When you close up your home against seasonal cold or heat, you also reduce the amount of ventilation and fresh air getting to your living spaces. In this restricted environment, the amount of dust in your indoor air could increase. You could see more dust on your shelves and furniture, and may experience dust-related aggravation of allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions.

Keeping your indoor air dust-free requires some extra attention and effort, but the results can be fresher air in your home and a more comfortable living area. Here are some tips for reducing the amount of dust inside your home.

  • Remove clutter – Shelves full of souvenirs, figurines, or other small items attract dust and make it difficult to clean them and the shelves they’re on. Pack some of these items away and keep shelves accessible for easy dusting. Display special items inside a closed glass case or shelf.
  • Clean electronics – Televisions, computers, DVD players, stereos and other home electronics readily attract dust, so clean them often, front and back.
  • Wipe down appliances – Refrigerators, clothes dryers and other appliances quickly accumulate dust behind and on top of them, and on their back panels. Wipe these areas clear of dust regularly. Keeping these items dust-free will increase their useful life.
  • Clean, dust and vacuum bedrooms – Dust is produced in part by our dead skin cells, and by tiny particles and fibers from our clothing, blankets and bed linens. Dust and vacuum your bedroom at least as often as you do your living room.
  • Clean soft furniture – Carpets, curtains and upholstered sofas and chairs accumulate a lot of dust. Clean and vacuum these items regularly.
  • Use a system – When cleaning and dusting, be methodical and use a system that covers every area in the room. For example, dust from one side of the room to the other, then vacuum in the same sequence.

For 40 years, Acosta Heating & Cooling has been providing professional HVAC services to customers in Charlotte and surrounding areas. Contact us today for more information on reducing dust, increasing your home’s ventilation and improving indoor air quality.