Many of us here in the Shenandoah Valley are celebrating the warming weather and the arrival of spring! But for others, the changing seasons can be a mixed bag, as seasonal spring allergies can wreak havoc on your health and turn the nicer weather into a sniffly, sneezy, itchy mess.
Many Virginians with spring allergies tend to avoid spending much time outdoors, as pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds are common allergy triggers. But are you also suffering from all of the normal symptoms of spring allergies inside your home? Here are five residential indoor air quality (IAQ) solutions for when spring allergies have found their way into your Harrisonburg, Staunton, Broadway, or Elkton home.
1. HVAC Maintenance and New Air Filters
Air quality might not be your first reason for scheduling maintenance for your heating and cooling system, but it’s definitely one of the best! In addition to keeping your furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump operating efficiently and helping to avoid unexpected and expensive breakdowns, Excel’s maintenance visits include changing your air filters, one of the most important components to both keeping your unit clean and keeping pollutant particles, including pollen, from circulating the air in your home.
BONUS: You can also upgrade your air filtration from the regular cardboard filters to powerful, high MERV rated or HEPA filtration systems, which can filter out much smaller particles from your air.
If you’re having allergic reactions to mold growth or dust mites in your home, removing moisture from your indoor air with a dehumidifier can make a significant difference. Portable, single-room dehumidifiers can come in handy in a pinch, but for whole-home dehumidification, you’ll want a system that connects to your ductwork and can condition your entire home.
3. UV Light Sanitizer
In-duct UV-C light air purifiers have become increasingly popular in the last year or so as more and more homeowners have learned about their effectiveness. Excel’s air purification devices combine UV-C light with activated carbon for cleaner and fresher-smelling indoor air. UV-C light effectively sterilizes mold, bacteria, viruses, and allergens from air as it passes through your ductwork.
4. Fresh Air Ventilation/ERVs
The three indoor air quality products above work to reduce air pollutants in the air already inside your house, but one of the best ways to improve your indoor air quality is to exchange your stale indoor air with fresh, filtered outdoor air. A whole-home ventilation system like an ERV (energy recovery ventilator) mechanically draws in filtered fresh air and expels old air without significant energy loss, keeping heating and cooling bills low.
5. Comfort Control Systems
Simple dial thermostats are a thing of the past! Today’s comfort controls are much more than thermostats—they offer complete control over your entire HVAC, including indoor air quality products and devices, giving you peace of mind that your home is full of safer, cleaner air for your family.
Upgrade to a Healthier Home with Excel’s IAQ HVAC Solutions
If you’re having indoor air quality problems, Excel Heating & Cooling can help you find the right solution. We understand that indoor comfort isn’t just about hot or old it is in your house, and our team of HVAC experts can help you find the HVAC indoor air quality products that will address the specific issues you’re experiencing or concerned about. Since 1953, central Shenandoah Valley homeowners have trusted Excel with their homes—give us a call and get help with spring allergy symptoms in your house now.