Dust in your home is more than just a nuisance; it can damage your lungs, decrease your furnace’s efficiency, and make your family sick. Yes, it is everywhere—outside, inside, even in your ductwork—but you can do a lot to eliminate the problem.
Most household dust comes in from outside (through open windows and doors, or on shoes and clothes). What is swirling around in your Monmouth County home’s air is a disgusting mixture of human skin cells, decomposed insect parts, soot, soil, food crumbs, fabric lint and some truly dangerous chemicals.
Household dust can contain lead, arsenic and DDT (banned since 1972 but still present in soil and deeply buried in carpets and fabrics). Arsenic in earth’s atmosphere comes from volcanoes, smelting, mining and burning fossil fuels. Lead is known of course from old wall paint, but also enters the atmosphere—and your home—from automobile exhaust and smelting.
To protect yourself and your family, you need to clean dust and chemicals out of your air. You also can prolong the life of your furnace by filtering out particulates so they do not enter your furnace’s combustion chamber. Clean the floors of your Monmouth County home regularly and often. This removes up to 80 percent of residual arsenic.
If you look at your furnace and ductwork as an ally in your battle against the dust bunnies, you will realize the furnace filter stops a lot of the crud. Change your filter regularly, and replace it with only manufacturer-recommended, pleated filters. The goal here is to get the most surface area into the ductwork’s airflow. Changing the filter also allows optimum airflow, the rate of air movement your furnace was calibrated to handle. A clogged filter starves the system.
While you can do a lot for yourself to remove contaminants from your home, a professional HVAC contractor offers these additional solutions:
- Ductwork cleaning
- High efficiency electronic air cleaner
- UV lights to kill allergens
For more help achieving fresh, clean air in your Monmouth County home, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about dust and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.