Do you have unhealthy air in your Shenandoah Valley home? Is your house making you sick? Indoor air quality has been on the minds of people around the world over the last year, and as a result, many homeowners here in Waynesboro, Harrisonburg, and Broadway have been learning about concepts they hadn’t thought much about before, like air purification and air filtration. Indoor air quality, or IAQ, is especially an issue this winter, as many of us are spending more time than ever in our houses.
The good news is, mechanical solutions to poor air quality in your home can help reduce common air pollutants like:
VOCs (volatile organic compounds)
Viruses & bacteria
But how do you know if air purification or air filtration is right for your home? Here are a few of the common signs that you could benefit from IAQ solutions from Excel Heating & Cooling.
1. You Aren’t Sleeping Well
If you haven’t been getting a good night’s sleep lately, unhealthy air in your home may be to blame! Scientific studies have shown that high concentrations of air pollutants are connected to poor sleep quality, so if you’re having trouble sleeping, or are always feeling like you didn’t get enough rest the next day, your home’s air quality may be the reason.
2. You’re Getting Sick More Frequently
One of the most common reasons why unhealthy air in a home is often left unchecked is because so many of the symptoms of poor indoor air quality can be mistaken for a seasonal bug or the common cold. Headaches, sore throats, sinus congestion—these are all signs of air quality issues, and if it seems like you keep getting sick, clean air solutions could make a real difference to your health.
3. Your Asthma or Allergies Are Worse Than Usual
If you already suffer from asthma or allergies, air pollutants can make your symptoms worse. Instead of just assuming there’s nothing you can do about it, improving your air quality with ventilation and filtration can help you feel better in your home.
4. You’re Noticing Odd Indoor Smells like Mildew
Mold is a common problem in homes, but it’s more than just an unpleasant thing you have to deal with—mold can pose a serious health risk as well. If there’s a mildew smell in your home, you’ll want to figure out where and why mold is growing (the problem is usually related to moisture or humidity), and take action to remove mold spores from your air with air purification and filtration.
5. You Have Pets!
Pet dander is a common air pollutant and allergen, and many pet owners are allergic to pet dander, but because they don’t go into immediate sneezing fits whenever a cat or dog is around, they may not even realize it. Removing dander from your air creates a healthier indoor environment and can help you breathe easier and feel better having a furry companion in your house.
Get the Indoor Air Quality Solutions You Need from Excel
As children are more susceptible to the negative health effects of air pollutants, having a family is a great reason to take action and ensure that the air in your home is healthy and safe. But regardless of who is living in your home with you, there’s really no reason not to take steps to address unhealthy indoor air with air purification and ventilation services from Excel Heating & Cooling.
Advanced HVAC filtration, like high MERV-rated or HEPA filters, can remove even some of the smallest air pollutants, and air purification devices use UV-C light technology to effectively “kill” and remove a variety of pollutants from the air in your home.
At Excel, our air quality experts will take the time to ask questions and learn more about the specific issues you’re experiencing in your home, to find a solution that will help make your house healthier, safer, and more comfortable to live in. From ductwork evaluation to in-home ventilation systems like HRVs and ERVs, our healthy home team is here to help.