Your indoor air quality is important to your family’s health. While most homes have higher levels of pollutants than is found outdoors, there are a number of things you can do to improve matters and lower airborne particulate levels. You can start by controlling dust at the source with certain dusting techniques and tricks.
Dust is made up of many things — skin flakes, dirt from outdoors, insect particles and flakes of hair. It rides in on our shoes, or wafts in through minute cracks in the home or through open doors. Even in an airtight home, you won’t ever totally eliminate dust, particularly if you have a lot of indoor-outdoor traffic, but you can diminish the amount circulating in your home.
Start by removing shoes at the door, and then take these steps:
- Vacuum furniture and floors frequently with a HEPA filter.
- Avoid installing carpets. Hard-surface floors are easier to keep clean.
- One of the best dusting techniques is to use a dry microfiber cloth. This does a better job of picking up dust and other substances on surfaces, so that it’s not redistributed into the home’s air. Wash the cloth in warm water after each use.
- Dust before you vacuum.
Using the HVAC System to Control Dust
You can use your HVAC system to control dust. An inexpensive fiberglass filter will trap larger dust particles, keeping them out of the system, but won’t do much for your indoor air quality. Use a better quality, pleated air filter, changing it whenever it’s dirty. You will need to change it more often if you have shedding pets, a lot of traffic in the home and if you burn candles. Choose an air filter rated MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) 8-12, which is mid-range efficiency. Denser filters may require extensive modifications to your system to prevent slowing down air flow.
You may also want to add an air purifier. These come in portable or whole home models, and are designed to deal with different types of pollutants.
Beyer Boys can help you choose the right air purifier or air filter for your home. We serve San Antonio and the surrounding area.