The Top Three Reasons For Excessive Dust Build-Up Inside Homes
Many homeowners throughout the country have started their annual spring cleaning, and through that process may have found a lot of dust build-up inside their home. Homeowners who find themselves dusting more than usual may wonder why the added dust build-up and the answer to that problem could revolve around the home’s HVAC system. Here’s why.
It’s in the Air
Homeowners need to consider all of the dust inside their home: the dust on their furniture is just a fraction of the total amount of dust inside the home. The rest of the dust is in the ducts, waiting to make its escape. This is why dusting won’t combat the problem, and vacuuming just pulls the dust off the carpet and redistributes it into the air.
Because it’s impossible to cut down on the amount of dust a homeowner produces, instead the focus is on how to keep the dust from being released into the home, to begin with. The first thing a homeowner should consider is the HVAC filters. Ideally, a homeowner should be changing his HVAC filters on a regular basis – at least every four to six weeks – to combat the dust problem. The particulate matter gets caught inside of the filter and remains there. But once the filters are dirty, the air won’t pass through, and the dust gets bounced off and settles somewhere inside the home. A professional residential heating and cooling service company assist homeowners with the best filters to use.
If the home’s ducts have a leak, this is another reason there is dust build-up inside the home. When the ducts have a leak, the air is escaping without entering the filters first. A homeowner can determine his ducts are leaking by inspecting a vent in the home: If it’s covered in dust or lint, the ducts may be to blame. Homeowners who suspect they have leaky ducts may want to call a professional repair company to seal the ducts.
Humidity is another contributing factor in dust control because dry air can contribute to more dust. It’s important to ensure the home is at the right humidity level. If the air is too dry, it can be a sign of issues with the home’s HVAC.
There are many other factors that contribute towards excess dust in a home, so homeowners should contact a professional heating repair specialist to determine the specific issues in his home.