Dust in your home can trigger indoor allergies, clog air filters, cause buildup on A/C coils and lower your system’s efficiency. And while dust isn’t entirely avoidable, you can reduce buildup in your Warren home by using the following tips:
- Know where dust comes from. The average American home accumulates a lot of dust throughout the year – about 40 pounds between January and December! While some dust particles may be produced by shed skin cells, dander, food particulates and dirt, a lot also comes from clothing, upholstery and other fiber sources.
- Vacuum regularly. It’s best to include a HEPA filter in your vacuum to make sure it’s pulling in and capturing dust instead of just stirring it up around your home. Vacuuming your home’s furniture and carpet can help keep everything clean.
- Balance your humidity. When your indoor air is too dry, furnishings and upholstery tend to shed more fibers. However, when humidity is too high, dust mites – small insects which feed on dust, and whose droppings are common allergy triggers – can thrive. Use humidifiers and dehumidifiers to keep humidity at an optimal range.
- Keep your living areas tidy. If you have a lot of nooks and crannies that aren’t easily cleaned, dust will naturally gather and accumulate in these areas.
- Change your furnace air filter every month. Your air filter protects your HVAC equipment from dust buildup, which can become clogged overtime. A clogged filter can impede the circulation of air through your home, resulting in dirtier air.
If you want to learn more about how to reduce dust buildup in your home and how to manage other indoor allergies, call Aladdin Heating & Cooling in the Warren area today!
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Warren, Michigan about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about dust and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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