures increase, so do humidity levels! Aside from general discomfort, excess humidity can cause corrosion, decay, termite infestation, as well as other insect infestations. This increase in humidity can also encourage the growth of mildew- exacerbating allergies and asthma.

While many homeowners opt to sleep with portable dehumidifiers in their homes- why might you choose to invest in a whole-home unit instead? Whole-home dehumidification systems:

  • Can automatically control the humidity throughout your entire home, not just a single room
  • They are located at the furnace, out of sight
  • They are quieter than portable units
  • They are self-draining, so no condensate to empty 1-2x daily
  • Are more energy efficient than their single-room counterparts

Installation of a whole-home dehumidifier preserves the life of your carpets, furniture, wood cabinets and floors. It also makes the air in your home healthier and more breathable by minimizing mold and mildew- lessening the irritation of asthma and allergic reactions.

Installation of whole-home dehumidification systems is a quick and easy process. Skilled technicians will attach the equipment directly to your furnace, clean up after themselves, and leave you to enjoy your new, fresher air! With the energy savings over time, these systems ultimately cost less and operate with higher functionality than their stand-alone counterparts.

RE: Safer At Home Order Lifted

While Komfort Heating and Cooling continued essential operations through the duration of Governor Evers ‘Safter at Home’ order, we still want to take a moment in the face of mass openings and remind all our customers and supporters of our commitment to safety.

We will still be taking all precautions previously prescribed to prevent spread of disease. Our technicians will continue to be well-equipped with gloves, masks, and booties. They are still intent on maintaining social distance, and avoiding unneccesary exposure to our customers and their homes. We still ask that if you are sick or are experiencing symptoms of illness that you avoid requesting a service call out of respect for our team.

We are honored to be a part of the Walworth County Community during these times and will continue making all efforts possible to generate a positive impact on those surrounding us.

Long-Term Health & The Air We Breathe.

Indoor air quality has always been a top concern for the HVAC industry. According to the  US National Library of Medicine, indoor air pollution has been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has shown through research to have significant effects on individual comfort, health, and performance.

The populus spends nearly 90% of their time inside, where air pollutants can reach 100x the concentration found outdoors. Inhaled pollutants are proven to increase health concerns such as nausea, headaches, skin irritation, sick building syndrome, asthma, upper and lower respiratory disease, kidney failure, and even cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 700,000 people per year die from poor breathing conditions.

Over years, as technology and building skills have increased, our homes have become better insulated- allowing less air to move into our out of the home organically. While this reduces energy costs, it also restricts the natural replacement of clean air in homes. Think of how fresh your spaces feel after a nice spring cleaning, and an influx of new air through those open windows.

This sense of your home becoming more light and airy is not a perceptual trick. When the air inside becomes stagnant, it also becomes saturated with pollutants and contaminents. That feeling of heaviness and discomfort is also not just a trick of your mind, you can tell when the air you’re breathing just doesnt feel good. And this not-so-great-air is headed straight into your lungs, where the filtration process becomes the duty of your body.

Our natural in-body filter, the lungs, then take all of those germs, viral particles, allergens, mold spores etc, and clean them out of the air before you exhale. Which is fascinating from a scientific standpoint, however then your body has to do something with all that yuck it just encountered. As your body’s systems work together to now filter your lungs, just as the lungs did for the air, you move the pollutants and carcinogens throughout your body and various systems depending on how the body reacts to that particular compound.

While the incredible human body can withstand pollutants and contaminants to an impressive degree, ultimately long term exposure will lead to a build up in the system. This can result in the wide array of health conditions mentioned above.

Options to replenish/replace the air in your home more rapidly, to kill contaminants, and to remove other particulates from your air exist in great abundance. There is any number of solutions ready available to fit the IAQ needs of your home. Participating in free Indoor Air Quality analysis appointments allows HVAC techs to promptly read and assess the problems in your home, resulting in your ability to adress them effectively.

Taking command of the air in your home protects you and your family in both the short term as well as the long. Even if you don’t have asthma, or dry air in the winter, this does not mean your home is without it’s own unique threats to your health lingering in the air.

Safer At Home-An HVAC Specialty

Long before Governor Evers issued this weeks new mandate, Komfort Heating was making the safety found within your home a priority. Home health is our expertise, we have been in practice for 44 years, and are doubling down on this commitment to our community.

Komfort Heating is not just a business, but a family of technicians. We care for each other and our community with a genuine concern for our impact on all those with whom we interact on a daily basis. The techs we are sending out to homes are all washing their hands regularly, are utilizing appropriate protective wear, and have not been out of the country or to homes where individuals are experiencing symptoms. With all this mind mind, we want to emphasize the safety in having Komfort technicians in your home. The CDC has stressed the importants of 6 ft social distancing, however they have also made clear that with social distancing in place, we do not need to feel fearful of interacting in small numbers at this time.

With that all being said, keeping the air in your home clean and filtered becomes increasingly important as the time spent in those spaces grows. Furnace filters remove dust, allergens, particles, and pollutants from the air so that it does not continually recirculate into your space. There are varying sizes of filters, with correlating abilites to remove more or less of the organic matter from your air, based off of their individual MERV rating. Looking for something to feel empowered and in control of your personal safety? Go to your furnace now and check that filter- Is is dirty? Replace it! Call Komfort and take advantage of our home delivery service or curbside pick up options.

There is a large variety of indoor air quality products available to the market currently, all of which assist in keeping your home safe and clean. UV Lights kill viruses and germs, Air Purifiers filter out allergens and pollen, Humidifiers prevent asthma, and De-Humidifiers reduce mold. No matter what concerns you have, there are simple and approachable solutions we can offer. Our technicians are trained to expertly analyze the needs which are not being met by your current system and offer affordable and trustworthy answers.

Komfort wants to keep your home safe and clean, and we are perfectly equipped with the skills, knowledge, and hardware to do exactly that.

HVAC Amidst COVID-19

As an essential business, Komfort Heating will be maintaining our service and replacement programs during the Corona Virus outbreak. Your health and safety, as well as that of our service techs is our top concern. We are following all official protocol, and maintaining industry best practices. We are practicing social distancing at the office, and no techs with signs or symptoms of illness are coming into the office. Our service team is equipped with nitrile gloves and bleach spray in each van. We ask that if you are experiencing signs and symptoms of illness yourself, you make the dispatcher aware so we can be intentional in which tech we send to your home, as well as allowing them to make informed decisions regarding their own health practices.

We do offer UV Lights, which can be installed directly into your ductwork and do effectively disintegrate/kill viruses, along with other bacteria and organic compounds polluting your indoor air. If you are interested in learning more about the air in your home so that you can keep yourself and your family safe, please call our office to schedule a free indoor air quality analysis. This will take approximately 30 minutes of your time, and will generate a report, sent directly to email, detailing all the pollutants, allergens, germs, and viruses living with you in the home.

We have also begun an air filter delivery service, as well as curbside pickup for filters. We encourage you to check the filter in your equipment, and replace it to maintain superior air quality in your home while you increase the amount of time spent indoors through the coming weeks. Call our office for more details on this option at (262) 723-2662.

Stay safe, and we are honored to be in a position of service to the community at this time.