Fighting dust in the home is a never-ending battle, but with the proper preventive tactics, you can reduce household dust and create a healthy space with excellent indoor air quality. With the right equipment and a dedicated maintenance schedule, uncomfortable dust allergies can become a thing of the past.
Change the HVAC System’s Air Filter
Change the filter in your HVAC system at least once every two months. If your home has a lot of dust, you may want to change the filter as often as once a month. A clean air filter will capture more dust while offering the added benefit of better energy efficiency. Twice-yearly preventive maintenance of your HVAC system will keep other parts clean and dust-free as well.
Use a Vacuum With a HEPA Filter
HEPA vacuum filters capture 99.97 percent of particles that are 0.3 microns or larger. These are the most efficient filters on the market and an ideal choice for individuals with a dust allergy. Even if you don’t opt for a HEPA filter, you should still change or clean the vacuum filter often to make sure it’s capturing dust as efficiently as possible.
Dampen Cleaning Supplies
Dry rags are inefficient at capturing dust. Instead, dust with a damp cloth. The same principle is true for hard floors. A dry mop only moves dust around the home, while one that’s even marginally damp will catch dust so you can remove it from your home.
Take It Outside
Take area rugs and furniture cushions outside to clean them. There you can shake the rugs and beat the cushions thoroughly without raising a cloud of dust that will only settle around the room again. Perform this job three or four times a year to keep dust at bay.
For more information about how you can improve indoor air quality and reduce household dust, contact us at Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions. We’ve proudly serviced the Orlando area since 1969.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about reducing dust and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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