Of all the household chores, dusting may be the most frustrating. You wipe down furniture, countertops, even baseboards all over the house. A day or, in some cases, only a few hours later it seems there’s already more dust build-up. Why does this happen and is there a way to prevent (or at least reduce) it?

VACUUMING

Of course, vacuuming helps clean your carpet, but it can actually cause just as many problems as it solves. That’s because you’re stirring up all the dust and dust mites that have settled on the carpet, and sending them into the air. From there they land on your furniture (or even worse, in your nose)! In general, hardwood or tile floors are better at keeping the dust away, but if you’ve got carpet throughout your home, there is a solution. Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA rated filter. HEPA stands for “High-Efficiency Particulate Rate” and means you’ll capture a majority of dust in the vacuum instead of letting it escape.

AIR FILTERS

If your A/C evaporator coil gets dusty…you’re toast! It will send dusty air throughout your home. This happens when you don’t have the proper type of filters. If it seems like your filters don’t get dusty, but your bedroom furniture does, that could be an indicator that your filters aren’t catching the dust they should. You can fix this by making sure your filters have a higher MERV rating. But beware – a better filter will get dirty sooner, which means it also needs to be changed more often. Not doing so could damage your HVAC unit.

AIR DUCT LEAKS

If there are tears or leaks in your duct system, not only will they decrease airflow, they could also pull dust from the attic into your living spaces. If you notice that some rooms are hotter or colder than others, or you can’t feel the air coming from the vents, you possibly have air duct leaks. 

HOW WE CAN HELP WITH DUST

The Bosworth Company can help by running a pressure test on your ducts to determine where the air is escaping or dust is getting in. If you are ready to make an appointment, give us a call at 830-428-2764 or schedule an appointment online. The Bosworth Company. Worth the Call. Always!