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5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality and Keep Dust at Bay

5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality and Keep Dust at BayIt’s impossible to completely eliminate all the dust in your home, but you can definitely keep it at bay. If you have dust allergies or just want to improve indoor air quality, try these tips to keep dust to a minimum.

  1. Change your bedding regularly. Bedding should be changed at least once a week. Otherwise, dead skin particles build up, contributing to dust. Wash your sheets in hot water to kill dust mites. Dry clean only items should be taken outside and shaken well to remove dust in between cleanings.
  2. Clean house the right way. When you vacuum and dust your home, you stir up tiny pieces of dust that will eventually settle again on surfaces everywhere. To combat this problem, set your thermostat to “fan on.” This will help pull the dust out of the home before it has a chance to settle. Of course, you should always remember to turn the fan back to the automatic setting once you’re finished.
  3. Clean rugs and other soft items. Rugs, cushions and pillows should all be cleaned thoroughly, too. Some items are machine washable. For the ones that are not, a beating outside with a broomstick will do the trick.
  4. Use the best air filters and change them often. Your air filters should be changed often–every one to three months. You should also invest in deep pleated or electrostatic filters.
  5. Use damp rags to dust your home. Feather dusters and other dry dusting products only push dust around your home. You should always use a damp rag for dusting hard surfaces. Otherwise, you’re not really removing dust; you’re just spreading it around.

Fighting dust in your home is a constant battle. However, it’s necessary if you want to keep your allergies calm and improve indoor air quality. Take some time each week to implement these tips, and you’ll see less dust around your home in no time. For more tips on keeping dust away, contact Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Fresno, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about eliminating dust and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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