Dust is a major contributor to poor indoor air quality, and it can cause more than just sneezing and wheezing. If any members of your household suffer from allergies or asthma, they will likely experience worsened symptoms if you don’t take steps to boost dust control. High levels of dust also attract dust mites, which just add to the problem.
Busting dust is necessary if you want to enjoy clean, healthy indoor air. With that in mind, here are seven tips to help boost dust control in your home:
- Change your furnace filter. You should change your furnace filter seasonally, but upgrading it to a HEPA filter will go a long way toward boosting dust control.
- Beat it out. Take sofa cushions, throw rugs, area rugs and pillows outside and beat them to release dust that’s trapped in the fabric.
- Capture the dust. Feather dusters just move dust from one place to another instead of actually getting rid of it. You’re better off using moist cloths and chamois to actually trap and capture the dust.
- Vacuum properly. Invest in a vacuum that has a quality agitator, and be sure to use the correct attachments for the type of surface you’re vacuuming.
- Change your bedding. At least once per week, you should wash and change your bed sheets, pillowcases and comforter.
- Use your furnace blower. Your HVAC system has a built-in way to help you “vacuum the air,” so to speak. Check your thermostat for a setting marked “fan on.” After you vacuum, let the fan run for about a quarter of a hour; this will help remove dust particles that were released when you vacuumed and dusted.
- Add an air purifier. Use a HEPA air purifier in bedrooms and living rooms.
At Smoky Mountain Heating & Air, we recognize how important indoor air quality is to your long-term health. If you would like to take advantage of the wide range of products and services we offer to help you improve indoor air quality, please contact us and we’ll happily assist you.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about dust control and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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