Household dust can cause all sorts of problems around your home. Sniffling, sneezing and watery eyes are common side effects of people who suffer from allergies. Dust may also collect in your HVAC system and reduce heating and cooling efficiency. Moreover, how much extra house cleaning do you do all because of dust? Controlling dust is the solution to these problems, and following are some great tips!
Cleaning Tips for Controlling Dust
Like it or not, dust is everywhere. It’s on your furnishings, electronics, draperies, counter tops, clothing, bedding and more. Cleaning the right way is the key to dust control.
- Use a microfiber sweeper and a vacuum with a HEPA filter to clean flooring.
- Microfiber cloths are great for wiping surfaces, too (no dusters or dry cloths).
- Beat cushions and rugs outdoors once a month.
- Wipe air vents of dust.
- Keep your closets organized and clean. Store out-of-season clothes in storage bins.
- Wash bedding often.
- If you have pets, groom them regularly.
- Implement a “no shoes” policy in your home and place a shoe rack by the door.
HVAC Tips for Controlling Dust
Your HVAC’s first line of defense for controlling dust is the furnace filter. So, choose a good one and check it regularly. If you allow the filter to become clogged, you waste energy and defeat the purpose of reducing dust in your home.
If there are people in your home that suffer from respiratory ailments, such as COPA, asthma or allergies, you may want to increase your dust-control efforts with a whole-house air cleaner. These devices use various technologies, such as electrostatic, UV light and media filtration, to remove a high percentage of dust and many other airborne contaminants from your home.
Finally, don’t forget about HVAC maintenance. Ask your HVAC technician to check your air ducts for dust and dirt build up. Your furnace coil should be cleaned to prevent possible contamination of equipment and the living spaces.
To learn more about controlling dust using your HVAC system, please contact Elite AirSM today. We’ve provided central New Jersey residents HVAC and IAQ solutions since 1986!