Dust, dust, dust — it sometimes seems no matter what steps we take to prevent it, dust just happens. Whether doors and windows are open or closed, dust has a way of finding its way inside. But there are steps you can take that will help keep it in check. Read on for information on controlling dust in your home.
What Is Dust?
You might think the dust in your home is just dirt particles — that is, decayed earth — that has made its way indoors. Dust is indeed composed of minute particles of soil that are carried inside the house on our shoes, clothes and pets, and also penetrate through minute cracks in the home, but it’s more than that. It’s also composed of pet dander, decaying insect parts and feces, skin and hair flakes, pollen, plants and other substances. Some of these particles are allergens that aggravate asthma and other respiratory problems.
Controlling Dust: A Multi-faceted Strategic Plan
Your first and most important tactic should be to use a good quality, pleated air filter that will capture dust particles as air moves through the system. A low quality fiberglass filter will not do the job as well as these types. Install filters with a minimum efficiency rating value (MERV) of at least 8.
Another type of dust-defying air cleaning technology to consider is an electrostatic air cleaner or filter, which captures dust particles by means of a static charge.
- Vacuum frequently. Vacuum up dust, dirt, hair and skin particles, pet dander and pollen from carpets and upholstery. Use a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter in the vacuum. Clean the filter and vacuum frequently.
- Wash linens frequently. Your bed is a repository for dust mites, hair and skin particles, and other pollutants, so wash linens at least once a week in hot water.
- Sweep and mop floors often. Every few days, sweep floors. Follow up with a damp mop on hard surfaces.
To learn more about controlling dust, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors of Monmouth County. We’re only a phone call away at 888-502-9300.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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