Love is in the air — and so are germs if your home has poor indoor air quality. Many homeowners here in Harrisonburg and Elkton are unaware that the air in their home can have a significant impact on their overall physical health. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency ranks poor indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental health threats. If you want you and your family to stay healthier year-round, it’s important to make sure your indoor air is clean and free of germs.
Symptoms of Poor Indoor Air Quality
You can’t exactly take a magnifying glass to the air in your home, so detecting poor indoor air quality can be difficult. Often, your physical health is the first thing to tell you that something is wrong with your indoor air. Health symptoms associated with poor indoor air include itchy eyes, a runny nose, a sore or scratchy throat, coughing while indoors, and worsened symptoms of asthma or other respiratory issues.
What’s Harming Your Air Quality
A number of factors can contribute to poor indoor air quality, so if you think the air in your home may be contaminated, it’s important to have your indoor air assessed by a licensed professional. An IAQ expert will look for issues such as:
- Poor or inadequate ventilation
- Mold growth and moisture issues
- Malfunctioning heating or cooling equipment
- Leaky ductwork
- Off-gassing from building or furnishing materials
Healthier Indoor Air with Excel
At Excel, we install some of the best products on the market to help Virginia homeowners enjoy healthier indoor air, including whole-house air purification, filtration, humidification, and ventilation systems.
Air filtration systems clean indoor air by removing pollutants such as dust, bacteria, and mold. They are especially effective for people who suffer from allergies or other health problems related to IAQ. Air purification systems, meanwhile, use UV-C light and activated carbon to sterilize mold, bacteria, viruses, and allergens which may be lurking in indoor air.
For homes with dry indoor air, a humidification system can work with your existing HVAC equipment to maintain safe and healthy humidity levels. For homes with moisture issues, a ventilating dehumidifier can remove unwanted moisture from the air while providing fresh air ventilation.
Energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) are another excellent solution for cleaner and fresher indoor air. An ERV removes contaminated or stale air from the home and replaces it with fresh, filtered air from outside. This is a far better solution than opening your windows, which could invite dust, pollen, and other allergens into your home.