Did you know that on average, a six-room home can collect upwards of 40 pounds of dust each year? While it’s impossible to get rid of dust completely, there are ways to keep it to a minimum.
Clean with Microfiber
Swap out dry cleaning cloths for microfiber. Microfiber attracts and holds dust by an electrostatic charge, which makes them one of the best tools for cleaning dust. Unlike feather dusters, dry cloths or paper towels, which only spread dust around, microfiber captures and holds dust particles. You can use them on ceiling fans, baseboards, blinds, and other most hard surfaces.
Air Duct Cleaning
Your furnace and air duct system work together to keep your home free of dust and other potential allergens which can significantly reduce indoor air quality. If you notice little puffs of dust coming out of your vents whenever you turn on your HVAC, it may be time for a cleaning. Since your HVAC system has multiple parts that work together, when one or more are dirty, you may see the dust pile up. Cleaning the HVAC ductwork in your home reduces both dust and mold spores, which improve indoor air quality.
Upgrade Your Furnace Filter
In addition to your air ducts, the filter inside your furnace also needs to be changed regularly. Your forced-air heating and cooling system reduce dust levels by filtering the air. Over time, dirty filters can no longer trap as much dust as new ones do, which in turn, leads to dust escaping through the vents and into your home. Pleated air filters are relatively inexpensive and trap 80 to 95 percent of dust particles. However, if you or your family from allergies, you might want to consider buying high-efficiency filters, which capture 99 percent of airborne particles.
Organize Your Closet
The closet is a dust reservoir, full of microscopic fibers from towels, clothes, and bedding. Every time you open and close the door, you create an invisible dust storm. Although you can’t prevent your clothes from shedding, you can keep your closet organized and easier to clean. Store your items in clear plastic containers on shelves, which you can easily pull out to clean. Also, store clothes that you rarely use in garment bags. This reduces shedding and also keeps them from becoming covered in dust. Finally, keep your closet floor clear. If it’s cluttered, chances are you will avoid having to move everything when it comes time to vacuum.
Keeping your home free of dust isn't as hard as it may seem. If you'd like to find out more ways air duct cleaning can improve indoor air quality, contact one of our representatives at Doiggs today.