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How To Keep The Dust Down In Your Home

clean home air new yorkHave you ever noticed a thin layer of dust on surfaces around your home not long after cleaning? Guest what: the problem could be coming from your home heating system.

That’s right: one possible cause of that annoying layer of dust could be your forced-air heating equipment. The good news is, if that’s the case, is that there are some easy ways to fix the problem.

5 Fresh Air Tips For The Home

Here are five ways you can minimize dust in your home:

  1. Clean thoroughly. Vacuum floors using a HEPA filter vacuum once a week, and mop hardwood floors with white vinegar and water. That won’t just cut down the dust, it will reduce the burden on your furnace air filters (see #2).
  2. Change air filters regularly – Over time, a furnace air filter will clog with efficiency-robbing dust and debris – a problem that will eventually lead to problems that are more difficult (and costly) to address than a simple dust problem. Check your air filter a minimum of once per month during peak heating season, replacing it when necessary.
  3. Service your heating equipment every year – With proper care, your equipment will keep the air clear and moving throughout your Hudson Valley home.
  4. Consider professional duct sealing. Holes or cracks in your ductwork can draw dust into your home – unfortunately, many of those cracks and holes can’t be easily seen. To solve the problem and reduce the amount of dust circulating in your house, you need professional duct sealing – an investment that could be worthwhile, considering that anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the air you pay to cool or heat also gets lost via duct leaks.
  5. Keep proper humidity levels. Dust flows freely through dry air – which means it will travel much farther in an over-dry home. Properly humidified air – produced with the help of a high quality whole house humidifier – can reduce the movement of dust in your ducts, and throughout your home.

Keep your home comfortable throughout heating season with reliable heating oil deliveries in Dutchess and Ulster counties from the pros at Valley Oil. Contact us today to become a Valley Oil customer!