What Causes Excessive Dust in My House?
Have you ever done a deep cleaning of your Middlesex or Norfolk County home one day, only to notice dust on your floors and shelves just a few days later?
Believe it or not, the cause of that dust layer could be your HVAC system. The good news is, if that’s the case, is that there are some easy ways to fix the problem.
Here are five ways you can address heating and cooling system problems that could lead to an excessive build up of dust in your Massachusetts home:
- Clean smarter – One of the best ways to solve an HVAC dust problem is to lighten the load on your heating or cooling system’s air filter (see #2 below). Vacuum carpeted floors using a quality HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air)-filtered vacuum once a week. Mop hardwood, vinyl, and tiled floors frequently with white vinegar and water.
- Check air filters regularly – An HVAC air filter will clog with efficiency-robbing debris; if left unaddressed, this will eventually lead to problems with your heating and cooling equipment. Check your air filter a minimum of once per month during peak cooling (and heating) season, replacing it when necessary.
- Get routine maintenance every year – When it comes to getting the most out of your home comfort equipment, there’s no substitute for a comprehensive heating and cooling service by an expert technician. With proper care, your equipment will keep the air clear and moving throughout your home.
- Consider professional duct sealing – Unseen leaks in your ductwork can draw dust in and redistribute it throughout the house. To solve the problem, you need professional duct sealing – an investment that could be worthwhile, considering that anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the air you pay to cool or heat also gets lost via duct leaks.
- Keep proper humidity levels – Dust flows more freely in dry air. If your home air is properly humidified air – perhaps with the help of a high quality whole house humidifier – it should reduce the movement of dust in your ducts, and throughout your home.