Can Dust Buildup Really Harm Your Health?

Can Dust Buildup Really Harm Your Health?Wherever you find humans, you’ll find dust. Consisting of dead skin, hair, soil and other particles throughout your home, dust can quickly settle on every surface. It’s also very unsightly and can significantly degrade indoor air quality. Here are some dust buildup dangers and how to deal with them in your Peachtree City home.

Allergies and Respiratory Symptoms

Dust mites are tiny arachnids that live inside household dust and are a common allergy trigger. Dust may also contain mold, pollen and anything else that gets tracked into your home. If you frequently experience sneezing, watery eyes, itching and sore throat while you’re at home, dust is a very likely culprit.

Infection Risk and Toxic Particles

In sensitive individuals, dust may increase the risk of respiratory infection, eye irritation and other such issues. Dust is an accumulation of all types of particles. and may include toxic substances such as:

  • Flame retardants from furniture
  • Pesticides and herbicides from lawns or gardens
  • Toxic residue from household cleaners
  • Chemicals shed from beauty products

As dust buildup gets worse, you may start breathing in more and more of these toxic chemicals, taking even greater health risks.

Reducing the Dangers of Dust Buildup

Effective cleaning is important for dust control, but as any frustrated housekeeper knows, it can’t stop here. You should wipe hard surfaces with a damp microfiber cloth, wash curtains and bedding frequently and avoid using toxic cleaning products. Never use a feather duster, as they can throw dust back into the air instead of removing it. You should also vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture with a HEPA-filtered machine.

Don’t forget to check your HVAC filters regularly and to clean any cracks or crevices before caulking them to eliminate dust traps. Finally, take off your shoes before entering your home, so you don’t track in every particle the outdoors has to offer.

For more advice on how dust buildup can affect your health and comfort, contact Powers Heating & Air. Our expert team offers professional HVAC services to homeowners in Peachtree City and the surrounding areas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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