How to Reduce Household Dust and Improve Air Quality
Pet hair, dander and pollen can all make you miserable, but chronic sufferers of allergy attacks will tell you that the biggest culprit is household dust. It seems like a never-ending battle, but performing a few chores regularly can help you reduce household dust and minimize allergic reactions, helping you breathe more easily.
Tips to Reduce Household Dust and Boost IAQ
- Use garment bags, clear plastic storage containers and wire shelves to eliminate closet clutter and prevent fibers from shedding off of clothing.
- Change bedding weekly to eliminate the fibers and skin flakes that constantly whirl around the bed.
- Use cleaning supplies that capture dust with an electrostatic charge rather than whisking it around like old-fashioned dusters and rags.
- Use a good vacuum cleaner with an agitating brush and a HEPA filter to clean deep into the fibers of the carpet.
- Take cushions and rugs outside for a thorough beating.
- Turn your HVAC system to “fan on” to help eliminate the dust you kick up while cleaning. Keep it running while you’re doing chores and for a few minutes after you’re finished to filter out the dust in the air before it settles back on the surfaces you just cleaned.
- Select air filters for your HVAC system with a good MERV rating. The greatest level of filtration may put an undue strain on your system, so be sure to consult a professional to help you determine your best options.
A MERV rating between 9 and 12 is likely your best choice to reduce household dust while maintaining sufficient airflow. Change disposable air filters at least once a month to ensure optimal airflow while filtering out as much dust as possible.
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