Dealing with dust

Dealing with dust

Any home you walk into is bound to be filled with lots of work to do. Think of a chore, chances are it needs to be done whether it’s dishes, laundry and vacuuming even to the dreaded task of dusting. These duties are unavoidable, but some feel like you’re doing them more than other.

That’s usually always the case when it comes to dusting.

Are you finding that your house has become a dust magnet? Well today, you’re in luck. We’re here to discuss why the dust happens and what you can do about it. After all, not only does dust create an unpleasant aesthetic, it can also adversely affect your health. Here are some HVAC-related, simple and effective tips to help you deal with less dust. Let’s jump right in!

Set traps for the dust

We’re not asking you to be Elmer Fud here, but the truth is that most dust in homes in places like Florida begins with your HVAC system. More specifically – that place is your air filter. Air filters keep most of the dust in your home out of the air and prevents it from spreading. That being said, a dirty filter can do the opposite. As such, it’s up to you to make sure you’re checking to make sure this filter is doing its job to trap all that nasty dog hair, dust, and other nastiness in the filter itself – and that it’s clean.

It’s important to remember that not all filters are created equal, so make sure you’re inspecting them on a routine basis and changing them when needed. It’s a quick fix that you can do yourself – and do so affordably.

Make sure there’s no leaks

One of the most common culprits for spreading excess dust is your duct work. Sometimes, they’ll develop small gaps due to a variety of reasons ranging from damage and poor workmanship to simple old age. They particular occur in more ‘hostile’ areas of your home like your basement or attic. Whatever the reason it’s caused – it can leak dust, cause dust to not filter correctly and the like.

With this in mind, make sure you’re inspecting your ductwork whenever possible. If you’re doing your laundry – do a quick walkthrough. It can take 3-5 minutes. Small leaks can be simply repaired with duct tape (now you know why it gets its name!) but for more serious gaps, you’ll want to call in a professional.

Keeping moisture in the air

We’ve been talking a lot about humidity lately and dust is a big part of the reason why. Dust flows more freely in dry air and not as freely when there’s humidity in the air. If you’ve noticed that your home has become a magnet for lots of dust, then be sure to consider adding a high quality humidifier to your home.

 

If you’re struggling with dust and are looking for someone who can help you overcome the issue, we’re happy to give a free consultation and help you solve your problem. Keep that air clean and good luck!