Controlling Dust in Your House

Controlling Dust in Your HouseIt seems no matter how tightly constructed homes are, dust finds its way inside. Whether it’s through tiny cracks and crevices, or as a passenger on our clothes, shoes and pets, it seems to be discouragingly persistent so that we’re always dusting, sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming. Despite the effort, controlling dust is important. Here’s why.

Why Worry About Dust?

Dust is certainly unsightly, but it can also diminish indoor air quality. Some persons are even allergic to dust, and require rather stringent remedial measures to keep it from causing health issues.

The problem with dust is that it’s not just flakes of degraded soil. Dust is in fact made up of a number of substances, some of which people (and even pets) may be allergic to: dust mites, insect particles and feces, pet and human skin and hair flakes and pollen. Dust can also provide a haven for dust mites.

Controlling Dust

The best course for keeping dust under control is vigilance. Follow these steps.

1. Vacuum upholstery and carpets frequently with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. Keep the filter clean.

2. Dust with a microfiber cloth (feather dusters just move dust around).

3. Sweep tile floors, following up with a damp mop.

4. Take off shoes at the door.

5. Caulk around windows and doors to seal up cracks where dust may be working its way inside the home. Install door sweeps that reach the floor.

6. Install a good quality, pleated HVAC filter rated at least MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) 8-12. A cheap fiberglass filter will do little to trap dust particles that may be recirculating in your home’s conditioned air.

7. Change your bed linens at least once a week, washing them in hot water.

8. Take cushions and rugs outdoors and beat them with an old broom handle to remove dust, at least every three or four months.

9. Go over walls and baseboards with a microfiber cloth every few months.

To learn more about controlling dust, contact Cool Power of Long Island. We’ve served the Hauppauge area since 1976.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about controlling dust and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.

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