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Dust In Your Home

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)Dust within your home can aggravate your allergies. Household dust has been known to be the main source of exposure to allergens such as fungi, dust mites, pet dander, and chemical pollutants.

Children ingest and inhale more dust than adults. Because children breathe faster, they inhale 50% more air per pound of body weight. They also put their hands in their mouth often, which increases their exposure through ingestion.

By reducing the accumulation of dust in your home, you can reduce your exposure to allergens. This helps to prevent allergy symptoms or asthma attacks. Many dust catchers include books and magazines, antique furniture, as well as venetian blinds and heavy draperies.

Removing wall-to-wall carpet and as many dust producing items from your home can also help reduce dust exposure. Encase mattresses and pillows with “mite-proof” coverings. Additionally, wash all bed linens regularly using hot water.

Dust thrives in humid areas of your home. Be sure to use a Fort Lauderdale air conditioning unit or dehumidifier to keep humidity in your home below 50%. You may also want to invest in a humidity gauge to monitor humidity levels.

Pet dander is also a significant source of allergies for many people. Wash your pet with water at least once a week. This may help to remove any surface allergens and possibly reduce the amount of dander that can stick to other household dust catchers.

If you suffer from allergies and are dust sensitive, you should avoid vacuuming or dusting to lessen contact with dust allergens. When cleaning, use electrostatically-charged cleaning cloths and mops that attract and hold the dust to keep it from becoming airborne.

A high performance filter in the central air conditioning system can remove 90% or more of the dust from the air as it functions. Change the filter at least every three months to keep the air clean, and have the duct system cleaned and checked routinely for leaks. Air purifiers, especially in your bedroom, are also helpful in controlling dust.

House dust is one of the most dominant allergy triggers in any home, so keeping a clean home is extremely important for your family’s health safety. Achieve a dust-free home with professional duct cleaning services and home AC repair Fort Lauderdale services.