It seems as though dust always collects on every surface in your home. Some people have terrible allergies to dust, so they want to reduce their exposure to dust allergens when they are inside their homes. For others without a dust allergy, keeping dust to a minimum may be simply for reasons of keeping their homes clean. There are several reasons to reduce the amount of dust in your home.
Where Does Dust Come From?
It may seem that dust appears out of nowhere, even when you have just dusted. Allergens such as dust can enter the home through open doors and windows, as well as other contributing factors. “House dust is a mix of sloughed-off skin cells, hair, clothing fibers, bacteria, dust mites, bits of dead bugs, soil particles, pollen, and microscopic specks of plastic.” (Chemical & Engineering News) Other environmental contaminants negatively impacting your indoor air quality and overall health can be tracked indoors on the soles of our shoes. Drought, high winds, farming, high traffic, and construction areas also contribute to the amount of dust in the air. While outdoor sources may be out of your control, managing levels of dust in your home can be.
Dust In Your Home
Dust seemingly finds a spot to collect everywhere. While you may be aware of, and regularly clean the obvious spaces, there are places in your home that you may be overlooking. Instead of letting the dust gather in these places until you remember, try to add each to your regular dusting routine.
Ceiling fans and light fixtures
Tops of doors, windows, cabinets, and tall furniture. Since the tops of these objects generally go unseen, so does the dust that collects on top of them.
Underneath the bed and other furniture.
Preventing and Reducing Dust In Your Home
Reduce dust in your home depending on where the dust is located. Reduce dust both from your indoor air and from fabrics or hard surfaces by following the recommendations below.
Doormats. Placing doormats next to every door that has access to the outdoors will help to reduce the amount of dust or sources of dust that will be tracked throughout your home. The mats are designed for shoes to be wiped and stored on so outdoor shoes with dirt, dust, and other things stepped on don’t travel further into your home than the mat.
Regularly Replace Your Air Filters. Your air filters are your first line of defense against the collection and circulation of dust and other airborne allergens, pollutants, and contaminants. 1-inch air filters generally should be replaced between every 30-90 days, however, there are some 4-inch filters that can go longer before the need for replacement. Regular filter replacement maintains maximum air filtration, maximum air circulation, and maximum HVAC efficiency.
Minimize cluttered, dust-gathering, or hard-to-clean objects. Decorative pieces may look great, but they can be difficult to thoroughly clean. Cluttered areas are also an easy place for dust to collect. Reducing these types of decorative pieces or clutter can help to reduce dust.
Covers for your bedding. In order to help reduce dust in your bed, utilize dust covers for each piece of bedding. There are specific covers available for your pillows, comforter, mattress, box spring, and more.
Remove carpets. Without proper cleaning, and even with regular vacuuming, your carpets can harbor allergens, pollutants, and other contaminants that negatively impact your air quality. Hard surfaces are easier to thoroughly clean of dust. If you would still like to have carpeting in your home, consider using an area rug instead of a fitted carpet. Rugs are easier to clean. Smaller rugs can even be put in your washing machine.
Wash fabrics regularly. Dust can attach and build up on fabrics like clothing, drapes, and bedding, so they should be washed regularly.
Use an air purifier. Air purifiers can help to remove dust that can’t simply be wiped away from a surface. Reducing the number of dust pollutants in your indoor air could ultimately help to reduce the amount that lands on surfaces or fabrics in your home. Learn more about how Fresh Air Matters Air Purifiers can help to reduce dust below.
Groom your pets regularly. Certain pets, such as cats or dogs will shed hair, dander, and anything else attached to their fur around your home. Grooming your pets regularly will help to contain their additions to the dust in your home.
Air Purifiers For Reducing Dust
TruSens Air Purifiers are designed to help circulate and distribute cleaner air into a room
by using bi-lateral airflow. Dust circulating through the room’s air is captured by the filter. All filters made for TruSens Air Purifiers help capture airborne pollutants as small as 0.3 microns. We also offer a specialty Allergy & Flu filter. The Allergy & Flu filter captures 99% of airborne allergens and viruses.