Household dust is a major source of asthma and allergy attacks. While cutting down on dust is key to solving this issue and making your home a more comfortable place to live, dust is constantly being introduced, and it’s not something we’ll ever completely eliminate. However, there are techniques you can use to reduce dust in your home and save on allergy treatments.
1. Remove Wall-to-Wall Carpets
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Carpet, heavy drapes, and upholstered furniture collect a lot of dust. While you may want to leave a rug at the front door to stop dirt and other debris from entering the house, make it a small one so you can easily throw it in the washing machine. If possible, consider removing all wall-to-wall carpet and large rugs from your home. If that’s not possible, the best rooms to remove carpet are the bedrooms. Children spend half their time and adults spend one-third of their time in this room.
2. Change Air Filters Monthly
While some manufacturers recommend you change the air filters in your HVAC system every three months, if you suffer from allergies or asthma, consider changing the filters once a month. You should also look into switching to a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. These will catch dust mites, pollen, and other harmful particles in fine mesh traps. You can also get vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters that throw less dust back into the room when you’re using them.
3. Turn Furnace Fan on After Cleaning
Whether you use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter or not, it’s always a good idea to turn on your furnace fan after you clean. Even though dusting and sweeping is necessary to keep your house clean, it also kicks dust into the air. Turning the furnace fan on won’t heat your house, but it will help suck up the dust still lingering in the air. If you’re the one who suffers from allergies or asthma, make sure you wear a dust-filtering mask while you clean.
4. Consider a Whole-House Filter
There are numerous places around your house where dust can settle, including your clothing, baseboards, and bedding. While the flat filter in your central air conditioning or forced-air heating system does a decent job filtering the air in your house to remove this dust, there are more powerful units you can add. Extended media filters are around eight inches thicker than traditional flat filters, which make them more effective at cleaning the air.
5. Don’t Use Window Fans
You shouldn’t use attic or window fans because they bring mold, pollen, and other allergens inside your home. To cool down your house, keep your windows closed and use your air conditioning instead. This also helps keep allergens out of your indoor air. Finally, try to keep your house dry and aired out. Dust mites thrive in environments where humidity is greater than 55 percent.
If you’re looking for ways to reduce your need to visit the doctor and buy more allergy treatments, consider implementing a few of these tips in your home.