3 Tips To Prevent Dust In Your Home

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In the urban Los Angeles area, indoor dust carries not just dirt, but also pollutants from factory emissions and car exhaust. While you might not be able to avoid these pollutants outside, there’s a lot you can do to keep them out of your home.

Improve your air sealing – The little gaps and cracks around your windows, doors, and elsewhere let in dust as well as hot, humid air in summer and chilly drafts in winter. Sealing them can improve your indoor air quality and your home’s energy efficiency. Apply caulk around non-moving surfaces such as window frames and wiring entry points, and weatherstripping around moving surfaces such as the bottom of window sashes. Closing your windows on windy days also helps keep dust out.

Clear away the dust magnets – The more knick-knacks, stacks of paper, and other clutter you have, the more places there are for dust to hide. To reduce indoor dust, keep your surfaces as clear as possible. Minimizing the amount of soft furnishings in your home and replacing your wall-to-wall carpets with hard flooring will help, too. When you clean, use microfiber cloths and mops. These pick up dust rather than move it around. If possible, use a vacuum fit with a HEPA filter.

Invest in a better air filter – If you’re still using 1-inch fiberglass air filters in your heating and cooling system, you’re missing out on a good opportunity to clean your home’s air. Low-efficiency filters are designed only to protect your HVAC system and can’t trap the tiny debris particles that can enter your lungs. For cleaner air, choose filters with MERVs of 5 to 12. If you have allergies, go with a filter of MERV 10 to 12. Change your air filter on schedule to prevent built up dust from re-circulating in your air. You’ll find the change schedule recommended for your filter type on the product’s packaging.