Dust collects in every home no matter what. This is because over 90 percent of the dust that collects in our homes comes from people and fabric. A dusty house not only feels dirty and uncomfortable, but it can also cause issues for anyone that suffers from allergies, asthma, or respiratory illnesses, which means that you’ll want to reduce household dust as much as possible. The following are a few ways that you can reduce household dust:
Cleaning Tips to Reduce Household Dust
- Organize your closet – Because of all the tiny fibers on your clothes, closets tend to be a huge source of dust. Consider keeping some of your things stored in boxes or bags. We recommend the use of clear plastic bins so that you can see what each bin contains. These bins will keep fibers locked in, thereby keeping dust from gathering inside your closet.
- Change your bedding weekly – Your bedding is a big dust distributor because it not only sheds its own fibers, it also collects skin flakes. By washing all of your sheets and pillowcases once a week, you’ll reduce the amount of dust that they produce.
- Use the proper cleaning supplies – A common mistake that people make is to use dry rags or feather dusters in an attempt to dust their homes. All this accomplishes is to spread dust around. You should use damp rags or cloths that have an electrostatic charge to capture dust.
- Beat your rugs – Your rugs absorb dust like a sponge, which means that whenever you take a step, dust is sent into the air. Take your rugs outside and hang them on a fence or clothesline, then beat them using a tennis racket or a broom to help remove the dust outside. You can do the same thing with your cushions.
- Upgrade your furnace filter – Filters help to trap the dust that’s circulating in your air and to prevent it from spreading throughout your house. Consider having an electrostatic filter professionally installed. An electrostatic filter is different than standard filters in that it attracts dust like a magnet.
Upgrade Your Furnace Filter
By filtering the air, your forced-air heating or cooling system helps control dust in your home. While a standard fiberglass filter protects your furnace from large dust particles and ensures maximum airflow, it does little to reduce household dust. The more expensive pleated filters usually provide a good balance between cost and filtration efficiency. 80 to 95 percent of particles 5 microns and larger are captured by these filters.
Use these methods in order to reduce household dust, and contact us at Daffy Ducts for help with cleaning out the dust from your ducts.