Sometimes it can seem like dust appears from nowhere overnight. You just cleaned your house from top to bottom, yet there it is—filtering down through the sunbeams and settling on every surface in your home. It can be frustrating. Fortunately, there are many ways you can help keep your San Antonio home free of dust, and it starts with a well-maintained HVAC system.
1. Change Your Air Filters
- Start the heating season this fall by replacing the air filter in your furnace, and continue to replace the filter once a month or whenever it gets dirty throughout the winter.
- Schedule your furnace for annual fall maintenance.
2. Check Dryer Vents
- Make sure your clothes dryer is vented directly outside.
- Check the vent duct for obstructions and holes, and make sure it is attached firmly to the dryer. Vent ducts should be cleaned about once a year.
3. Leave Dust at the Door
- Take your shoes off any time you enter the house. Tracking dirt and debris inside with you is one of the largest sources of household dust.
- If you have pets that come in and out of your house, brush them off any time they come inside.
- Keep a doormat outside your front door instead of inside.
4. Seal Air Leaks
- Drafts can be a major source of dirt, so look for air leaks and seal them with caulk or weather stripping. Common locations for air leaks include window and door frames, electric outlets, fixtures, vents and anywhere pipes or wiring enters your home.
- To locate leaks, light a stick of incense and hold it near suspected areas. The smoke from the incense will be drawn toward any draft.
5. Inspect Air Ducts
- Make sure the air ducts in your heating system are free of holes or broken connections that can let dust in.
- If you suspect air duct issues, contact a professional for a duct inspection.
For more information on reducing household dirt—or to schedule your heating system for maintenance—contact Beyer Boys today. We’ve been providing expert service throughout San Antonio and the surrounding communities since 1990.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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