Solutions for Excess Dust
Find Out Where YOUR Home is Losing Energy:
Your home is excessively dusty. You're worried about the health risks, and want to get the problem under control.
Dust comes from many places - even our own skin - and can never be eliminated entirely. But, there are some common culprits for excessive dust, and ways to deal with them.
- Outside dirt is often the largest source of household dust. Removing shoes at the front door can greatly reduce the amount of dust that accumulates in your home.
- Are you doing anything in your home that might lead to excessive dust, like sanding, building or crafts? It may seem obvious, but many activities produce dust, and dust travels all over the house even when doors are closed.
- Replace (or clean) the filters for your air conditioner and furnace every month, or follow the manufacturer's instructions if different. Once the filter has been replaced, seal the opening with tape to keep dust from escaping. Mark the date on the tape so you know when the filter was changed.
- Overfilled vacuum cleaner bags can spew dust directly into all rooms of your home. Check your vacuum cleaner bag and replace as needed.
- Leaks in air ducts - especially the return ducts - can blow dusty air throughout your home. Sealing holes in ductwork will also save energy. A home energy assessment will show you where you can increase your comfort and save energy in your home. Schedule a home energy assessment. If you're thinking about having your ducts cleaned to reduce household dust, see the EPA's Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned?.
- A clothes dryer that doesn't vent to the outside, has holes in the dryer duct or has a loose-fitting duct can add dust and lint to your home (and create humidity issues and mold problems). Make sure the dryer duct is attached securely and has no holes that allow air to leak out. Clear the duct of any obstructions, and remember to clean it at least once a year. Replace damaged ducts with a new metal duct.
- Air leaks in your home can let in dusty air. Sealing air leaks will also help you save on your energy bill.
Home Energy Problems & Solutions:
- Reduce High Energy Bills Energy Efficiency, Home Improvement Tools
- Mold, Mildew or Musty Odors Reducing Indoor Humidity
- Damp Basement Stop water leaks, Ventilation Fans
- Cold Floors in Winter Basement floor, Floor over a crawlspace
- Drafty Rooms Air sealing, Heating and Cooling Contractor
- Dust Sealing air leaks, Change Filters
- Moisture on Windows Control Moisture, ENERGY STAR Labeled Windows
- Ice Dams Roofing Contractor, Diagnostic Equipment
- Peeling Paint Control moisture, Building Science Specialist
- Hot or Cold Rooms Room over a garage, ENERGY STAR ceiling fans
- Dry Indoor Air in Winter Home Sealing, Diagnostic Equipment
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