No matter how well you take care of your household, dust is always going to be an issue. If left unchecked, it can present a health hazard to you and your family. In order to control this annoying and potentially harmful problem, it’s important to realize exactly what dust is and how to control it.
What Makes Up Dust
In order to address this problem, you must first understand what dust is. Dust is made up of a number of elements ranging from dead skin and pet dander to paper fibers, cloth fibers and bug feces. As you can imagine, breathing these particles into your lungs on a daily basis can compromise a person’s health. This is especially true if you or someone in your home suffers from respiratory problems or allergies.
Plan of Action
There are techniques you can use to fight dust in your home. The first step is to control the problem at the source. In other words, whenever possible, remove sources of dust such as pets, certain types of furniture, rugs, etc. that may be harboring or transporting dust particles.
Second, use the tried-and-true approach of comprehensive and regular cleaning. Don’t just use a feather duster, though, as that will simply spread particles around. Instead, use a microfiber cloth that will pick up dust particles and allow you to dispose of them.
Third, investing in an effective whole-house air cleaner can greatly improve your home’s indoor air quality. The best devices are backed by Energy Star and utilize a HEPA filter to help keep your air clean. Short of a dedicated air-cleaning system, make sure your heating or cooling system are equipped with an effective, high quality air filter, and make sure you inspect it regularly and change it as needed.
For more expert advice about reducing dust in your household, or for any questions related to home comfort, please contact the professionals at Overland Park Heating & Cooling. We have been serving the HVAC needs of the Greater Kansas City area since 1983.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Overland Park, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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