Why 2020 is the Year to Take Your Indoor Air Quality Seriously

man sneezing at home surrounded by dust
April 7, 2020

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is one of the most important components of a home, but it’s one of the most commonly neglected by homeowners. In our opinion, that’s because it can be hard to make the connection between the symptoms you’re experiencing and the actual root problems.

In light of ongoing coronavirus developments, it’s likely that you and your neighbors in the Shenandoah Valley will be spending an increased amount of time at your house in the immediate future. That means that you’ll be putting more wear and tear on your heating and cooling systems, which will affect the quality of your indoor air.

Let’s learn more about the symptoms of poor IAQ, and the best ways to keep your indoor air clean this year.

How Do I Know if I Have Poor IAQ?

Sometimes, there will be obvious signs in your home that your air quality could be improved. If your house smells stale, or if you actually see mold growing in the corners of certain rooms, you likely have a problem. But more often than not, it’s your body that will be giving you warning signals. Common physical symptoms of IAQ in your home include:

  • Coughing or sneezing

  • Headaches or nausea

  • Allergy-like symptoms

  • Fatigue, shortness of breath, or dizziness

  • Dryness or irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat

Most homeowners who are suffering from these issues are unlikely to think the problem could be due to the indoor air they’re breathing!

Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Excel Heating & Cooling offers a number of IAQ solutions for your home, including:

Air purification and filtration systems clean and purify indoor air, and can also help stabilize humidity levels in your home. One of the most popular is a UV light air purifier, which is installed in your central ductwork system and can kill airborne pathogens, viruses, bacteria and mold traveling through your central air.

HRVs and ERVs are ventilation systems that help ensure that fresh outdoor air is cycled into your home without wasting heat from your furnace or heat pump.

Your central ductwork system can be ground zero for the buildup of mold, dust, and other air pollutants that can make their way into the air you’re breathing. Ductwork evaluation, which could include duct cleaning as well as sealing up any air leaks in your ductwork and addressing any ductwork insulation issues, can help ensure that your circulating air is helping contribute to a healthy home.

Finally, comfort controls go far beyond simple adjustments to your home’s temperature, and can help you stay on top of your indoor air quality, so that you can feel confident that your home is safe and healthy for you and your family.

Take Advantage of Excel’s Free UV Air Purifier, and Schedule Home Maintenance This Spring

For a limited time, all new HVAC system installations from Excel will come with a free UV air purifier, letting you enjoy not only new high efficiency operation, but cleaner indoor air for years and years to come.

And don’t forget about seasonal maintenance calls. Spring and fall, before the cooling and heating seasons really kick into gear, are the perfect times to have a qualified HVAC technician inspect and test to make sure that your Harrisonburg or Elkton home will be comfortable, healthy, and as energy efficient as possible all year-long. Sign up for Excel’s Comfort Club membership today to save money and make home comfort a hassle-free experience.

We’re the HVAC company in VA that homeowners can trust for air quality services like duct cleaning, air purification, and more. Call (540) 870-0423 or contact us today to get started.

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