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How to Control Household Dust

Posted on December 31, 2013

Wichita homes are certainly no strangers to dust. Vast clouds of wind-driven soil and pollutants frequently roll over this Great Plains city and a fair amount of the contaminants infiltrate peoples’ dwellings. 

In addition to airborne dirt from the great outdoors, indoor dust accumulates from dead human skin cells and the tenacious little mites that feed on and cling to these cells. These pervasive mites are called dermatophagoides, or “skin-eaters.” Since dust and dust mites can be wicked allergens, maintaining your home’s air quality is essential. Fibers from clothing, drapery, upholstery, along with human hair, pet hair and dander, can all harbor dusty particulates that continually drift through your home and settle on furniture and floors.  Here are some tips for controlling dust in your home:

  • Opt for vinyl, leather, wood or plastic furniture that can be wiped clean with a damp or lightly oiled cloth. You’ll never fully eliminate dust particulates, but this will help mitigate.
  • Wage a once-a-week weekly cleaning battle against dust in your home. Diligently vacuum carpets, rugs and upholstery, preferably with a vacuum outfitted with a high-efficiency high-efficiency particulate absorption (HEPA) filter.  Use a damp or dust-attracting electrostatic cloth for dusting furniture, appliances, baseboards, ceiling molding, window sills, ceiling fans, door frame edges, and the like. Wash floors with a damp mop, strip and launder sheets, pillowcases and comforters. If you’re especially dust-sensitive, you might even think about enclosing your mattress in a zipped polyurethane or plastic cover.
  • Filter the air — Controlling the climate in your home can effectively subdue dust-laden particulates. Change furnace and A/C filters regularly and have a maintenance schedule in place for your heating and air-conditioning system. Consider having a whole-house air purification system installed by experts.

Let professionals assist you in keeping dust under control. Contact Comfort Systems for more information concerning the air quality of your Wichita area home.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Wichita, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about household dust and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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