Dust is relentless, and no matter how often you clean, it will eventually return to every surface in your home. Luckily, there are some measures you can take to reduce dust buildup, so you can go longer in between cleanings. Here are five to get you started:
Dust is comprised of a number of different particles, including dead skin cells, cloth fibers, pet dander, pollen and dust mites. For many, it’s just an eye sore, but for those with allergies, asthma, or compromised immune systems, it can trigger a more uncomfortable reaction, including wheezing, watery or itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny nose.
Easy Ways to Reduce Dust Buildup
Limit your exposure to household dust with these five tips:
- Clean smarter, not harder. Wipe horizontal surfaces with a microfiber or electrostatic cloth to trap particles rather than spread them around. Then, shake the cloth outdoors when full.
- Control indoor humidity levels. High humidity is the perfect breeding ground for dust mites and mold. Periodically check your relative indoor humidity using an inexpensive hygrometer, which can be found at most hardware stores. Aim to keep levels below 50 percent with whole-house dehumidifier or air conditioner.
- Change your air filter. A dirty filter is unable to trap particulate, allowing it to recirculate throughout your home. Inspect your filter once a month and change it as needed.
- Switch to hard flooring. Carpet fibers cab trap dirt, dust and pollen, releasing particles into the air each time you step on the ground. Consider replacing your carpets with hardwood or tiles, especially in bedrooms and other high traffic areas.
- Seal your ducts. Leaky ductwork not only decreases the efficiency of your heating and cooling system, it can also draw in dust, mold and other particulate from areas, such as your basement and attic. Check for any leaks, sealing holes with duct mastic or foil backed tape, not duct tape.
For more tips on how to reduce dust buildup, give us a call at Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been serving homeowners in Peachtree City and the surrounding areas since 2001.
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