How do I get rid of dust in my home?


No matter what I try dust continues to build in my home. Someone suggested an in line ionizer? $1200.00?? Really?do these work? Are they worth that much?

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  • Everything Pretty Everything Pretty on Dec 19, 2018

    I live in an old farmhouse. There is serious dust in the house compared to my previous new construction house. I replace the furnace filter often and vacuum every day. It might be a good idea to get your ducts cleaned. It's on my list because I'm sure it hasn't been done in my house ever.

  • Janet Janet on Dec 19, 2018

    Hi, the strangest thing I have 3 Labradors and my chimney guy came over to inspect my chimney before I made a fire this year. He told me to keep the chimney open year round it will cut down on dust. It has worked! I don't know if you have a fireplace but if you do try it out. Dont worry any chimney caps will keep the birds out of your house.

  • Birdlady Birdlady on Dec 19, 2018

    Change the filter on your furnace

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 19, 2018

    That is life, Tom! Change filters frequently, get your ducts cleaned out. We have four dogs that bring all kinds find dust and dirt. I could dust and clean floors daily and it would still get dusty. I have just accepted the fact that dust is a part of life and no matter what I do it will still reappear. I am not a perfect housekeeper, it would be easier if I had someone to help, but I am the only one who will do anything but hubby vacuuming for me every couple of weeks in his own middle of the room fashion. Dog hair and dust are just a part of my home life and I have adjusted to it. I cover furniture with throws to keep them dog hair free, just take them off when company is coming. Remember to vacuum your furniture, they are dust magnets and will put dust in the air each time you sit on them. I would also vacuum the vents when you do the floor, dust likes to accumulate on them. The same goes for anything cloth, like drapes or other window coverings, they will put out dust in the air every time they are moved.

  • Your environment may be part of it. I live in a hot dusty place and close proximity to a major interstate highway. I could dust every darn day of my life, and actually I am always dusting something, but there are also many pets in the house. Be sure to change or clean your HVAC filters once a month and not once a year as some suggest. Air duct cleaning is not necessary if the system is tight and well maintained. Ionizers do help, but with so many pets in my house, I can't justify the cost as I would need several. If you have your windows open often, clean your screen at least yearly. You might also try "wet dusting" for those items that it would be appropriate. See if these help:

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Dec 19, 2018

    Change your filters every 3wks. With 3 dogs 5 cats live in low desert of Arizona(regular dust storms) I just vacuum, vacuum and vacuum some more & change filters often. When you have AC/Furnace serviced have them clean intake coils also. This is $ well spent instead of duct cleaning service. I don't recommend leaving the chimney open on fireplace,If you leave your chimney open not only does it suck out the dust but the AC & heat as well.He gave you terrible advice. When I'm not using fireplace/chimney I block it with insulation pillow to help control it even more.

  • Gail Gail on Dec 19, 2018

    Dust particles fly around & collect much more freely in dry air than in moist air. What happens when dust or dirt & water mix? Does it still fly around in air? Add moisture to your inside air with "steam vaporizer", not a cool mist humidifier that wets the floor or whatever it sets on & really isn't very effective. When you add moisture to the dry air, it will help "down" those flying dust particles. Ever look at your vacuum exhaust in sunlight? What do you see when it's running?

    Allow about 3 days for overall humidity to change inside. You'll breathe & be more comfortable too. Try it & see.