In an area with a very dry climate, such as Phoenix, a constant fight with dust can seem inevitable. Unfortunately, many people suffer from allergies to dust mites and pet dander that can accumulate indoors if dust is not taken care of. Though this may seem like a losing battle in many Southwestern homes, there are a number of simple things that can be done to reduce household dust and alleviate allergy symptoms.
Though many of us may feel overwhelmed by the prospect, routine sweeping, dusting and vacuuming is an effective way of reducing dust in your home. Use a high-quality vacuum, and make sure the cleaning tools you’re using for dusting will actually pick up and trap the dust, rather than simply moving it around. Washing or shaking out blankets, furniture covers and sheets often will keep dust from settling on fabrics, and investing in allergen covers for pillows and mattresses will keep these items from absorbing dust. Houseplants can also help improve air quality, as will getting rid of any knick-knacks or small decorations that catch and harbor dust.
You may have noticed a lot of dust floating through the air in your home, no matter how much cleaning you do. On a sunny afternoon, watch the dust swirling in the sunlight coming through your west windows. Dust is composed of very small, lightweight particles, and any breeze or movement sends these particles airborne. This means that one of the most effective ways to get rid of dust is through your HVAC system’s air filter. Get in the habit of inspecting the filter monthly and changing when it begins to clog with dirt and dust. Even when you don’t need heating or cooling, run your forced-air equipment on “fan only” to get air moving through the filter.
Please contact us at Wolff Mechanical for more information on improving the air quality in your Central Arizona home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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