Have you ever woken up one day and noticed that your home is particularly dusty? Maybe you can’t remember the last time you wiped down the surfaces, but it still doesn’t seem like your home should be quite this dusty. High dust levels can actually be caused by your air conditioner or heater.
And dust isn’t just an inconvenience. Dust is made up of dirt, pollen, dust mites, and many other contaminants that can impact your health. If dusting your home seems like a never-ending task, then you may need a whole house air cleaner. Learn more about the signs that an air cleaner would be a great investment for your family and home.
How Does Dust Form?
Experts estimate that around 60% of the dust in your home comes from the outside. You bring in pollen on your shoes, clothes, and even your hair. Every time you change clothes or move around, this pollen spreads into your home. You can also bring in other contaminants such as dirt, moss, sand, smoking residue, and pretty much anything else you can think of that lives outside.
The rest of the dust in your home comes from within. If you live in a humid area, you’re more likely to have dust mites because they thrive in humid environments. And since dust mites consume dust, the more dust that you have, the more likely it is that dust mites are present.
If you have pets, they can also compound your dust problem. Their dander and fur can add to the dust in your home. Many people also believe that dead skin is a large contributor to dust. But it actually isn’t as impactful as you might believe. The problem with skin and dust is that skin attracts contaminants that can increase dust and make it bad for your health.
The larger problem is food debris. It’s easy to spill crumbs when you eat, and forgetting to clean them up can exacerbate your dust problem. Not only does food contribute to dust, but it also attracts bugs. Those bugs can leave droppings that end up in the dust that collects on the surfaces of your home.
Improving Air Quality
There’s good news when it comes to having high levels of dust inside your home. You don’t have to accept the problem. You can do something about it. An indoor air purifier can remove many of the allergens from your air that contribute to dust.
But that’s not enough. If you’ve been dealing with dust for a long time, then it has likely built up inside your HVAC system too. It’s important to schedule service to clean out the inside of your system so that the dust does not continue to blow into your home every time the heater or air conditioner turns on.
Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning is your trusted resource for Chicagoland area home services. Contact us today!