Do you find that no matter how frequently you clean there always seems to be more dust in your house? Are you sick of wiping everything down one day, just to see all the same surfaces covered with dust again the next day? Are you or any of your family members dealing with severe allergies that you’ve never experienced before? Any of these situations and more could mean you’ve got a little bit of an air quality issue in your home. The sprinkling of dust over all surfaces that you constantly clean carries a lot more than just dirt. It’s a mixture of dust mites, animal dander, bacteria and possibly even mold. Once that stuff takes to the air, you and your family are breathing it in without any sort of protection. So here are a couple of ways to figure out if dust is a signal of bad air quality in your home.
First of all, check in with your neighbors. There are certain regions of the country that are simply dusty. These are dry, arid environments or anywhere that is close to a beach or a desert. If the issue is geographical, it may not mean the air quality in your home is poor. In those cases, you’ll just end up having to clean more than people in other places. One great way to combat the problem is to make sure that your home’s HVAC system has some sort of filter in place. They generally do, although the filters installed by your HVAC maintenance people may not be of the highest quality.
It’s probably a good idea to take a look at the filters you currently have in place. While it may seem obvious, it still needs to be said that you shouldn’t use the cheapest filters on the market. These do very little to actually pull the dust, pollen and mold out of the air. They basically just let everything pass through, and that could be impacting your home’s air quality. What might surprise you is that you don’t necessarily want to use the most expensive filters either. These do a great job of filtering particles out of the air, but they also get filled up and overwhelmed easily. Since you don’t want to have to change your filter that often, go with one of the products with middle of the pack pricing. Then change it out once a quarter to insure your HVAC system is doing the best possible job.
If you change out the filter and still don’t see a difference, you might need to clean your entire HVAC system. You’ll probably want to hire a professional to do this work, especially if you are dealing with major allergy issues. They’ll be able to handle any clogs within the ducts, clean the vents, and make sure there aren’t any biological materials growing in the dampness of your air conditioners that might be affecting the air quality in your home. This is also the time to ask any questions you might have, such as what is a split air conditioner, or how can you save money on your utility bills. After the cleaning process is complete, switch the fan setting to “on” instead of “auto”, so that the air circulates consistently. See if that impacts the dust issue, and hopefully you’ll be happy with the results.