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Dusty House? Tips on Controlling It

December 10, 2013 | Blog

Dust is a fact of life, and something your Coastal Bend home will never be completely rid of. Composed of dead skin cells, dirt, pollen, dander, clothing or carpet fibers and other small particulate, dust is continually being formed and settling on every horizontal surface it can find. If you’re looking for ways to get your dusty house under control, here is a great list of tips to get you started.

  • Upgrade your filter. You get what you pay for when it comes to air filters; a standard filter with a low MERV rating between 1 and 4 can trap larger particulate but won’t help much with smaller contaminants or pollutants. Aim for a MERV rating between 5 and 12, keeping in mind that filters rated 13 and higher are typically reserved for hospital and commercial buildings and may impede airflow in a residential application.
  • Let your heating system help. Immediately after cleaning your home, turn on your heat pump or furnace, to give your filtration system a chance to clear the air of any particulate you may have stirred up.
  • Invest in good equipment. Consider investing in a whole house air cleaner, which can remove as much as 99 percent of the airborne particles in your home.
  • Seal leaks. Check for and seal air leaks in and around your home. Ceilings, doors, ductwork, walls and windows can allow outside dirt and debris to enter your living space, contributing to your dusty house. Fix leaky ductwork with foil-backed tape or duct mastic and use caulking or weatherstripping in other areas of your home where needed.
  • Use the right tools. Clean your home with tools that trap, rather than spread, dust, such as microfiber cloths and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
  • Schedule annual maintenance. Keep your HVAC equipment in top shape with preventive maintenance which includes an annual cleaning, maintenance and tune-up.

For more tips on how to gain control of your dusty house, call the professionals at CCAC, Inc. We have over 30 years of experience serving homeowners in the Coastal Bend area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about controlling dust and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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