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Got Allergies? How’s Your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)?


Spring is just around the corner and although it brings many good things, allergy sufferers often dread its arrival. It’s hard to enjoy the longer days and the warmer temperatures when you’re dealing with itchy, watery eyes and constant sniffling and sneezing. 

Most allergy sufferers have decided to just put up with the symptoms, thinking there’s little they can do to make their allergies better.

That’s where we come in. It’s time to take a serious look at your indoor air quality in Culpeper, VA to determine if it’s contributing to the worsening of your allergy symptoms. Read on to learn how poor IAQ affects allergies and the whole-house systems that can improve your home’s IAQ.

Is My Indoor Air Really That Bad?

Some homeowners are confused by the purpose of their HVAC system’s air filter. This filter is meant to keep your HVAC system’s internal working parts free of dirt, dust, and debris. It has little effect on your home’s indoor air quality.

Another misconception is that the air outside of your home is worse than the air inside your home. Unfortunately, this just isn’t always true. Studies have shown that the air inside many homes is actually worse than the air outside. 

That’s because your home is designed to be airtight and energy efficient. There’s nowhere for the pollutants to go unless you routinely open your doors and windows. Your home is also a source of pollutants. Check out this list of common indoor air pollutants.

  • Bacteria and viruses
  • Paint, paint thinner, turpentine
  • Cleaning supplies and household chemicals
  • Pests such as mice and cockroaches and their feces
  • Pesticides and fertilizers
  • Dust mites and dust
  • Mold and mold spores
  • Pet and human dander
  • Secondhand smoke and wood-burning smoke
  • Volatile Organic Compounds

Air Filtration and Air Purifier Systems

Not sure if your home would benefit from a whole-house air filtration installation or an air purification system? The answer is, it depends. You might need one or the other or a combination of both. 

A whole house filtration system does exactly what its name implies. It filters the air in your entire home and blocks up to 99% of household pollutants.

A whole house air purifier is also aptly named. This device takes an extra step by removing the pollutants from the air and then sanitizing them. 

The pollutants that are sanitized by a whole house air purifier depend on the type of air purifier system that you have installed.

UV air purifiers use UV light to inactivate airborne pathogens and micro

organisms such as mold spores, bacteria, and viruses.

Electronic air purifiers zap pollutants in the air with a static charge through the process of ionization. The pollutants are then trapped on collector plates which can be cleaned by the homeowner.

There are a number of options available when it comes to air filtration and purification. From basic electronic air purifiers to UV air purifiers—also called UV germicidal lights—we have all the solutions that you need to breathe easier at home–literally.

Do you want more information on our air filtration or air purification services? Reach out to the team whose motto is “Excellence in Everything We Do!”

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