If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you probably have mixed feelings about Virginia’s warmer months. It’s hard to enjoy the weather, green grass, and flowers while sneezing, itching, and fighting for air. But when you get home and close the front door to your Harrisonburg or Elkton home, you leave all that outside — or do you?
The Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality
Studies have found that the allergens and pollutants inside our homes can be several times worse than they are outside. One reason is that the air inside is trapped and recirculated, causing pollutants that might otherwise dissipate to build up over time.
These pollutants come from various places, both inside and outside of the home. Inside pollutants include pet dander, smoke, gases from combustion appliances, dust, and mold. Outside air can get into your home through tiny gaps and cracks, carrying moisture, pollen, exhaust, and other outdoor contaminants. Together, these pollutants can exacerbate allergy symptoms even more than any walk outside.
4 Steps Toward Healthier Indoor Air
These four home improvements will ensure healthier indoor air quality, all while making your entire home more comfortable and reducing your energy bills.
1. Ensure Your Home Is Air Sealed
If you suffer from allergy symptoms at home, it may indicate that gaps and holes throughout your home are allowing outside air to enter. Even newer homes have tiny cracks and imperfections that let in contaminated air, provide access for insects, and allow conditioned air to escape. Air sealing eliminates these gaps and holes, protecting your home from outside moisture, pollutants, and unwelcome visitors.
2. Install an Air Purification or Filtration System
At Excel Heating and Cooling, we offer air purification and filtration systems that effectively remove dust, pollen, dander, and other contaminants from your indoor air. Our systems work with your current HVAC system to ensure the air you and your family breathe at home won’t worsen or cause allergy symptoms or other breathing problems. We can also talk with you about dehumidifiers to eliminate unwanted moisture or humidifiers if your home is too dry.
3. Have Your Ductwork Inspected
Over time, ductwork develops cracks at the seams and fills with dust, dirt, and other contaminants — which are then circulated throughout your living area. Making sure your ductwork is pushing clean air throughout your home is critical to promoting healthy indoor air quality. The team at Excel will inspect your ductwork and recommend cleaning, sealing, or replacement as necessary.
4. Upgrade Your Ventilation System
Today’s well sealed homes may require more than the traditional bathroom fan or stove exhaust to effectively clear the air. An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) removes stale air and supplies fresh, filtered air in its place for healthier air exchange.
Excel: Your Indoor Air Quality Experts
The experts at Excel Heating and Cooling have been helping Shenandoah Valley homeowners improve the comfort and energy efficiency of their homes for over 60 years. Experience and ongoing training ensure we follow industry standards, and exceptional customer service ensures your complete satisfaction. We’re always happy to talk with you about all your home improvement options to find the solutions that work best for you and your budget.