Dusty Home? Follow These Tips To Address The Problem At Its Core

Posted on: 14 March 2016

Do you feel like your home is always dusty? Instead of just wiping up dust day after day, why not address the problem at its core? Do these four things, and you'll be able to hang up that feather duster for weeks at a time.

Have your air ducts cleaned.

Dust can build up in your air ducts over time, and then each time the heat or air conditioning switches on, it gets blown all over your home. You can't reach deep into your air vents with a standard vacuum cleaner or equipment you have around home, so you'll need to have your ducts professionally cleaned. Expect to pay between $300 and $500 for this service, depending on your local economy and the size of your home.

Upgrade to a HEPA air filter.

Those cheap, $2 fiberglass air filters might be fine in a clean, new home, but they don't always cut it in dustier, older homes. Upgrade to a HEPA air filter for your HVAC system, and your ducts -- and whole home -- will stay a lot cleaner. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. This style of filter will catch smaller dust particles that an ordinary fiberglass filter would just let pass through. Consider buying a few extra filters when you're at the store so you have one handy the next time you need to change it. You should be changing your filter about every 3 months.

Seal those cracks and crevices.

Are there any cracks in your walls? Taking the time to seal them with joint compound (and then paint over it, of course) will help keep dust levels down. Dust can blow into your home from within the wall space through these cracks. You should also seal off any gaps between your attic trapdoor or main door, since dust from the attic can work its way downstairs though these gaps. The easiest way to seal these gaps is to push rope caulk into them. If you ever need to open the door, you can just pull the rope caulk out -- and then push it back into place later.

Keep your extra linens stashed away.

Linens, such as throw pillows, blankets, and clothing, contribute to dust in two ways. First of all, they produce some of it by slowly degrading and releasing their particles. Second, they trap dust and later release it when you move them. If you keep any extra linens packed away in the back of a closet or within plastic totes, your dust problem will become less of an issue.

Follow the tips above, and you should notice the levels of dust in your home beginning to diminish. For more info, contact a business in your area.