What can I do to keep my home dust free?

I have the highway entrance & exit right in my backyard & the dust gets thru from under & around my sliding doors. I've planted trees alongside my backyard but it's not enough. It's also affecting my health.
  6 answers
  • Brenda Brenda on Jun 04, 2017
    Opening the window lets in a lot of dust. So do dogs. The doors and windows may need to be caulked. This will also decrease the heat from entering your home in the summer, but allowing it to stay in in the winter.

  • No house ever will be dust free, unless you live in a scientifically controlled bubble. Make sure windows and doors are properly sealed. If health issues are arising, consider moving to a cleaner part of the city or even a bit further away where there is less pollution.

  • Patricia Patricia on Jun 04, 2017

    You may find, due to the fact not all homebuilders make window/door openings precisely straight--you may
    unfortunately have more 'gap' in one spot than another in the SAME length of door/window opening. Therefore, some tinkering and creativity may be required on your part!

    You definitely have a challenge ahead of you that requires patience, time, and experimenting, if you aren't ready or able to replace the doors/windows with new weather resistant models.

    There is a thin vinyl weather stripping
    I used in California (now in Hawaii)--bought at Home Depot. Sorry! I don't recall the name, so you'll have to ask for help. It comes in brown or white, flat on a roll approximately about 3/4 to 1 inch wide and is VERY durable. After washing window/door opening surface you'll be addressing--clean surface again with an old terry wash cloth with 90% rubbing alcohol to remove any cleanser residue/grease/etc. You will be working with an adhesive strip subjected to temperture differences and want a good stick to hold up. Rollout the amount of weather stripping you need--it cuts easily with scissors. NOTE: FOLD weather stripping in HALF, with the adhesive strip on the ***OUTSIDE*** of the 'V'
    thatt will form. Pinch firmly into 'V
    '** BEFORE *** removing protective paper from adhesive. Skipping this step, your finger oils/skin reduce the effectiveness of the adhesive. You'll want the 'v' facing **OUTSIDE**
    AWAY FROM YOU, so the door pushes it down when closing. This 'V' adjusts to any gap between the door and side when closed to keep out breezes, dirt etc.
    If the gaps are really big, the thin foam weather stripping worked. I had one really, REALLY big gap on a sliding door, rubber marine weather stripping actually worked best.

    The vinyl 'v' weather stripping also worked GREAT on an inside door with very little 'gap' space to work with--keeping cold air from the attic and
    exterior vents from coming in.

    Best Wishes!

  • Karen Durante Karen Durante on Jun 04, 2017
    Someone once told me some homes are just dustier than others. I happen to live it that kind of home now. I just have to dust more often. Sad but true.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jun 04, 2017
    Hello Martha, I recommend getting an air purify system. My husband's cousin has allergies and she uses one in the living room and one in her bedroom. They take in dust and debris in the air and gives out clean air. You can purchase them at Home Depot, Menard's, etc. or even on line. The cousin says they work great for her. Hope this helps. Good luck.

  • Patricia Patricia on Jun 05, 2017
    Keep a exterior floor mat on both the exterior and interior of the doors. Also use the highest quality filter in your furnace to help capture dust from circulating throughout your home and replace it more frequently. You could also check into getting the air ducts in your home professionally cleaned. I hope this helps and that you feel better soon!