What can you do about a dusty house? Well the first thing I can suggest is to shut your windows. Dust and dirt comes into your home two ways: through your windows and doors and on your shoes. Having every one take their shoes off at the front door will stop a lot of dust and dirt from making it into your home. If this doesn’t seem like that big of a contributor to the problem, look at this way: if you wear your shoes in the house, your carpet acts like a big rag wiping all the dirt from the soles of your shoes.
Where does the dirt go?
Nowhere! It will stay in the carpet until you are forced to vacuum and scrub it clean. The only other time the dust and dirt is disturbed is when you or your other family members walk across the carpet. This movement makes the dust airborne and allows it to land on the coffee table, TV, and basically every other surface in the home.
Window Screens Do Help
Having screens on your windows will help keep the dust down a little bit, but it will not completely stop it from coming into your home. In my home, we have fiberglass screens on our windows. Every few weeks we take them down and hose them off. By the amount of dirt that comes off of them, it is obvious that large amounts of dirt and dust are trying to enter my home. I hope that they are stopping most of it from getting into our house, but with the amount of dirt and dust we clean up on a weekly basis, I would guess not! We finally decided to start taking more steps towards a cleaner home.
4 Steps towards a Dust-Free Home:
1. Step One: The first step was to remove all of the carpet in every room. We have just a few throw rugs at the front and back doors, and these rugs are easily thrown in the wash for cleaning.
2. Step Two: The second step we took was to seal the concrete floor and walls in the basement. Yep, all of the floors and walls in the basement are sealed or painted. Now there isn’t any concrete dust being circulated through home.
3. Step Three: All of the things we did cut back on the amount of dusting we had to do. The biggest and most important change we made was to get our ducts cleaned and to install a cartridge media filter in our furnace. The duct cleaning got rid of the dirt that was already in our house. The dust had been building up inside the ducts over the years. Every time the furnace kicked on dust would come out of our vents. After we had Four Seasons perform a professional duct cleaning in our home, however, this problem was no more!
4. Step Four: Finally, we started using the new cartridge filter. This removed nearly all of the leftover dust from the air. These filters come in different grades, and can take out particles as small as pollen, dust mites, and regular run of the mill dust. This combination of clean ducts and a cartridge filter worked well for us, and it can work well for you too.
Investments in the Future
The only change I think I should make in the future is to upgrade the furnace to a variable speed model. Variable speed furnaces are made to circulate the air 24/7. That in conjunction with the 20X25X5 media filter would probably keep the home as clean as my grandmothers’ house always was. The constant circulation of air allows the filter more exposure to air that needs to be cleaned, and therefore leads to improved indoor air quality! I know that all of this may sound a bit confusing, but luckily, you have Four Seasons there to help you eliminate the excessive dust problem in your home.