Is the quality of the air inside your home worse than the air quality outside? Dust comes from several sources and can trigger reactions such as asthma symptoms, sneezing, watery and itchy eyes, a runny nose, coughing, eczema and hay fever. If you or your family members display such symptoms while inside, you may need to find new ways to eliminate dust in your home.
Tips to Eliminate Dust in Your Home
- Keep the windows and doors closed.
- Empty the vacuum cleaner’s bag or canister outside.
- Schedule a professional inspection of your heating and cooling appliances at least once a year.
- Ensure the clothes dryer vents outside are not clogged and that the vent hose, or duct, is securely attached. Inspect the dryer vent hose for holes and obstructions. Fix any damage that you find and clear obstructions. Hire a professional to clean the dryer vent duct at least once a year.
- Replace or clean the air conditioner and/or furnace filter once a month or as directed by the manufacturer. Use duct tape to keep the filter in place and write the date on the tape as a reminder of when you changed it.
- Change the bed linens every week.
- Schedule a home energy audit to learn of any air leaks of which you were not aware.
- Hire a professional to inspect the ducts in your home. Sealing leaks in the ducts will prevent the circulation of dust throughout the dwelling.
- Consider implementing a no-shoes policy in your house to help eliminate dust. Footwear is one of the largest sources of outside dust and debris.
- Use a moist cotton rag or electrostatic cloth to capture dust instead of spreading it.
- Keep seasonal clothing not in use in plastic bins with lids so they don’t shed fibers.
- Beat carpets, rugs and cushions outside to eliminate dust that has settled into the materials.
- Upgrade your old furnace and/or air conditioner.
For more expert advice about keeping the dust levels in your Coastal Bend home to a minimum and other issues related to air quality, please call CCAC, Inc. at 361-855-3088 or contact us online.
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 dust elimination and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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