TIPS TO REDUCE DUST IN YOUR HOME
Indoor air quality is an important part of your quality of life: after all, you spend a lot of your time inside and breathing is an essential for living, so why not breathe the healthiest air possible so you can enjoy the “now” and live plenty of years “later” too? The problem with life inside is that dust can accumulate so easily and then it floats around and contaminates your air and, eventually, your lungs. So, below we’ve shared our top five tips to reduce dust in your home. Your family, your own body and even your bank account will thank you!
- Take off those shoes!
We know that some of you won’t like this idea, but the reality is that a huge percentage of the dirty particles that enter your living space come from the bottoms of your footwear. If you put a good mat down and place a small basket by each entry door for you and your guests to use, we’re confident that the amount of dust in your home will be dramatically reduced by containing it before it can be spread throughout other rooms. Just note that you’ll need to periodically clean this area because even though the dirt isn’t being tracked throughout your home, it’s still inside -- so take a few minutes each week to sweep and wipe down each of your shoe baskets.
- Open up those windows!
This step can introduce new dust into your home, but overall it’s going to help improve your indoor air quality by freshening up the stale and stagnant air that’s been recirculating throughout your HVAC system since the last time you ventilated your living space. If the only opportunity for new air to enter your home is your door opening and closing, then you’re probably breathing a majority of the same air in your self-contained indoor environment. Over time, the amount of dust will increase in your air and even in your air ducts, which can lead to even greater issues like mold. So periodically -- even when it gets chilly out -- open your windows for at least a few minutes to introduce some fresh new air into your living spaces.
- Change those filters!
You’ve got a thousand things to think about every day, week and month, but one of the basic tasks we implore you to not forget is to change your HVAC system’s air filter on the recommended schedule, which is usually at least every 90 days. Investing somewhere around $10 in a filter and less than 10 minutes of time to buy and install it will make a world of difference for the amount of dust in your home. You’ll also be helping your utility bills by allowing your HVAC system to run closer to its peak efficiency: once your filter gets too clogged, the system has to work harder to pull air through it and you’ll end up paying higher electric and/or gas bills for it to run properly. You should also consider a routine maintenance plan for your furnace and air conditioning systems because professional technicians will have trained eyes for how to ensure that your system is giving you the best indoor air quality possible.
- Clean those ducts!
In addition to a maintenance plan, you may also want to think about investing in a routine air duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning service. In order to properly remove all the dust, dander, lint and other debris from your ventilation system, a professional service provider like AdvantaClean can get into every nook and cranny of your ductwork to suction away all the toxic particles that have been collecting there and increasing the risk of developing hot spots for mold. The National Fire Administration recommends cleaning your dryer vents at least annually to reduce your risk of a potentially deadly dryer vent fire, so if you don’t have the time or inclination to get into all of the tiny corners of your systems to remove all of the dust, then do some research for nearby providers of air duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning services. AdvantaClean has locally-owned franchises from coast to coast and a 25-year reputation for great service and affordable prices, so make sure to include us in your comparison shopping.
- Clean those surfaces!
It may go without saying, but we had to mention it just in case you’re not doing this already: a thorough vacuuming and wiping down of your carpets, floors, furniture and other surfaces is absolutely essential to mitigating the dust in your home. This is a pain and you probably don’t want to do it, but the choice boils down to a simple decision between investing a little bit of time each week to clean your home or breathing in dusty, dirty air. We think the time is worth it for the sake of your health and the people you love the most. Over time, you’ll save money in reduced utility and medical bills, and you’ll have a cleaner, happier and more peaceful experience in the place where you spend so much of your time.
Happy cleaning! If we can be of any assistance to you and your family, we hope you’ll reach out to us anytime day or night, because it’s not completely clean until it’s AdvantaClean!
More info? For more information about harmful dust, check out our other post: DUSTY HOUSE SOLUTIONS