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Wipe Out Dust and Improve Indoor Air Quality

Posted by: Cooper MechanicalThursday, July 25, 2019

Dust and indoor air quality

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is directly tied to the health and comfort of a home or building's occupants. Dust can exacerbate allergies, respiratory issues, and other health issues. 

But what exactly is dust and where does it come from? It's kind of gross to think about, but dust is the accumulation of dead skin, pet fur, decomposing insects, organic fibers from clothes, particulate matter from cooking, tracked in soil and more. Dust is a hodgepodge of all types of particulates, and removing dust from your home or building can make you healthier and happier.

In addition to dusting and sweeping regularly, here are some tips to minimize dust in the home or workplace.

Change Your HVAC Filter

The average HVAC filter lasts 1-2 months, depending on the number of occupants in your home, pets, lifestyle, etc. Filters trap particulates, removing them from the air you breathe. As dust, debris, and microscopic particles build up in your filter, it starts to restrict air flow, which can lead to poor ventilation, HVAC efficiency, and even higher utility bills. 

We've written a lot in previous posts about how to choose an air filter, air filter subscription services, and HEPA filters for those with severe allergies or asthma. 

Wipe Down Ceiling Fans

When ceiling fan blades aren't spinning, they are collecting dust. Turn it back on and you sling all kinds of particulates into the air and around the room. To remove the dust, use a damp microfiber cloth and wipe them down. If your fans are high, use an extension pole with an attachment. Be sure to vacuum the area below the fan afterward to pick up any dust that's fallen to the floor.

Consider Wood or Laminate Over Carpet

Okay, not many people are going to tear out carpeting to cut down on dust, but if you are building or considering switching, wood or laminates are better in the dust category. Dust clings to woven fabrics, making it harder to see and remove with carpeting. You won't eliminate dust with hardwood or laminate, but it can't cling, so it's easily seen and swept up.

Have Indoor Air Quality or Ventilation Issues?

Cooper Mechanical Services is the Myrtle Beach area's solution to HVAC problems. Let our team visit your home or workplace to diagnose and solve your ventilation or indoor air quality problems. Don't let poor indoor air quality affect your health, especially if you are prone to respiratory issues and allergies. Call Cooper or use our online contact form to speak with a ventilation and IAQ professional today.