If you’ve ever dusted your furniture only to have it be covered in dust again after a few hours, you know how frustrating indoor dust can be. Made up of millions of particles from a variety of sources, dust is impossible to eradicate completely.

This is especially true when you consider that a large portion of dust is made up of dead skin cells, something your body is losing on a constant basis. Even though dust will always be a part of your Oak Harbor home, there are some steps that we at Island Heating & Air Conditioning can offer to help you to keep the dust at bay. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

Use a High-Quality Furnace Filter

One of your best allies in the fight against dust in your house is your HVAC system. As the system circulates air to condition it, the air is pulled through a filter that stops dust in its tracks.

The types of dust that the filter can capture are determined by the filter’s MERV rating. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. Essentially, this refers to how tightly wound the filter fibers are, which ultimately determines the size of particles that can be stopped by the filter.

Therefore, if you want to remove more dust with your HVAC system, it makes sense to upgrade to a filter with a higher MERV rating. We at Island Heating & Air Conditioning offer an important note, though. The higher a filter’s MERV rating is, the harder your HVAC system has to work to pull air through the filter. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that your HVAC system can handle the extra load that an upgraded filter will put on it to prevent your system from malfunctioning.

Change Your Bedding More Often

As mentioned, one of the largest sources of dust is dead skin cells. Therefore, if you can control how many dead skin cells are released into your residence, you can help to control the amount of dust that’s floating around. One great way to do this is to change your bedding more often.

As you sleep, your sheets and other bedding are exposed to your skin for hours on end. This means that your bedding collects large amounts of dead skin cells, which are then released into your home’s air the next time you get into bed. If you regularly wash your bedding, though, you can wash many of these dead skin cells down the drain, greatly reducing the amount of dust in your house.

Kiss Your Carpet Goodbye

Another great way to reduce the dust in your residence is to eliminate one of its collection points: carpet. While dust can certainly collect on hard floors, carpet allows dust to settle deep in its fibers, piling up even when you vacuum. Then, when you disturb the carpet, the dust is released, creating a dust cloud that can cause dirty furniture and sneezing family members.

With this in mind, it’s a good idea to try and eliminate as much carpet as possible in your home. Even in bedrooms, where it’s nice to have carpet to keep your feet warm, we at Island Heating & Air Conditioning recommend simply putting a rug under your bed rather than having your entire room carpeted. The other side of this is the proper cleaning of your hard floors. Be sure to use a cleaning device that holds on to the dust rather than disturbing it, causing it to fly into the air.

Use an Air Purifier

If, after employing these tips, your house is still dusty, you can try a more straightforward method: an air purifier. Air purifiers from Island Heating & Air Conditioning can clean the air throughout your home. Or, if you prefer, you can choose an air purifier that only cleans a single room at a time. All types of air purifiers use HEPA filtration to remove even small particles of dust, allowing you to breathe easier. When installed correctly, a whole-home air purifier can also help to keep your HVAC system clean as well as your indoor air.

Of course, when installing an air purifier or any type of HVAC equipment, it’s important to trust the pros who care at Island Heating & Air Conditioning. With more than 35 years of experience, you can be sure that you’ll receive excellent results when you trust us with your heating and cooling needs. We can perform maintenance and repairs on both furnaces and air conditioners, and our team can install new systems if your old one can’t be repaired.

We’re proud to have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to excellence and integrity. Moreover, our five-star reviews from happy customers speak to the individualized service we provide to each person we serve. Some of our other service offerings include geothermal systems, smart thermostats with zoning capability, energy calculations, indoor air quality assessments, and much more. If you need assistance with your HVAC system, give us a call at Island Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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June 6, 2020 3:28 am