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Indoor Air Quality in the Fall: What You Need to Know
December 3, 2018
Many of us in the Shenandoah Valley are familiar with the struggle of spring allergies—the watering eyes, runny nose, itchy throat, and sneezing. These allergy and asthma-like symptoms can follow you into fall, and it’s not necessarily due to pollen.
There are a number of reasons your home can become a trigger for allergies during the fall season. Find out what makes fall a troublesome time for many with allergies, and what you can do to make your house a healthier space for you and your family.
What Could Be Causing Your Fall Allergy Symptoms
Many people find themselves asking what’s making them sneeze during the fall, without realizing the culprit could be inside their own homes. Dust has a tendency to collect in ductwork; mold quickly multiplies in high moisture areas; and if you open your windows at all during the fall, outside allergens like ragweed and mold (which grows on damp leaves) are certainly seeping in. It’s no wonder so many of us feel like it’s springtime all over again during the fall!
Plus, as temperatures get colder, you and your family will likely be spending more and more time indoors — and that means more exposure to indoor allergens. So, how can you improve your indoor air quality (IAQ) as the temperatures drop?
How to Boost Your IAQ in the Fall
If you want to have a truly healthy home, it’s important to take a whole home approach to improving indoor air quality. Key steps we recommend for better IAQ include:
Get Air Purification
Do dust, pet dander, and other contaminants seem to circulate throughout your house every time the heating system kicks on? Air filtration system or air purification system will remove even more airborne allergens than your HVAC equipment does alone. These are great options to consider if anyone in the family has allergies.
It may be tempting to open your windows to “let some fresh air in,” but doing so can introduce even more contaminants into your home. (It can also waste valuable energy if your heating system is running.) Ventilation using an HRV or ERV will ensure that your house has a continuous supply of fresh, filtered air from the outside, without the outside temperatures.
Install a Dehumidifier
Are you seeing moisture collecting on the inside of your windows during the winter? That’s a sure sign that there’s too much moisture in the house — and that there’s likely mold growing somewhere else. Many homes here in the Harrisonburg and Elkton areas can benefit from the installation of a dehumidifier, which keeps indoor humidity at a safe and healthy level. A ventilating dehumidifier is a great option if your home needs both ventilation and dehumidification.
Start Improving Your IAQ with Excel
Making your indoor air clean and healthy may seem like an impossible feat, but it’s simple with the experts at Excel. We help homeowners in the Harrisonburg and Elkton areas discover which home upgrades will be most effective at improving indoor air quality, so they can make targeted improvements for greater overall home health.