Reducing dust in your house may seem like a never-ending task, especially when you live in a dry, desert climate. In addition to being annoying to clean, dust can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and coughing. Gaining control over the dust in your home and improving the quality of indoor air may be as simple as changing the way you clean to regularly maintaining your heating and cooling system.
Reducing Dust Levels in Your Home
- Change the filters: Heating and cooling units have filters that you should regularly replace or clean according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Check the vent: Your clothes dryer should vent hot air outside. Inspect the vent to ensure that it does and look for problems like obstructions caused by lint or damage and holes in the duct. Hire a professional service to clean the dryer duct annually.
- Schedule an HVAC inspection: Hire a professional to inspect your system and set up an HVAC maintenance plan.
- Start a no-shoes rule: Shoes track in dust and debris. Having everyone leave their shoes at the door is highly effective at reducing dust.
- Get rid of your feather duster: Dusters don’t do a good job at capturing dust. Instead, they pick it up and spread it. When dusting your home, use an electrostatic cloth or a moist cotton rag.
- Close the windows and doors: While you may have a screen over the entrances to your home, dust particles are small enough to pass through the mesh.
- Schedule a duct inspection and repair: Air leaks in your ductwork can introduce dust into your home and make your HVAC unit inefficient. Have the ductwork inspected every three to five years and repair any issues the pros find.
- Take it outside: Empty the canister or remove the bag in your vacuum cleaner outside.
- Beat it: Take large cushions and rugs outside and beat them to shake out settled-in dust.
To learn more about reducing dust in your home and ductwork inspections, contact Wolf Mechanical at 602-814-0004. We’ve served Phoenix, Scottsdale and the central Arizona area for over 20 years.
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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