All homeowners know that dust is inevitable, which is why “dusting the house” always seems to be on the to-do list. But when your house is always dusty even after cleaning, you’ve probably got a bigger problem on your hand. Oftentimes, our customers at Santa Fe Air ask us, “why is my house so dusty?,” and usually the answer isn’t just, “because our house is dirty.”
In reality, there are a variety of factors that could lead to excess dust floating around your home. Keep reading to learn those factors to help your home stay clean and improve your indoor air quality.
You may need to change your air filter.
Before you go running off thinking you need to replace your entire HVAC system, take a look at your air filter. Gaps in your ductwork could cause dust to accumulate around your filter, and if you don’t regularly change it, dirt will build up and spread throughout the house.
Make sure you know how often you should change your specific air filter. Some filters require monthly maintenance while others could last a year. If you’re ever unsure, always contact your local HVAC expert to help you out.
On the other hand, some people don’t use air filters at all. In these cases, of course you’re going to have a lot of dust, and no amount of Pledge cleaner is going to help. There are a lot of options out there to help you find the right filter for your home and HVAC system, so be sure to do your research.
To start, look for filters that are 95% efficient. Personally, we like pleated air filters since they’re great for trapping dust. Some are even electrostatically charged to catch allergens and other pollutants.
You may have leaky air ducts.
When your air conditioner or furnace runs, air duct leaks can allow dust and other debris to filter into your house from the attic, basement, or other unused spaces. Fortunately, the fix for this is pretty simple. Here’s what you should do:
Step One: Seal the leaks
Sealing the leaks will stop dust in its tracks, but it can also improve your energy bills (air leaks = inefficient heating and cooling).
Step Two: Clean out the ducts
After you’ve sealed those ducts, clean out the excess dirt so they aren’t constantly blowing gunk into your home.
You may be moving dust around instead of cleaning.
So you’ve got your feather duster, and you’re ready to go, right? Wrong. If you’re wondering why your house is so dusty, take a look at your cleaning supplies. Feather dusters don’t pick up dust, they just swirl it around. Plus once they break, they start scratching up furniture, leaving you with dust and damaged furniture.
Instead of feather dusters, we’ve got some better dust busters to try:
- Microfiber cloths
- Damp cotton cloths
- Vacuum with HEPA filter and hose attachments
- Goat-hair duster (for delicates and antiques)
Got Dust? Santa Fe Air can help.
If you’re in the Kansas City Area, our expert HVAC team at Santa Fe Air can help you clear away heavy dust accumulation once and for all. We pride ourselves on offering the high-quality HVAC and indoor air quality services in town, so you get the best service every single time.