Air Quality at Home: How to Reduce Dust Pollution

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When we think about air quality, we often think about outdoor air. However, since we spend more than half a day indoors, it’s important to make sure that the air inside our homes is clean as well.

One of the most common pollutants in our homes is dust. Aside from being a pain to clean, dust can trigger terrible allergies and make life dreadful for people with asthma. To make matters worse, there can be dust mites which can even cause asthma attacks.

Dust is made up of all kinds of particles, such as pollen, dead skin cells, clothing and paper fibers, hair, pet dander, dirt, and more, which is why it’s so difficult to manage. But it can still be done!

In this article, we’ll go through the best ways you can prevent dust from piling up in your home, and how to remove it effectively using modern technology.

Keeping Dust Out As Much As Possible

No Shoes Inside

A study conducted by the Environmental Science & Technology Journal found that 60% of the dust in our homes comes from outside. That’s more than half!

With such a high percentage, it makes sense to try and tackle this issue first. The best way to do that is to ask people to take off their shoes before they enter your home. All that dirt that collects on the bottom of the shoes from city streets, construction sites, restrooms, etc. should not be welcomed in your home.

Invest In Doormats

Even if people take their shoes off inside, you can still greatly reduce the dust in your home by purchasing a sturdy doormat. Place one outside and inside every entrance to your home so people have a place to wipe their feet before they enter.

Just make sure to get a mat with a bristle top to trap dirt, and this step alone will significantly reduce the amount of dust build-up in your home.

doormat with shoes

Change The Bedding Weekly

We all are guilty of sometimes ignoring this habit, but washing your sheets weekly is very important when it comes to managing dust.

Sheets, blankets, and comforters accumulate a lot of dust, mainly from the dead skin particles that come off us when we sleep. This leads to a stuffy nose in the morning from breathing dusty air all night, and every time you get in and out of bed, you’re just sending dust swirls into the air.

To prevent this, make sure you wash your sheets and pillowcases every week, and your blankets, comforters, and mattress cover every month or two.

Keep Windows Closed

Yes, opening the windows is the perfect way to get some fresh air inside, but with all that fresh air comes a lot of dust you won’t notice. Whether it’s from pollen, mold spores, and other airborne pollutants, it will easily create a build-up of dust on the windowsills, especially on windy days.

Get A Humidifier

Dust sticks to surfaces due to static electricity. To prevent this problem, try and keep your indoor humidity levels between 40% and 50% by getting a humidifier. This will lower static electricity and ensure that all dust falls down where it’s easier to clean it up.

Do check out our guide on the harmful health effects of poor humidity control at home!

How To Remove Dust From Your Home Using Technology

Although the above tips should help you drastically reduce the amount of dust in your home, dust keeps coming back and is constantly produced by the people in your home and any pets you might have.

With that in mind, it’s important to have ways to clean all this dust without spreading it around and making this worse. Luckily, technology is here to help, like with most things in our homes.

Use A HEPA Vacuum Cleaner

The choice of your vacuum cleaner matters a lot! The main thing you should be looking for if you’re dealing with allergies is a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for “high-efficiency particulate air”, retaining all particles larger than .3 microns. For comparison, regular vacuum filters only trap particles 30 to 50 microns in size.

You’ll need to vacuum high-traffic areas at least twice a week, and the rest of your home at least once a week. By doing this, you’ll prevent dust from building up under furniture and in corners. You should be able to notice a difference right away.

Another important choice for your vacuum is the dust collection type – is it bagged or bagless?

Bagless vacuums have a dust container that needs to be emptied often, which can release the same dust and allergens you just trapped back into the air.

They do offer a certain convenience that bagged vacuums don’t, but if you suffer from allergies, it’s best to choose a bagged one. Look for ones with a tightly sealed bag that works together with a HEPA filter, and avoid the inexpensive ones that are made out of 3-ply paper.

In addition to the above, there is also a transition happening at the moment where most people are switching to cordless electric vacuum cleaners. You can find plenty of excellent options when looking at online reviews, which will help you make a comparison.

Overall, cordless electric is here to stay especially as the technology continues to develop to deliver very powerful, long lasting batteries. Without a cord, it makes life a lot easier when vacuuming your whole home.

vacuum cleaner

Use An Air Purifier

Remember the HEPA filters we discussed for vacuums? Well, air purifiers utilize the same HEPA filters, but in a much bigger version, to purify the whole air inside your home.

Air purifiers work by circulating the air in a room by “inhaling” it, running and through a multi-layered filtration system, and then releasing it back into your room. The released air is 99.97% cleaner, and all the pollutant particles are trapped in the fibers of the filter instead of turning into dust on your home surfaces where they can cause allergy symptoms.

To further improve the efficiency of your purifier, it’s important to find a good place for it, such as high-traffic areas in your home.

Conclusion

Although battling with dust is a never-ending struggle, there are still things you can do to help you manage this problem and keep the amount of dust at a minimum. By utilizing the tips we discussed in this article, you should be able to minimize and trap most of the dust inside your home, allowing you to enjoy clean air and an allergy-free life.

Author Notes

This delightful post was brought to you by Robert Jackson. Bob is a retired DIY and gardening enthusiast. He loves technology, too, and enjoys tinkering around and reviewing the latest home and garden tools. You can learn more about him at Garden Power Tools.

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