When the indoor dust remedies you normally use stop working, it might be time to look at your HVAC system for solutions. Since forced-air cooling and heating systems move a good deal of air throughout your home, it may be what’s to blame for a persisting dust problem.

Look for ductwork leaks.

Besides increasing the amount of dust circulating through your air, ductwork leaks waste energy. The air you’ve paid to cool seeps into areas where it’s not intended and it will take longer for your air conditioner to cool the home.

Worse, the air that blows through the ducts might contain unhealthy particles, especially if the ducts run through the attic or insects or vermin can enter through the leaks. A home with vented gas appliances, like a gas furnace or water heater, can have high levels of carbon monoxide when the ducts leak. The air imbalance will cause the vents to backdraft their exhaust gases into the air.

Having the duct system inspected and sealed is the fastest and most effective of all the dust remedies when the ducts are compromised.

Check if your air filter is dirty.

A dirty air filter allows dust from your home into the ducts where it will recirculate through your home. Not only does it increase housework, it also harms your HVAC system and drives up costs associated with cooling and heating.

A peek inside the air handler will reveal how dusty it is. If you see dust coating the components, call your HVAC contractor who can deep-clean all the parts and prevent the serious damage dust causes.

Your home’s carpeting may be the culprit.

Carpets capture and hold a good deal of dust, and unless you’re using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, you could be recirculating it each time you clean the floors instead of removing it.

If your current dust remedies have fallen short, it might be time to look deeper for the root of the problem. To learn more, contact Jackson & Sons, providing trusted HVAC services for eastern North Carolina homeowners and businesses.

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Our goal is to help educate our customers in Eastern North Carolina (including Wayne, Johnston, Greene, Lenoir, Pitt and Duplin Counties) about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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