Dusting your home is one of those things. No matter how consistently you practice this household chore, you’re going to have to do it again, and again. The dust will continue to come. Unfortunately for allergy sufferers, dust is inevitable, but there are ways to prevent it from accumulating so quickly in your home. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few of the causes and some solutions.
Air filters are one of those things that everyone knows you should change, but very few do. Some people even say they’ve NEVER replaced a filter! What you may not realize is that this can increase the dust in your home. It can even get so bad that your A/C evaporator coils get dusty, that will send dusty air throughout your home.
IMPORTANT: If your filters seem clean, but your furniture is dusty, that could mean you’re not using the proper type of filter. You might need air filters with a higher MERV rating. They’ll need to be changed out frequently, but you’ll notice the difference as they collect dust when it comes through the vent.
It’s also important to change your filters when they clog up with dust. Not doing so can be bad for your HVAC unit…and your electric bill!
Vacuuming cleans your carpet but you’re kicking up dust as you go, spreading it around your house. We’re not telling you to not vacuum; just consider that it will make your home a little more dusty every time you do. Many newer vacuum models have great features to help reduce the spread of dust. If the vacuum has a HEPA filter, you’re on the right track. HEPA stands for “High-Efficiency Particulate Rate” and means the dust will stay in the vacuum instead of getting out!
Of course, hardwood or tile floors will retain less dust than carpet – especially that shag-style from the 60s and 70s.
AIR DUCT LEAKS
Your dust problem could also be something hidden in your attic. Tears or leaks in your duct system could allow dust from the attic to seep into your airflow and land in your living space. Rooms that are warmer or cooler than others could be an indicator of air duct leaks.
HOW WE CAN HELP
City Plumbing does more than just plumbing! We can run a pressure test on your ducts to determine where the air is escaping or dust is getting in. If you are ready to make an appointment, give us a call at 432-366-2401. Give us a call, and we’ll come running!