Amarillo generally enjoys temperate summer weather, but unfortunately, summer breezes can also bring dust that can aggravate allergies. Fortunately, there are many ways you can reduce dust in your home this summer, alleviating allergy symptoms and improving your indoor air quality.
Household Dust Issues
Dust can worsen allergy symptoms, trigger asthma attacks and cause a variety of other issues, including itchy eyes, coughing and a runny nose. Dust is made up of a wide range of particles, including dead skin cells, insect waste, fabric fibers, mold spores, pet dander, household chemicals and others. Unfortunately, there’s no way to completely eliminate dust, but there are plenty of ways to keep it under control.
How to Reduce Dust
- Clean or change your air conditioner and furnace filters once a month or whenever they get dirty. Consider upgrading to a high-efficiency or pleated air filter to trap more and smaller particles.
- Reduce clutter and keep your home as clean as you can. Vacuum thick carpets, upholstered furniture and heavy drapes frequently to keep them dust-free. Wash blankets, clothes and towels in at least 130-degree water to kill dust mites.
- Check your clothes dryer’s vent duct to make sure it is vented directly outside, and that there are no leaks, tears or loose connections that might be releasing dust into your home.
- Take your shoes off when you enter your home to avoid tracking dust inside. If you have pets that come in and out, brush them off outside before you let them in.
- Inspect your HVAC ducts for leaks. Leaky ductwork can release dust into your home, and also makes your heating and cooling system less efficient.
To learn more about how you can reduce dust – and for all your air quality needs – contact Amarillo Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving Amarillo since 1960.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about reducing dust and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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