Kowalski has been helping homeowners in McMurray and the South Hills of Pittsburgh improve their indoor air for years – since long before air quality became a trending topic.
We help you sort through all the options and the hype to deliver the best, most practical IAQ solution for your family:
These are air cleaners built into your HVAC system.
They trap small particles and contaminants using media filters (physical barriers), electronic charges, UV light, or a combination of all three.
These are supply and exhaust systems for continually exchanging stagnant indoor air for fresh outdoor air.
They include two main types of ventilation systems:
• Heat Recovery Ventilation Systems (HRVs)
These transfer heat from old exhaust air to new fresh air. HRVs are often recommended for colder climates.
• Energy Recovery Ventilation Systems (ERVs)
These draw both heat and moisture from old exhaust air and leave it outside. ERVs are often recommended for warmer climates.
Because Pittsburgh gets both extreme cold and extreme heat, we can help you determine what type of ventilation system is best for you depending on your home, your current HVAC system, and your indoor air quality needs.
These are devices that use your HVAC system to add water vapor to the air in your home, and are controlled via a humidistat.
They include bypass humidifiers that rely on your furnace’s fan, or power versions that are fan-powered or steam-powered.
These are devices that use your HVAC system to remove water vapor from the air in your home, condense it to a liquid, and route it to a collection pan or drain line.
These are systems that we tailor to solve the exact indoor air challenges you’re experiencing in your home. They include the Healthy Climate Solutions product by Lennox.
The IAQ solutions we install offer the following advantages:
Our IAQ systems also benefit your physical health, peace of mind, and wallet. Here’s how:
They keep your home free of irritants like dust, pollen, pet dander, air, and mold spores.
They disinfect your home with hospital-grade protection from pathogens like bacteria and viruses.
They minimize the potential harm caused by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde, benzene, and ethylene glycol, which are found in household items like furniture, paint, flooring, or cleaning solutions.
They eliminate, rather than simply mask, unpleasant smells from cooking, smoke, or pets.
They get air moving to counteract the “tight house syndrome” caused by modern home building and insulation technologies, which seal houses almost too well - the elements stay out reliably, but the air inside becomes trapped and stale.
They prevent the particle build-up on your HVAC system that forces it to work harder, adds wear and tear, and drives up your utility bills.
Poor air quality doesn’t just affect people and HVAC systems. It also impacts all the materials in your home, causing warps, cracks, corrosion, and other deterioration over time. An IAQ system extends the lifespan of everything under your roof.
If you’re considering an IAQ solution for your home, Kowalski can guide you through every step of the process.
Here’s what you can expect when you work with us to improve your indoor air:
We test the air in your home to determine its levels of pollutants, various gases, and moisture. We also examine the related features of your home to find potential sources of contaminants, and to determine the ventilation, sealants, and systems that govern air quality and flow.
We learn exactly what’s in the air in your home, and what isn’t.
We listen to your goals and challenges regarding your indoor air so that we can recommend a best-fit IAQ system: Do you have particular health or allergy concerns? Specific chemicals or pollutants you’re looking to address? Odors or mustiness you can’t eliminate? Structural or environmental issues that block or contaminate air? An HVAC system you want to augment?
Your priorities for your air become our priorities for a solution.
Indoor air standards and guidelines are spread across various organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioner Engineers (ASHRAE). They include product quality metrics like the Clean Air Delivery Rating (CADR) and Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV).
We stay current on all the evolving air quality information and technologies so you don’t have to.
As with all our other services, we customize the work we do for you and the products we install. We tailor IAQ solutions for compatibility with your current HVAC system in order to protect not only the people in your home, but your existing heating and cooling products too.
Kowalski air quality installations are personalized, never generic.
There are some signs that you do:
If you or any of your family members - especially young or elderly ones - have year-round sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, headaches, sore throats, or skin irritations, the air in your home may contain excessive irritants, moisture, or dryness.
If anyone in your household has started snoring and you can’t pinpoint a medical cause, your home’s air may hinder deep breathing.
If you clean your home and open windows regularly but still can’t eliminate odors, you may need to neutralize your air and improve its flow.
Even in the most hot and humid months, the heat and humidity should stay outdoors. If it’s stuffy or muggy inside your home, no matter the time of year, it’s likely an air quality issue.
You should not see mold growing in or around your home - again, even in the most humid months. If you do, it’s time to address your air quality.
We’ve all let dust accumulate from time to time. But if the dust in your home piles up quickly - and if seeing it floating is a daily occurrence - you may need to purify your air.
Droplets inside your windows can be caused by too much indoor humidity and insufficient ventilation.
Walls and furniture that show signs of cracking and buckling can result from too much or too little humidity in your air.
Annoyances like minor shocks, clingy clothing, or flyaway hair may be a sign that your indoor air is overly dry.
Kowalski offers the very best in air quality for your home, including all the latest products, accessories, and controls.
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