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All That Glitters Is Not Good (for IAQ)

November 27, 2017

It’s a gorgeous, crisp winter day. The sky is blue and bright sunshine pours through the crystal-clear windows of your Harrisonburg, or Elkton, Virginia home. That shaft of warm light in the family room invites you to stand right in it, so you do, until you realize the air there is full of—what are those millions of tiny glittering particles floating in the air? Are they everywhere?

Well, of course they’re everywhere. We tend to forget about them until they’re illuminated just so. But they shouldn’t be ignored. Those tiny pollutants can be bad for your health, contributing to issues like asthma and increasing the risk of colds, infections, and even pneumonia. Long-term exposure to indoor pollutants and toxins can lead to even more serious health issues.

So, particularly in winter when we close up our houses and spend even more time indoors, we should try to minimize the “glitter.” Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce pollutants and improve the air quality in your home.

Steps You Can Take to Improve Indoor Air Quality

  • Check Your Habits

Start by thinking about what might be doing to contribute to toxins in your home. Household cleaners, paint, new carpets and furniture all release chemicals into the air. Choose cleaners that are more environmentally friendly and less heavily scented.

  • Increase the Frequency of Your Cleaning Schedule

It may seem impossible to stay on top of the dust, dander and pet hair in your home, but don’t give up. Increasing the frequency of vacuuming, dusting and mopping during the cold months plays a large part in improving indoor air quality.

  • Change Your HVAC Filters

A dirty air filter reduces air filtration and if it’s exposed to condensation will encourage mold growth. It’s recommended that HVAC filters be changed as often as every three months to improve air quality and reduce the operating burden on your system.

  • Invest in Air Quality Technology

Air Filtration and Purification Systems

Together, air filtration and purification units can provide you and your family with a safer, healthier level of air quality. Filters remove many of the pollutants from indoor air, and purifiers sterilize mold, mildew, viruses and allergens.

Mechanical Ventilation

Out with the bad air, in with the good. Ventilation takes over when we close up our houses in the winter, ensuring pollutants aren’t allowed to build up.


A whole-home dehumidifier both circulates and removes excess moisture from the air during the summer. If the problem is the opposite in the winter, with dry air causing discomfort and health issues, a humidifier can work with your current HVAC system to ensure proper humidity levels throughout your house.

Call the Air Quality Experts

Whatever you need to improve the air quality in your Shenandoah Valley home, Excel Heating and Cooling can help. We’ve been here since 1953, lending our experience and expertise to Virginia homeowners for all their heating, cooling and air quality needs.

Get rid of that bad glitter and improve the air quality in your home. Contact us or call (540) 870-0423 to learn more.

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