7 Helpful Ways to Reduce Household Dust for Better Indoor Air Quality

Dust particles are a major source of indoor allergies. Comprised largely of dead skin, textile fibers, animal fur, food debris and insect parts, it’s no wonder dust makes you sneeze. Fortunately, you can reduce household dust in seven easy steps.

Upgrade the HVAC Filter

The air filter is your first line of defense against a dusty house. Every time the furnace or A/C runs, dusty air passes through the filter. More efficient filters trap even smaller particles and leave indoor air fresher than if you had a basic filter installed.

Clean Out the Closet

An organized closet is a less dusty closet. Box and bag everything you can, and store coats in garment bags during the summer. Keep the floor clear so you can vacuum easily, and wipe off shelves when you see dust starting to collect.

Change the Sheets Weekly

Bedding sheds fibers and collects dead skin, making it a major contributor to indoor allergies. Wash your sheets once a week in hot water, and encase the mattress, box spring and pillows in hypoallergenic covers.

Choose the Right Vacuum

Choose a model with a powerful agitator to really clean deep within the carpet. A canister vacuum without an agitator is your best choice for wood, tile or vinyl flooring.

Make Vacuuming More Effective

Vacuuming whips up dust, much of which swirls into the air and eventually settles again. To reduce household dust while vacuuming, switch the thermostat fan setting to “On.” Keep the setting this way for 15 minutes after you vacuum. Then return it to “Auto” to save energy.

Beat Rugs and Cushions

While vacuuming helps, the best way to remove collected dust from area rugs is to hang them outside and beat them with a broom or tennis racquet. Do the same with upholstered couch cushions and pillows.

Trap Dust

Feather dusters and dry rags are useless tools because they merely move debris around. Instead, you want to trap dust with a damp, electrostatic or oil-moistened cloth.

For more ways to reduce household dust and help you breathe easier, contact Beyer Boys. We’ve been serving San Antonio since 1990.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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