If you want to improve the air quality in your Mt. Pleasant, Texas home, you will also have to consider reducing the amount of dust. That’s because dust accumulates quickly and easily, and is a major contributor to poor indoor air. One primary difference between dust and other contaminants is that you can actually see dust — not only those particles of dust afloat in the air, but the resulting accumulation on household surfaces, too.
Dust occurs naturally. Indoors, it consists of clothing fibers, human and pet hair, skin cells and other substances. It is therefore impossible to prevent dust, but you can control dust accumulation, and improve the indoor air quality.
- The air filter is your friend. The air filter in your HVAC system cleans the entire volume of household air several times a day. Make sure it’s a quality filter — pleated cotton or polyester is best for residential use — and change or clean it regularly. Also, run the HVAC system while dusting or vacuuming to remove excess dust stirred up into the air.
- Choose your vacuum wisely. A vacuum cleaner with an agitator brush and strong suction is required to pull dust out of rugs and carpets. However, that same vacuum will spread clouds of dust into the air when used on smooth flooring and surfaces. Use a canister vacuum with a brushless suction attachment instead.
- Change the bedding. Tiny skin flakes shed by humans make up as much as 75 percent of airborne household dust. Most of it accumulates in bedding where flakes are shed, then spreads into the air. Launder sheets, blankets, and bedspreads regularly to send skin flakes down the drain instead.
- Don’t spread dust around. Use housekeeping products that capture dust instead of dispersing it. Treated electrostatic dusters and dust cloths attract dust and hold it. Plain rags and feather dusters just redistribute it.
Learn more about how to improve indoor air quality and reduce household dust with Wood Air Conditioning & Plumbing’s IAQ solutions, or give our team of experienced HVAC pros a call at 903-285-6550. Image Provided by Shutterstock.com