Have you noticed that your home is dustier than usual and you’re not sure what to do about it? Excess dust can lead to poor indoor air quality and is especially bothersome to those who suffer from allergies. Your home should be as comfortable as possible and if you’re experiencing more dust than normal, it’s important to remedy the situation!
Determining the source of this dust is the first step towards finding a solution. You might be surprised to find out that your HVAC system could actually be the main source of dust spreading throughout your home. If that’s the case, our experts here at Bertie Heating & Air Conditioning have some easy fixes to make sure the air that flows throughout your home is clean and debris-free. Read below to check out our top five ways to keep dust out of your home!
One of the most likely causes of dust in your home can be linked to dirty AC filters, and luckily it is one of the easiest to remedy. The filter you use for your system is meant to act as a major line of defense for your home when it comes to dust and other air pollutants. If you aren’t changing your filter often enough, it will get saturated with dirt and dust and stop working properly, allowing dust to flow freely through your home.
If you’re not sure what kind of filter to use or how often to change it, ask your Bertie Heating & Air Conditioning technician on your next service visit. They’ll be sure to give you the best advice possible and get you set up with everything you’ll need.
It may seem ironic, but your vacuum cleaner could actually be one of the leading causes of spreading dust around your home. If the vacuum you’ve been using isn’t compatible with the flooring in your home or if it isn’t functioning properly, it could be missing significant amounts of dust and debris. Instead of sucking these things up, it may be scattering it through the air around your home.
Find a vacuum with HEPA filters, and be sure to change them at least every six months. There are countless options for vacuum cleaners, many of which are affordable and will likely be well worth the price when you notice less and less dust throughout your home.
Take some time to inspect the doors and windows around your house. If there are any cracks or gaps leading to the outdoors, there are key opportunities for dust, dirt, and pollen to enter your home. Adding weatherstripping around these openings is a great way to eliminate this excess dust.
What many people don’t realize, though, is that gaps and cracks around windows and doors are not the only sources of dust in your home. One of the major sources of air infiltration comes from attics and walls. Excess dust can come from shelving attached to your walls and the openings of recessed lights in your ceiling. Having an HVAC professional test your home for air leaks will help you understand where the dust is coming from and how to combat it.
Dust is dry and tends to culminate in areas with low humidity. Nobody wants a noticeably humid or damp home, but if you have noticed the air inside your home seems significantly drier than usual it could be the cause of dust. Using a humidifier within your home allows you to keep the humidity at the level you want, and having some extra moisture in the air can help eliminate dust.
Keep in mind, if your home is unusually dry and dusty, it could be a sign of HVAC issues and you should call your AC contractor to have your system checked for damages!
The leading cause for dusty homes is leaking air ducts. Central AC ductwork can be found in your home’s crawl space, walls, and attic. These ducts can be difficult to access, making it challenging to determine if leaks are the cause of excess dust.
If you’ve experience any of these, it may be time to ask your Bertie Heating & Air Conditioning technician about our duct sealing services. Duct sealing protects your home from issues that comes from leaking or damaged ducts, and it can extend the life of your system. Properly functioning ducts means less opportunities for dust to slip through the cracks!
At Bertie, we’re HVAC experts. Our service technicians know how to check your home for signs of leaks and insufficiencies that may be causing dust and debris to flow through your system. We understand the importance of a happy and healthy home, and we know excess dust can be a major obstacle in achieving that. Give our team a call today and let us help create the clean environment you hope for in your home!