Why Is My House So Dusty?

Posted on: December 13, 2016

There’s probably not a homeowner in the world who doesn’t wrestle with dust, debris, and other common home allergens. Modern homes are super busy places, and dust can begin racking up exceptionally quickly—rapidly going from a nuisance to a full blown home complication with respiratory concerns and reduced HVAC efficiency. Looking for the root cause of your dusty home? The experts at Atlantic Duct Cleaning are here to help!

Our experts have been providing top quality duct and vent cleaning services for more than 20 years! When it comes to helping homeowners keep indoor air clean and easy to breathe, we’re the true dustbusters. Follow along to find the leading causes for in-home dust, and what you can do to stop it.

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The Most Common Causes for a Dusty Home

Dust can infiltrate and stack up in your home from a very wide array of problems, but these are the most common:

  • Dusty, dirty ducts. We’ll start here, considering it’s our specialty! Air ducts don’t need professional cleaning super often, but they do need it on a consistent basis to remain free and clear. When left alone for too long, they can rapidly become a hotbed for common allergens, mold spore, and dust mites. This means when your HVAC system kicks on, all of that nastiness gets blown right into your home, keeping everything dusty and musty until you get a professional cleaning.
  • Dusty carpets, rugs, and other fabrics. Fabrics tend to hold dust for pretty much forever. What’s worse is that vacuuming can only do so much, and carpets tend to be the worst offenders of keeping ages worth of dust in your home. To remedy this, launder window fabrics frequently, and on occasion be sure to rent out a carpet cleaner.
  • Air duct leaks. Have you had your ducts inspected by an HVAC professional recently? If not, you might want to get that done. Damaged or leaky ducts can pull in air from basements and attics, funneling all of the dust those spaces accumulate right into your home by way of the vents.
  • Dated or poor quality air filters. Your standard fiberglass air filter has a fairly low MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating, meaning they don’t really catch as much dust as we would all like. To fix this, look for filters with a MERV of five or higher, and be sure to change your filters frequently. You’ll be eliminating dust and improving your air conditioner’s efficiency at the same time!
  • Neglected dryer vents. Odds are you do a lot of laundry. But we’d put similar odds on you never having had a dryer vent cleaning. The fact is your dryer dumps loads of dust and lint through its vents, and while most of it ends up outside, a bit of it sticks around every time you do a load. A hundred loads later, you’ve got a nasty, dusty vent that can keep dust in your home and can even present a fire hazard.

Contact Northern Virginia’s Air Duct Cleaning Professionals

Atlantic Duct Cleaning has been a trusted industry leader since 1995, providing professional indoor environmental solutions. Utilizing the finest equipment available and promoting the highest levels of training and quality standards, Atlantic Duct Cleaning has delivered over 80,000 successful projects with predictable responsibility and 100% customer satisfaction.

If you’re interested in improving the air quality in your home, call the residential duct cleaning experts at Atlantic Duct Cleaning or schedule an appointment online.