How To Prevent Dust In Your South Jersey Home
Dust isn’t only a spring-cleaning concern! In fact, you should probably pay more attention to it in the winter — and the summer, for that matter. Those are the seasons when you keep the windows closed all time while running your heating and cooling system. When you do that, you make it much easier for dust to build up in your home.
Sure, a regular cleaning schedule gets rid of plenty of dust and other airborne particles in your home. You’ll breathe better, and your house will feel cleaner. But, don’t stop there!
In this article, we’re focusing on how our heating and cooling system helps keep your dust-free — particularly in the wintertime.
That’s when the heater is running and the windows stay shut. But, people are still tracking in dirt, dust, germs, and more.
So, we’re presenting a mix of professional products and DIY strategies to help keep your Upper Township, NJ home dust-free. If you have any questions or want to learn more about the products and services we talk about here, call or email us at Broadley’s for a free consultation in South Jersey.
Five Ways Your Heating And Cooling System Can Help Get Rid of Dust
Here are five ways your heating and cooling system can help reduce the amount of dust in you home this winter:
- Change Your Air Filter
- Clean Out the Vents
- Get A Furnace Tune-Up
- Use An Air Purifier
- Install A Fresh Air Power Ventilator
Change Your Air Filter
You should change your air filter every month regardless of whether you’re looking for more ways to keep your home clean. But, it’s important to mention since that’s the reason you have one in the first place.
The filter traps dust, dirt, and other contaminants as they pass through your HVAC system. If you leave it in too long, it gets clogged.
When that happens, you end up with weak air circulation because the blower on your furnace can’t push the air through it. Meanwhile, you get more dust in the house because there’s too much build-up on the screen and more of it starts seeping through.
If you ever pull out the filter and find the screen is grey instead of white, it’s been in there too long.
Clean Out the Vents
Dust accumulates inside your vents during the months when you’re not using your heating and cooling system. Then, when you turn on your heater, the dust blows through the house.
Avoid this by cleaning on and around each vent using a damp cloth. This process picks up everything that’s accumulated.
You don’t need to remove the vent — it’s tough to get it back on properly. Instead, spray some disinfectant in there to take care of any microorganisms that have also set up shop.
Get A Furnace Tune-Up
Early fall is the best time for a furnace tune-up. Regardless of our topic here, you should have this HVAC service done annually. It keeps your system in great shape, and that means fewer breakdowns, lower energy bills, and better heat.
It also makes a difference when it comes to dust.
Dirt and debris build up inside the system when the fans aren’t blowing. And, escapes through the ductwork and vents as soon as you fire up the furnace.
You can’t clean this stuff without taking the system apart — which, to put it lightly, we don’t recommend. But, a tune-up includes a cleaning that safely reaches all these components.
Use An Air Purifier
When we say “Air Purifier,” we’re not talking about the one you get at the drugstore or off Amazon. Some of those are great, but they only treat one room. We mean an appliance that attaches to your HVAC system and treats the entire house.
We talk at length about them here. But, the bottom line is they get rid of dust along with microorganisms and even viruses.
Install A Fresh Air Power Ventilator
Fresh air power ventilators work with your home’s HVAC system and cycle fresh air through the house. They aren’t as well-known as purifiers, but we think that’ll change over the next year.
Once you’re running your heating and cooling system, you’re sealing off the house. Forced-air or even ductless systems treat the air that’s already inside.
But, fresh air has amazing effects on your indoor air quality. It literally sweeps away so many contaminants, from dust and dirt to mold spores and viruses.
The power ventilator brings in the fresh air from outside but uses a heat transfer process so that you don’t lose all the warmth your furnace has been generating.
These are the residential version of ERVs in commercial buildings, which we explain in more detail here.
HVAC Service Near Upper Township, NJ
We’ve covered DIY tactics and HVAC services for reducing dust in your Upper Township home. It’s probably not practical for you to buy everything we mentioned here, and you may not need them all anyway. But we can help you make the best decisions for your home.
Call or email us at Broadley’s today! Starting with a free consultation, we’ll assess your home and your unique needs. Then, we’ll help you build the perfect indoor air quality strategy for your home.