What is dust?
Who can forget that image of the sunbeam coming in the window when you can see all of the particles of dust glistening in the air? It’s only when the sun is piercing through that you can see the invisible floaters that are always around us. They then settle on the surfaces in our homes only to be stirred up again and breathed in by you, your children, and your pets.
Dust Defined: We know that dust is that unseen thing that is always around us but what is it made of? Simply put, dust is fine particles of matter from various sources. For our purposes, household dust comes from a few main sources. From the outdoors, dirt, bacteria, pollen, and molds, hitch rides intoyour house via open windows, doors, and children and pets. Indoor sources of dust particles include animal dander, hair, insects, fibers, insulation, dust mites, and yes, your own skin that you shed!
Now that your house is a decade or so old, all that dust floating through has had an opportunity to build up in the corners and crannies of your house. Even the cleanest of “clean-freaks” can’t outpace the persistence of indoor dust. And dust particles are where contaminants attach themselves to invade your home. It’s an ongoing battle.
It’s true dust aggravates allergies and can put your family and pets in danger. For most, the biggest incentive for keeping a clean house and minimizing dust in your home is to protect your family from unnecessary contaminants, to help alleviate allergies and to improve your family’s health.
But more importantly, what nasty contaminants are attached to those dust particles? And how do you work to minimize dust?
While it’s impossible to completely eliminate dust, there are ways to minimize its presence and effects. You need a two-pronged approach of prevention and purification. Some of these you can do you yourself. In other cases, you’ll need our help to upgrade and maintain your systems to improve your indoor air quality and keep your household healthy and happy. Here are five tips on reducing dust in your household.
- Be Proactive
Part of minimizing dust is preventing it from festering in your house in the first place. Simple steps like having your family remove their shoes as they enter, minimizing clutter, vacuuming and mopping often can work wonders.
- Focus on the problem areas
Think of the rooms and areas that generate or harbor the most dust. Closets, bedrooms, carpeted areas and rooms with electronics tend to attract dust. Work to keep these areas clean by using the proper tools to remove dust.
- Seal and repair duct work
Contact us for professional duct repair, replacement, and sealing which helps reduce blowing dust and contaminants back into the air.
Using the proper filter is key and there is a two-fold benefit. First, it helps your HVAC system run properly and second, it maximizes the “air-cleaning” effect of the filter itself. We can work with you to keep your system running efficiently with a fresh filter.
Air purifiers are effective at reducing dust, allergens, and contaminants in your household. Humidifiers, de-humidifiers and UV germicidal lights used in combination with filtration and purification yield the maximum benefit for allergy sufferers.
Work with us to combine efforts on improving your indoor air quality for those that are closest to you.
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