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Is the Air in Your Home Making You Sick?
November 5, 2018
Ever had a respiratory issue that just wouldn’t seem to go away? Or perhaps a skin reaction that you couldn’t pinpoint the cause of? Usually, we chalk these types of issues up to outdoor allergens or a bug that’s going around; but what if the cause of your symptoms is actually hiding in your home’s air?
What Could Be Lurking in Your Indoor Air
Though you can’t see them, there could be all sorts of allergens and pollutants floating around in the air that you and your family breathe on a daily basis. Common airborne contaminants include:
Dust and pet dander
Dirt and pollen
Bacteria and viruses
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Some of these contaminants seep into homes through air leaks. Others, such as carbon monoxide, are released by malfunctioning combustion equipment like a furnace or natural gas stove. VOCs, meanwhile, emanate from everyday household furnishings like carpeting and drapes.
Symptoms of Poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Not sure if these kinds of contaminants are in your indoor air? You can often identify them by the allergy or asthma like symptoms they cause.
Ask yourself if any members of your family seem to be getting sick more often than usual. Is anyone suffering from frequent headaches, dizziness, or nausea? What about respiratory issues like wheezing and shortness of breath? Any dry and itchy eyes, fatigue, or excessive sneezing?
If you or anyone in your family is experiencing symptoms that cannot be explained by seasonal allergies or a common illness, it could be a sign that it’s time to do something about your IAQ!
Solutions for Healthy Indoor Air
So far, all of this probably sounds dismal, but the good news is that there are simple solutions for health indoor air quality. As IAQ experts serving the Shenandoah Valley, we recommend air filtration and purification as well as proper home ventilation.
Air filtration & purification
An air filtration system removes harmful particulates from the air, such as dust, dirt, pollen, and mold, using high performance air filters. An air purification system takes things a step further and kills viruses, bacteria, and other germs using UV light. Both work hand in hand with your heating and cooling systems.
Ventilation removes stale, stuffy indoor air and replaces it with fresh air from the outdoors. We often install ventilating dehumidifiers, which offer ventilation while also removing excess moisture from the air. We also install ERVs and HRVs which provide energy efficient, whole-home ventilation.
Excel: The Shenandoah Valley’s IAQ Experts
Whether you’re feeling the symptoms of poor IAQ inside your own home, or you simply want to improve your IAQ for family members who suffer from allergies, talk to the team at Excel. We take pride in helping homeowners make their homes not only comfortable but also efficient and healthy.