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Getting Down and Dusty: How The Little Things Can Make A Big Difference

Category: News and Updates • January 7, 2021

It creates a thin, hazy film on your long-neglected shelves and home decor, floats virtually unseen throughout any space you may walk through, and is one of the most persistent and common irritants to be found.

Simply put, dust is all but inescapable.

How, then, are you to cut down on the seemingly endless volume of particles in your home or commercial property? And is there anything else you should know about these dastardly contaminants?

Don’t worry — we have the answers you need and more… 

What’s the Deal with Dust?

Before we dive into the nuances of dust volume and how you can mitigate the buildup of such fine particulate matter, it’s best to air out the basics. That is, we first have to tell you what dust is. The problem? There’s no simple answer.

In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified the following five variations of dust that one might find throughout their property, the likes of which may also be comprised of numerous materials:

  • Mineral dust
  • Metallic dust
  • Chemical dust
  • Organic dust
  • Biohazardous dust

Additionally, dust levels within your property may be impacted by a number of factors, such as the presence of a fireplace, the cleanliness of your ducts and HVAC system, whether or not construction has recently taken place, and more.

So, How Much is Too Much?

When it comes to dust, we encourage you to think less about what the acceptable maximum amount of dust might be and more about how less is more.

For one, if you have a high level of dust containing human skin cells, you’re more likely to attract dust mites and all of the irritating allergens that come with their presence. And, according to the American Lung Association, dust mites are one of the most prominent indoor triggers for individuals living with asthma and/or allergies.

Additionally, the more dust is built up within your home’s HVAC system, the harder it will have to work to efficiently cool, heat, and filter the air in your home. Thus, you’ll also be subject to higher energy bills on top of increased upper respiratory irritation.

Defeating the Dust Bunnies

Before you begin to sweat over the dusty details of home cleaning, we’re here to provide you with some simple solutions.

For example, Consumer Reports recommends that individuals both vacuum frequently and invest in an air purifier to help mitigate the buildup of dust in and around one’s property. Additionally, we recommend investing in a HEPA filter, as well as regularly cleaning your ducts, scheduling HVAC maintenance appointments, and remaining vigilant in optimizing your home’s overall indoor air quality.

Finally, if you have further questions about how best to tackle dust particles — or if you have concerns that your property may be subject to other hazardous airborne contaminants — it’s time to contact Luce Air Quality, your local indoor environmental experts!

We can help you to effectively and expediently diagnose your property’s air quality, be it for a residential or commercial property. Additionally, we are committed to providing you with trusted solutions and actionable recommendations.

If you’re ready to schedule with our expert team, call us today at (904) 803-1014 or email info@luceairquality.com!