Breath Easy: Reduce Household Dust to Improve Air Quality

Breath Easy: Reduce Household Dust to Improve Air QualityJust as pollen and spores in outdoor air can cause problems for allergy sufferers, dust and dust mites can cause problems in indoor air. Most of the dust in your household comes from people and fabric. While it is not possible to completely eliminate this threat to your air quality, there are ways to reduce household dust. Consider the following:

  • Keep closets organized: Your clothes shed tiny fibers that are a big part of your dust problem. This is impossible to prevent, but by keeping your closets organized you will make them easier to clean, which can reduce the amount of dust in your home. Plastic containers are a good solution since they keep the dust fibers locked in and out of your air.
  • Clean your indoor air as you clean your home: When you sweep or vacuum, you are sending up clouds of dust into your air. This dust will eventually accumulate on surfaces throughout your home. Filter out some of that dust by switching your thermostat to “fan on” as you clean and then leave it on for about 15 minutes after you are finished cleaning.
  • Change bedding once a week: Your bed is another major source of the dust in your indoor air. Consider the fact that it not only puts out its own fibers, but it also collects your skin flakes. Those skin flakes are a part of your household dust and also feed the microscopic dust mites that live in your bedding. Their feces contain a very potent allergen and are yet another component of the dust in your air. Your bedding releases dust into the air every time you roll over. Help to reduce this problem by washing your sheets and pillowcases on a weekly basis.

If you would like to know more about how to reduce household dust and improve your indoor air quality, contact us at Davis Air Conditioning. We provide HVAC services to southwest Oklahoma residents.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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