Dust is made up of pollen, mold spores, pet dander, bacteria, lint, and a handful of other contaminants. Unfortunately, certain activities (think of dusting and vacuuming) can stir all of these particulates around and affect the indoor air quality of your home.
What's worse is that breathing all of that in can be harmful to your health: eye irritation, coughing, sneezing, etc.
One way to help lower the amount of dust in your home is to use better air filters! Change and/or clean them regularly.
The American Lung Association points out that filters are disposable, reusable, or refillable, and can be man-made or of natural fibers. Factors that can affect the efficiency of an air filter include: fiber size, fiber density, airflow rate, and particle diameter.
Here are a few tips for purchasing and maintaining air filters:
- Before purchasing, be sure to research the size and type of filter required for your HVAC system and the level of air quality required for your family. This will help ensure you purchase a filter that best fits your needs.
- Read the manufacturer's instructions on maintaining your furnace to determine where the filter is located and how often you should have your furnace inspected.
- Consider changing your air filter more frequently if you are introducing high levels of particulate into your home or have a family member with asthma or allergies.
- Central filtration system must be operated with the fan on for constant air movement through the HVAC system.
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