Do you need an effective strategy for eliminating dust from your home and improving indoor air quality? Implementing the tips below should help you get a handle on problematic pollutants such as dust, dander and more.
- Use a better furnace filter – As the air in your home circulates through the furnace system, the filter traps dust particles and other pollutants. If you have a standard fiberglass filter installed, however, it’s probably only catching the largest dust particles. For better control over indoor air quality, use a pleated filter with an electrostatic charge, or work with your contractor to select a filter with a high Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating that will trap smaller particles while promoting proper airflow through the furnace.
- Trap dust – When you clean, using a dry cloth simply moves dust around; instead, use a material that permanently traps dust in its material, like a Swiffer or damp cloth.
- Use the furnace fan – When you turn on your vacuum, it likely has an agitator that sweeps up dust and an exhaust air vent. These two components help the vacuum operate properly, but they also stir up dust, causing it to rest on the surfaces around the home. Running the furnace fan while you clean will better allow the trapping of dust particles that are stirred up by the vacuum. With the fan on, air in the home will move through the furnace filter, where some of the dust will get caught.
- Consider air purification – Multiple options exist in terms of air purifiers that promote improved indoor air quality. Mechanical filtration includes High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtering systems, the best MERV-rated filter available. HEPA systems trap almost the smallest of particles that exist in the air. Alternatively, a high-end air purifier will use multiple technologies to attack nearly all classes of contaminants, including particles, bioaerosols, and chemical vapors and odors.
Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing has served homeowners in greater Indianapolis since 1970 with quality HVAC services. Give us a call today to find out more about improving indoor air quality or selecting an air purifier.
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