You’ve probably been spending more time than usual inside your Harrisonburg or Waynesboro home this year. Since early spring, more and more homeowners and their families have been largely housebound as companies transitioned to remote work and schools closed.
People already spend as much as 90% of their time indoors, according to an estimate from the EPA, but this year it’s most likely just been your house, and if your home has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), you’ll be feeling the effects of it more by spending more time inside.
Did you know that different seasons can come with their own unique indoor air quality risks? Here’s what to watch out for this summer in the Shenandoah Valley.
Keeping Your Windows Closed = Less Natural Ventilation
It probably felt good after a cold winter to open up the windows to your home in the spring and let in some fresh air. But now that the temperatures have risen for the season, you’re likely more inclined to keep the windows shut again to keep temperatures down. This might help escape some of the summer heat, but it can lead to stale indoor air, and increased concentrations of air pollutants that stick around in your home.
Higher Temperatures = Higher Humidity
Is your house always humid in the summer? The warmer the air is, the more water it can hold and the more humid it can be. You’re much more likely to be dealing with indoor humidity issues now than in the winter, and too much moisture in the air can lead to harmful mold growth, making asthma and allergies worse and creating an unhealthy indoor environment.
Steps You Can Take for Healthier Indoor Air This Summer
Luckily, there are a number of solutions to address your summer IAQ concerns.
Upgrading or Adding a Cooling System to Your Home
Air conditioners and ductless mini split heat pumps will not only help you keep your home cool and comfortable, but a byproduct of their operation is that they remove moisture from the air as well, dehumidifying your home to safer levels and preventing mold growth.
Adding a Central Air Purifier or Filtration System
Worried about keeping the windows shut 24/7 in the summer and not getting enough ventilation? A central air purifier or filtration system can be installed right inside your ductwork, removing air pollutants like dust, pollen, VOCs, pet dander, mold, viruses and bacteria from your breathing air.
Find Out if You Need Duct Sealing
If a home air quality inspection finds that you do high concentrations of air pollutants, it could be from leaky ductwork. Getting ductwork evaluation as well as duct sealing and duct insulation when necessary can help keep air pollutants and mold out of your indoor air.
Trust Excel to Help Improve Your Indoor Air Quality All Year
Upgrading your HVAC system to address unhealthy air issues in the summer can bring you greater peace of mind when it comes to the safety of you and your family inside your home. Plus, many of the upgrades can also help improve your home’s energy efficiency, leading to lower monthly energy bills.
If you’re concerned about IAQ and are looking into testing the air quality in your home in Harrisonburg, VA or beyond, give Excel Heating and Cooling a call. Our team of indoor air quality experts can help find a solution that’s right for you.