Get That Dust Problem Under Control!

Get That Dust Problem Under Control!Dust contains many substances and most of these, including dust mites and pollen, cause allergic responses in many people. This is why a dusty home leads to poor air quality and discomfort. Here are ways to control a dust problem in the home.

Use the Right HVAC Filter

Cheap mesh air filters might keep some dust out of your HVAC units, but for better indoor air quality you should choose better filters. Use pleated filters instead. These are made from denser material and have a larger surface area to trap more dust.

Reduce Outdoor Air Infiltration

Opening windows or ignoring air leaks from outdoors allows a lot of dust and other contaminants to enter the home. Keep windows closed and seal your home. To discover all hidden air leaks, consider scheduling an energy audit. Part of this involves testing the structure for air leaks.

Use a Quality Vacuum Cleaner

Some vacuum cleaners have poor suction and inadequate filtration systems. For the best dust control, use vacuums with strong suction and HEPA filters. Vacuum the whole home every week and don’t forget the upholstery and other textiles that easily collect dust.

Leave Shoes at the Door

By leaving your shoes at the door when you come inside, you avoid tracking in dust, germs, and other unwanted materials. Keep a pair of slippers or other indoor footwear nearby so you can easily switch shoes.

Use the Right Dusting and Sweeping Methods

Dusting with dry cloths and sweeping with dry brooms only spreads dust around. Use a spray bottle to dampen your dust cloths before dusting and look for better sweeping tools designed to keep dust down. One idea is to use a hard-surface stick vacuum to collect dry debris and then follow with damp mopping.

Use Air Cleaners

Portable air cleaners with HEPA filtration can improve air quality a great deal in small spaces such as bedrooms. Alternatively, consider a whole-house air filtration system.

For more about handling a dust problem in your Middletown-area home, please contact us at C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about dust and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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