When we turn up the thermostat and crank the heat during those cold, dry months of the year, the indoor air quality in a building can change completely. The indication that this is happening for the worse, not the better, is dust accumulation. It can build up considerably to the point where a weekly wipe-down of furniture and knick-knacks doesn’t seem to be enough. Using a true HEPA vacuum will help reduce respirable airborne particulates indoors. Aside from your regular cleaning and damp-wiping, here are some ways you can bid those pesky dust bunnies farewell and enjoy a cleaner, healthier indoor environment this winter.
Increase the Frequency of Furnace Filter Changes
If you’re willing to spend a bit more on spare filters, this step can greatly reduce the amount of dust present in the air. During the winter months, your furnace is working hard, and the same applies to any filters installed. Replacing them more frequently reduces the risk of them getting blocked earlier than planned, especially if your conditions are too dry (more on this shortly). Going three months without a filter change may be pushing your luck – and making your filter’s ability to do its job three times harder. Also, make sure to check vents and exhausts for blockages.
Maintain 30 to 35 Percent Relative Humidity
Based on the extensive research and studies carried out over the years, you should target a minimum of 30 to 35 percent relative humidity. The temperature should hover around the early 70s Fahrenheit (use Celsius). This helps to suppress the accumulation of dust, and airborne particles will settle rather than float through the airstream due to the optimal air moisture weight.
An air purifier with a replaceable filter cartridge is capable of absorbing dust particles. We recommend investing in a high-quality, reliable, and well-rated model that incorporates a HEPA filter. This enables for the best possible purification performance.
Need further assistance with suppressing dust? Our professionally trained and experienced team is happy to help by performing an indoor air quality inspection. Afterwards, we’ll make well-informed recommendations on how best to tackle the dust in your home or business. Feel free to reach out to us for more details or to schedule our services.