Sunday, December 29, 2013 / by Alicia Angstadt
If you are like most people, dust is a part of life. Regardless of how much or how often you clean, it still has a way of popping up when and where you least expect it. In addition to being a visual nuisance, dust can also aggravate an allergy condition that may be giving sufferers something to sneeze about. But, don’t fret; you can reduce the dust in your home with a little footwork and a lot of knowhow.
Run A Tight Ship
Dust comes from many places, including the outdoor environment. If you really want to reduce the dust in your home, keep your windows and doors tightly closed. If you have an air conditioner, use it to keep your house cool in the summer rather than opening up your windows. The fresh air may smell good, but it could be bringing much more into your home than meets the eye.
Check Your Vents
You can help to significantly reduce the dust in your home by stopping it where it starts. Specifically, check the air vent covers in every room and vacuum the vents in order to prevent dust from being circulated into the air.
Cleaning The Air
Did you know that allergy sufferers can experience symptoms all year long? During the winter, the indoor air can become stale and dry. In the summer, the air is full of pollen and other elements that aggravate allergies, but you may be able to ease those symptoms by using portable air cleaners in every room. These handy units plug into any standard electrical outlet and can help to filter out some common allergens, including dust, that may cause the sniffles. Be sure to change the filters in your air cleaner(s) as recommended by the manufacturer or as needed.
Step On It
We all know that dust gathers in corners or on surfaces that aren’t regularly used, but did you also know that carpet is the perfect haven for dust? Despite the fact that you walk on it every day, dust can attach to the carpet fibers and create a significant problem. If you have a lot of carpet in your home, you can do one of two things to reduce the presence of dust. First and foremost, vacuuming regularly can help to remove some of the dust and other dirt buildup that may be hiding in your floor covering. Although it may seem drastic, your second option would be to consider switching to alternative flooring, such as hardwood, tile or vinyl.