Your home can seem extra dusty for a number of reasons. Perhaps you’re remodeling, or maybe you see more dust stirred up because it’s a windy day. The dust floating around the house could also be related to the care and maintenance of your HVAC system. If you haven’t had your HVAC system scheduled for regular maintenance, you may be seeing the symptoms of problems with the infrastructure or filtration of your system. Here are just a few of the possible issues you could be seeing in your home.
Whether it’s damage, poor workmanship, gaps, holes, or cracks, leaky ductwork is a common problem. These issues allow dust to sneak past the filter, and it’s then circulated through all the rooms of your house. One of the easiest ways to check for the possibility of leaky ductwork is by inspecting the vents. If you see dust buildup, it may be an issue with the ductwork. To be sure, hire a licensed HVAC technician. It won’t be a wasted visit, because you’re probably due for maintenance.
Inadequate Filtration and Cheap Air Filters
Air filters can be effective at capturing the dust, pet dander, and other allergens from the air. The efficiency and reliability of your filtration system can be severely compromised if your filters are old, damaged, or just of an insufficient quality to do the job. You may save a few extra dollars by purchasing a cheap air filter, but they just are not capable of performing adequate filtration.
What Happens When You Ignore a Dust Problem?
Whether you realize it or not, the cloud of dust emanating from your HVAC system can trigger asthma and allergic reactions. The cloud may also harbor a whole host of substances, including biological growth from moist areas around the house, dust mites, and pet dander. Each type of allergen or pollutant can be annoying and inconvenient on its own when it leaves you feeling sick, stuffed up, and sneezy. Poor indoor air quality may quickly become unbearable. It’s not just about the dust. It’s really more about all the side-effects that the dust can leave behind. That obvious dust coating over everything is just the visible reminder of the invisible health hazards that you’re breathing in every day. It’s no wonder you’re coughing and sneezing.
When you notice dusty surfaces and poor air quality, you may realize that something is not quite right. Once you clean your house thoroughly and still see the dust layer quickly reappear, you may start searching for the answer. The good news is that you can fix your air filter problem by buying and installing an air filter that will offer the level of filtration that you need.
For other HVAC repair and maintenance concerns, we recommend that you contact a licensed HVAC technician to fully inspect, repair, and offer regular yearly maintenance for your system. The technician will also be able to answer your questions and concerns about your home air quality. The goal is to ensure a safe and comfortable home environment, free of that dust.