Do you find yourself sneezing from the amount of dust in your home? Does dust wreak havoc on you and your family by getting in the way? Before you panic and begin constantly cleaning, take a look at a few reasons why there’s so much dust in the air of your home.
Dirty Air Filter
The most common cause of dust in your home is a dirty air filter. If you notice more dust than usual, check your air filter, and replace it if it’s dirty. Generally, you should remember to replace the filter every couple of months, but you might have to replace it more often or invest in better air filters if you have increased dirt and dander from children or pets.
What kind of flooring do you have?
If you’ve noticed that your home gets very dusty, take a look at your flooring. Research has shown that carpet makes a great home for dust and dust mites, but it holds dust on the ground until you can vacuum it. Hard flooring allows dust and dirt to blow back up into the air when you’re cleaning, making it more difficult to get rid of.
Your Humidity Level is Too Low
Just like in outdoor climates, humidity affects the amount of dust in the air inside your home, too. The desert is known to be dusty, while wetter climates are not. If the humidity level in your home is too low, dust will stay in the air for a long time, so adjust your AC’s humidity accordingly or invest in a humidifier.
Leaky or Dirty Air Ducts
Over time, your air ducts will accumulate a layer of dirt and dust, which can then travel out of your vents and into the rest of your house. You should schedule a duct cleaning every few years to manage the dust, and have one done as soon as possible if you’re moving into a new house.
If you’ve had your AC ductwork cleaned within the last few years, you might want to consider checking them for leaks, which can let dusty, unfiltered air into your home. Leaks can stem from improper duct installation or normal wear and tear. Generally, the only way to fix this problem is air duct replacement, but investing in new ductwork is worth it.
For more information or to request service, contact Lee’s Air & Plumbing today.