Looking for a solution to cut down on house dust.

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We replace filters monthly and have had the ducts cleaned. We feel we are missing something, any ideas?

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  • Dfm Dfm on Feb 02, 2018
    Have you checked the duct work to see if the joins are taped up? Any small holes? Have you caulked windows and doors. Base boards on exterior walls?
  • Molly Anmar Molly Anmar on Feb 02, 2018
    What kind of flooring do you have? Carpets/rugs can be very dusty.

    While it's impossible to completely rid your home of dust, here are some easy tips for keeping it at bay.
    1. Change your bedding once a week. Dust mites love to dwell in sheets, pillows and mattresses. Encasing your mattress and box spring in an allergen-proof cover, in conjunction with washing your bedding once a week, should be enough to keep bug-a-boos at bay.
    2. Keep tidy closets. Garments stored in closets shed lots of fiber. So unless you want a blast of dust confetti each time you open the closet door, it's best to store things in garment bags, plastic containers and boxes.
    3. Remove clutter from floors. Don't ignore piles of clothing, toys, magazines, books or anything else on the floor. Cleaning around them won't take care of the dust that has settled in or around them.
    4. Say "no" to carpeting. It may look gorgeous, but carpeted floors are high-maintenance and magnets for dust mites. They should be vacuumed daily, but even that may not be enough for people with severe allergies. If you're attached to your carpet, consider investing in a vacuum cleaner with a double-layered microfilter bag or a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which prevents dust from being re-introduced into the air. Otherwise, stick to hardwood, vinyl, linoleum or tile flooring.
    5. Take it outside. Dust from area rugs and pillows should be beaten outdoors.
    6. Duster do's and don'ts. Feather dusters only aggravate existing dust and cause it to settle elsewhere around your home. Instead, use a damp cloth or moist towelette to wipe down surfaces.
    7. Clean from top to bottom. Clean the highest surfaces first and work your way down, so you capture any dust you missed.
    8. Air purifiers. If you have severe allergies or asthma symptoms, an air purifier can be very beneficial — but that doesn't mean you can ditch the duster! While they filter dust particles, they don't take care of dust mites (since they're not airborne). Also, for an air purifier to be effective, you'll need one for each room.
  • Amanda Amanda on Feb 02, 2018
    Hello. I run air purifiers with replaceable filters. This helps cut down on the dust in my house. Also check your dryer where it vents out of the house and make sure that is hooked up. Good Luck!
  • Kat Kat on Feb 02, 2018
    What’s a “join”?
    • Ewb15303221 Ewb15303221 on Feb 02, 2018
      I believe it’s where one section of vent connects to another. Evidently it is the practice that they are joined using duct (silver, wide) tape.
  • Dfm Dfm on Feb 02, 2018
    its where 2 pieces of duct work meet. some times there are small screws securing them together, and the screws can go missing. this lets dust scatter from that hole. i've also found duct work that had worked its way loose and no longer connected. this house was a rental property, the land lord wasn't paying the utilities....why bother sealing the duct work? now that i'm the home owner....yup its been sealed with the foil tape on all of the connecting pieces my utility bill is lower by 50 bucks. the dust storm has abated, well worth the 6 rolls of foil tape.
    • Ewb15303221 Ewb15303221 on Feb 02, 2018
      Appreciate your input. Seems reasonable since the problem is worse since the ducts have been cleaned.
  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 02, 2018
    Vacuum everyday. Be careful when emptying your vacuum bag (if you have one) since that can release dust back into the air. I was impressed by how much dirt/dust a vacuum that used water as the filter can collect. We had a Rainbow for years and you can add pinesol or whatever scent you like to the water. The water also acts as an air filter.
  • Kat Kat on Feb 02, 2018
    thank you. I just don’t find any duct taoe
  • Kat Kat on Feb 02, 2018
    Tape!
  • Dfm Dfm on Feb 02, 2018
    It will abate eventually....check your air filter as it might clog up a bit sooner than usual. It took about 3 weeks here at my place For the dust to settle.
  • Gail Gail on Feb 03, 2018
    Add hot steam vaporizers running in your home to put moisture in the air. NOT cool mist humidifiers. Steam vaporizers. You will be amazed at how much improvement it will make in controlling dust flying around in the air. The moisture "downs" the dust via gravity. You will be able to sweep up the dust & get rid of it instead of just making it shift positions to another spot.

    This works.
  • Dfm Dfm on Feb 03, 2018
    if you are going to seal up where 2 pieces of duct pieces meet, use the silver foil tape, not the stuff with the little duck picture on it. the silver foil has a paper backing that you peel off as you applied the tape.
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