Tips for Reducing Airborne Dust in Your Home
Most people don’t give much thought to dust. It may be an inconvenience, but it’s not dangerous, right? In actuality, dust is a danger, and removing it from a home is an essential part of maintaining strong long-term health. The reason why dust is a problem is that it acts as a sponge. That sponge traps a wide range of pollutants and then re releases them into the air slowly, over time. The pollutants that dust particles can trap include viruses, toxic chemicals, mold spores, pollen, fabric fibers, pet dander, dead skin cells and dust mite waste, which is the leading cause of allergic rhinitis.
The key to dust control is a regular cleaning regimen, but one must also be careful with conventional cleaning because it can actually stir the dust and exacerbate any problems that the dust is responsible for, such as allergies or an asthma attack.
Airborne dust can also irritate air passages in people who do not suffer from allergies and asthma and are otherwise healthy. In fact, dust can lead to health problems in healthy people, and contaminated dust can be directly responsible for the onset of allergies or even asthma.
Such negative health effects include respiratory problems, allergic reactions and asthmatic episodes. This threat is particularly significant in high-risk groups, such as infants, the elderly and pregnant women. It can seem impossible to battle dust, but there are a few tips you can follow to help eliminate the amount of dust in your home such as:
- Stop particles from entering at the door. Place a heavy duty welcome mat at the door that traps dirt and take shoes off when entering your home. This will keep some dust particles from ever being introduced into the environment. Make sure all mats and rugs are cleaned regularly to avoid a buildup of dust that will make them inefficient and defeat the purpose.
- Reduce the amount of knick-knacks and figurines on display. Having a number of figurines out as decorations in your home creates more nooks and crannies for dust to rest on and can be impossible to keep clean.
- Seal air leaks and keep the humidity in your home at about 50 percent. Sealing air leaks helps to close off potential entrances for dust particles and a balance of humidity helps lower static electricity which can cause dust to stick to surfaces and be harder to clean.
- Consider switching to hardwood floors. Carpets trap dust and can be difficult to clean thoroughly, but hardwood floors allow dust to float freely around the room, so it is important to consider the pros and cons of both materials before making a final decision.
- Vacuum often and thoroughly. Regardless if you have hardwood floors or carpet, it is important to keep the floors clean. Be sure you are using the proper vacuum for the job; carpets need a vacuum with a powerful agitator, while a vacuum with no agitator or one that can be turned off is necessary for hardwood floors.
- Use a vacuum cleaner that contains a HEPA filter. This type of vacuum captures fine particles and allergens, and prevents them from being redistributed back into the room's air. Look for quality brands such as Miele or Riccar.
- Take proper care of bedding and draperies. Comforters and curtains are often overlooked when cleaning and can be prime spots for dust to accumulate. Be sure to include them in your regular cleaning routine to reduce dust build up.
- Make it a habit of grooming your pets on a regular basis. Pets that shed add to the dust in your home and this can be reduced by brushing as you trap their hairs in the brush before they shed into the environment.
While these tips are all helpful, they can be overwhelming to follow, especially with all the other demands life throws at you. Alongside a regular cleaning regimen, a HEPA air purifier from a reputable manufacturer is an excellent solution to keeping dust in your home under control. HEPA air purifiers work by filtering out airborne particles as small as 1/25,400 of an inch, including dust, dander, mold spores, pollen, viruses and bacteria. As the air passes through the HEPA filtration media, the particles become embedded and remain trapped there. The air purifier then re-circulates clean, healthy air into the home, and there isn’t any opportunity for contaminants to seep into the air, as happens when dust is not filtered.
Why wage an endless battle against dust? HEPA air purifiers can overcome the dust challenge and reduce or even eliminate the most severe dust allergies even in high-dust environments.
- Administration Staff