Dust may seem like it never goes away. In many cases that can be true. The same forced air heating system that keeps your living spaces warm and toasty during the winter recirculates that dust no matter how diligent a housekeeper you may be. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to reduce the amount of dust blowing around in your home.
Ways to keep dust under control
Dust is a combination of dirt, dead skin cells, pet dander, pollens, and fibers from clothing and paper. In addition to being unsightly, this mixture can aggravate chronic breathing conditions like asthma and COPD. As if that wasn’t enough, dust can also attract dust mites. Consider the following tips for keeping the dust under control.
1. Remove the clutter from your floors. Dust can be stopped and get stuck in and around those piles of books, newspapers and other remnants of a busy life. Plus, it’s difficult to sweep when you have items all over the floor.
2. Adopt a “no shoe” policy. As much as 80 percent of dust particles enter your home via the bottoms of people’s shoes. Reduce that shoe traffic and you’ll reduce the dust. If you’re worried about appearing inhospitable, stow a basket of warm socks near the front door.
3. Change your furnace filter monthly. Another essential weapon in your battle against dust is your furnace filter. This filter not only helps catch allergens and dust before it can be sent into your duct system, but it keeps your furnace from getting clogged with dust, something that can shorten the lifespan of your system and cost you more each month on your heating bills.
4. Use a damp cloth instead of a feather duster. Feather dusters merely move dust from surface to surface. To effectively eliminate dust, use a damp cloth to wipe down dusty surfaces.
5. Change your bedding regularly. Health experts recommend changing your sheets and pillowcases at least once a week, which reduces the number of skin cells in circulation in your home. Many if not most people do this, but how often do you wash that blanket on the couch or the cases on your throw pillows?
Keeping dust under control this season doesn’t have to be a frustrating, nearly impossible task. Keep your living spaces neat and clean by taking off your shoes, changing your furnace filter monthly and decluttering your living spaces.