why is my house always so dusty
Feels like youБre wasting your time, right? As soon as you finish dusting, you have to dust again! But you keep dusting because you donБt want nasty generating allergens in your home. So what causes a home to be super dusty? Here are 3 common causes and what you can do about them. 1) Vacuum cleaning a carpet floor Carpets are harbors of dust and, therefore, dust mites. Most homeowners thinking vacuum cleaning gets rid of this problem, but it can actually make it worse. б
According to a study by the Queensland University of Technology, БBoth vacuum cleaning and the act of vacuuming can release and re-suspend dust and allergens, leading to increased exposure. Б Solution : You could either switch to a hardwood floor (if youБve always dreamed about it, now you have an excuse! ), or you could get a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA rated filter. БHEPAБ stands for Бhigh efficiency particulate air. Б To be rated as such it need to catch all particles. 3 microns in size or larger at an efficiency level of 99. 97%. HereБs a to get you started. 2) Cheap air filters Thin fiberglass filters do very little to catch smaller particles like dust. This allows the AC evaporator coil to get dirty and airborne dust to be recirculated throughout your home. If it seems like your filters never get dirty, or you only change them once in a blue moon, chances are theyБre not catching the dust in your air. Solution : Buy air filters with a higher MERV rating. The higher the MERV rating, the smaller particles it can catch. Typical fiberglass filters are rated 1-4.
You want filters that are at least 5-8. Warning : If you get pleated filters, youБll need to change them frequently because they get dirty so fast. Leaving a dirty filter in your return grill can damage your heating/cooling system. The premium solution is to have a professional install a in your duct system. We currently install one from carrier that is 15 MERV and catches up to 95% of pathogens. ItБs basically what hospitals use to keep their air clean. Learn more in our article :. 3) Air duct leaks Did you know your homeБs air duct system might be sucking in dust from your attic and other dusty places and distributing it throughout your home? Well, now you do! According to, the typical home loses about 20-30% of the air flowing through the forced-air systemБs ductwork, mostly through holes or gaps around fittings or from unsealed joints between duct sections. This allows dirty, dusty air from unconditioned spaces into the ductwork, blowing it to your conditioned spaces. Besides an overly dusty home, youБll know you have leaky ducts if you have: Hot/cool spots in your home БSome rooms will be noticeably hotter in summer and colder in winter because all the conditioned air isnБt making it there. Higher than normal energy bills БBecause not all the conditioned air makes it to certain spots, your system has to run longer to reach the set thermostat setting. Solution : Have a on your system to see if your ducts need sealing. If you do have leaky ducts, have them sealed them ASAP. ItБll save you in the long run and help keep your home from getting so dusty!
Any questions? Let us know Ragsdale isnБt just about heating and cooling. WeБre concerned with your overall comfort, like keeping the dust down in your home. Want to improve the air quality in your home?. Did you find this article helpful? to get more how-to articles and money-saving tips sent to your inbox. YouБll also receive a $25 gift card towards your first service. Ragsdale Heating, Air and Plumbing has been serving the metro Atlanta area for over 19 years. for more information on how we can help you. Dust with microfiber cloths. Not all dusting cloths are made alike. If dust is an issue in your house, it might be time to spring for a microfiber dusting cloth. This fabric is designed to trap dust and hold it. Using an old t-shirt or towel tends to move the dust around rather than actually getting rid of it. Same goes for feather dusters - your furniture will look cleaner, but the dust particles have simply moved into the air. Use microfiber cloths to dust all surfaces where dust tends to accumulate, like the top of your mantel, desk, side tables, and so on. Wet cloths tend to collect dust better than dry cloths, so when you're dusting furniture that isn't wooden, try wetting the cloth first. Wash microfiber cloths immediately after dusting to get rid of everything the cloth collected. Don't use dryer sheets when you run them through the dryer, though; fabric softener reduces the cloths' capacity to hold the dust.
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