Finding dust in your home is both annoying and frustrating, and it often seems like no matter how often you clean, it keeps coming back. Dust is made up of dead skin cells, animal dander, dust mites and many other elements that are dangerous to your health, especially if you have asthma and allergies. You can keep dust at bay with these simple tips:
- Humidity & filters: Change the air filters in your HVAC system once a month, as creased filters catch more dust. Some are even electro statically charged to attract pollen and allergens. The ideal humidity in your home should be at around 45 percent. Get a professional to test your home’s humidity level and advise you on how to use your air conditioner effectively.
- Keep closets tidy: Closets are stacked with fibers from clothes covered in dust. Store your clothes in plastic bags or containers to minimize shedding, and keep the floors of your closet clear, so you can vacuum or dust mop over them when cleaning. You can also store shoes on racks or wire shelves to keep your floors clear.
- Use the right equipment: Feather dusters and dry rags only move dust from one place to another. Use a microfiber or electrostatic cloth to capture dust properly — even a wet rag will do the trick. Ensure that you clean frequently to keep dust at bay.
- Frequent bedding change: Dust mites love to live in linen and mattresses. Encase your pillows and mattresses with allergen free cases and wash your linens once a week.
- Eliminate carpeting: Carpets are high maintenance and attract dust mites easily. If you have carpets, vacuum them daily. However, there’s no guarantee you’ll totally get rid of all the dust mites. Rather, stick to hardwood or tile flooring.
For more expert advice on how to keep dust at bay, of if you have other issues related to home comfort, please contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. We serve all of San Diego and Southern Riverside County with more than 100 years combined experience.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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