Why is My Home So Dusty?
Does your home constants seem like a dust magnet? Do you waste countless hours dusting and wiping down surfaces only to have them get consumed with dust days later? This is a challenge many homeowners face. But why is your home so dusty in the first place? Below are the most common culprits of a frequently dusty home.
1. Clogged, Old, or Worn Out Air Filters
The primary purpose of an air filter is to ‘filter’ out particulates including dust from the air that circulates in your home. If these become dirty or clogged it can allow dust to freely be distributed throughout your HVAC system and into the rooms of your home.
2. Cracks and Gaps
Windows and doors are two notorious culprits of both energy loss and the influx of dust through gaps, cracks, worn seals, and more. Sometimes a bit of insulation, re-caulking and sealing is all that’s needed to remedy this.
3. Higher Than Optimal Humidity
Although not a direct contributor to dust entering the home, this lesser considered culprit can result in dust ‘sticking’ to surfaces and building up more than usual. Often a simple solution involves the use of a dehumidifier, although optimizing thermostat settings can help as well.
4. Tracked In Dirt
Windows and doors left open, pets, and dirt on shoes can cause more dust circulation than we are often aware of.
5. Damaged or Leaky Ductwork
Damaged or leaky HVAC ductwork can result in increased dust entering the system after the filter.