Removing dust from home surfaces can be easy, but what about removing dust from indoor air? That’s more difficult. More than 90 percent of dust originates with people and textiles, including bedding, carpets, upholstery, clothing and other fabrics. While completely removing dust from home air isn’t possible, here are a few tips to get the upper hand:
- Keep your HVAC air filter fresh. Removing dust from home air is one of the air filter’s jobs. It naturally accumulates layers of dust and contaminants. In time, this dirt blocks airflow through your heating and cooling system and decreases the system's effectiveness. Always remember to check your air filter per the manufacturer or heating dealer's recommendation. For Greater Cleveland homeowners you can sign up for our free regular filter email reminders.
- Consider installing an electronic air purifier. These systems can work with your existing ductwork and actually attract dust by generating an electrostatic charge. These can be an excellent choice if anyone in your household suffers from allergies.
- Have your ductwork inspected for cleaning. If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in three to five years (or ever) it may be worthwhile to do so. Dust can build up inside your ductwork. Particles can be picked up by the passing airstream and circulated through your home.
- Change your bedding every week. The more often you wash your bedding, the less dust you’ll be dealing with. If you can’t toss something in the washing machine, have it dry cleaned, or take it outside, hang it up and beat it. Do the same for area rugs and cushions.
- Run the furnace blower. After cleaning your home, switch your thermostat to “fan on” for 15 minutes or so. This will circulate home air through the filter even if the furnace hasn’t cycled on.
- Persistent dust problems. If you have done everything and still have persistent dust problems, the culprit might be tied to a more structural problem within your house. Often we find direct connections to dirty attics or crawlspaces that are conduits for dust, insulation or other contaminants that continuously pollute the home. Here we need to engage more sophisticated diagnostic instruments and conduct a formal home performance assessment to uncover these more difficult issues.
Removing dust from home surfaces and air can be a challenge, but the right tools can help. Contact P.K. Wadsworth if you’re interested in improving your indoor air. Our Home Performance Assessment can also isolate causes of energy loss and poor air quality, while suggesting steps to address the issues.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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