Your house is brimming with plenty of duties: washing
dishes, doing laundry, vacuum cleaning, on top of the never-ending job of
dusting. Although each of these projects tend to be inescapable, a few may seem
as though they must be done constantly. When you are having difficulties managing
your dusty house, it is possible your heating and cooling unit is making the
The good news is, for virtually any heating and cooling issue
which could result in extra dust, we have an easy and productive answer to the
Create a trap for the dust
If you are inspecting your HVAC machine to find signs to what
is causing such a dusty environment, your current air filter is the place to
begin. Air filters need to be examined monthly at a minimum in addition to being
changed or wiped clean if they’re too dusty. If your house is unusually dusty
or you have shedding pets, it is a good idea to switch your air filter more
Most of the particles you find in the old filter is dust
that has been removed from the air flow in your home. Any time your current air
filter gets obstructed, your HVAC machine cannot effectevly remove dust out of
the air, so a greater portion of it remains inside your home.
Not every filter is the same, and you will probably find air
filters with a higher MERV rating to be more effective. Investing in these better-quality
air filters comes with a compromise; they will probably have a longer lifespan
and will also pick up smaller particles that many lower rated filters will not,
but are pricier and can be slightly less energy efficient.
Any time you’re replacing your HVAC filter, you also need to
look to confirm that it fits snugly with a firm seal around every side. Space
between the filter and your unit or inadequately sized filters enable dirt and dust
particles to pass easily through the unit and into your living space.
Fix all air leaks
Leaking ducts are extremely common and are a more difficult issue
that leads to unnecessary dust. Tiny spaces may form in the ductwork as a
result of old age, deterioration, low quality, or substandard installation, and
are often found in especially dirty sections of the attic and basement. Such cracks
allow airborne dirt and dust to move past your home’s air filter, straight out
the vents, and into your home.
Check a number of your home’s air vents closely and if you
find an accumulation of dust built up on the fins or near the air vents, you
might have leaky ducts.
If the structure and design of the house and your air
conditioning unit will allow it, you could safely check a large amount of the
ductwork yourself. Shut off all lighting and use a flashlight to check the
ducts. This will make it easier for you to watch the movement of dirt and dust
floating around, which will direct you to the area of a leak. A lot of modest
leaks are able to be appropriately patched using duct tape if they are within
To complete more difficult checkups or servicing, think
about hiring a licensed heating and cooling specialist with the necessary
expertise. They are able to spot and fix leaks in areas you cannot access, and
these areas are usually among the dirtiest pieces of the HVAC unit.
Try not to run dry
People located in more humid environments often get a break
from issues with more excessive dust in their homes, while people who live in drier
locations encounter many more challenges with dust. Airborne debris is able to
move without restraint over moisture less air, allowing it to make its way
substantially further within an air conditioning unit. Any time the environment
is more humid, dirt and other debris settle more quickly, leaving greater opportunities
for it to get caught by the filters.
This isn’t just an issue in less damp environments, but also
throughout the more arid season of winter. And of course, if your HVAC unit has leaking ductwork attracting the
drier wintry air out of the attic, you are likely forming particularly
welcoming conditions for dust within your home.
properly sealing the ducts, the most effective defense from really dry air is
using a good humidifier within the home. For those living in extremely arid
climates, it is worth looking into a whole-home humidifier, which sometimes
also assist in preserving furniture, floors, and trim made of wood.
All of these tips could help you minimize the volume of dust inside your home, nevertheless they will not totally relieve you of your dusting duties. That being said, when you take on the task again, use this secret to help: change the thermostat’s fan setting into the “on” position. As long as the filter is clear, it is going to capture the majority of the dust that gets pulled up. Just be sure you return it to the “auto” position once you are done.
If you have exhausted all of our how-to tips, or simply feel you need or would prefer an experienced AC technician to do the job for you, contact the skilled professionals at EasyBreezy A/C Services today!