Dust is a scourge in the modern home. Dust mites, in particular, account for more than 70% of the modern respiratory allergies most of us seem to be afflicted with today. Keeping dust to a minimum can be a hassle at times. It might require regular dusting or maintenance. But there are other ways to kind of mitigate the dust issue. These might range from quite simple to requiring a minor installation of a device, but regardless of the case taking preventative measures is essential to stop dust in its tracks. Here are five ways to effectively reduce dust and improve the airflow in your home.
Get An Air Purifier
Making the simple addition of an air purifier to your home can help reduce dust drastically. Air purifiers essentially sanitize the room’s air, removing dust, allergens, and other nasty particles. The result is less dust and easier breathing. They remove and sanitize particles in different ways depending on the model. Air purifiers often offer an ionizing effect as well, that will sometimes sanitize particles before even removing them from the air.
Install A Ceiling Fan
Aside from their pleasant looks, ceiling fans also help reduce energy costs at any time of the year. Remember that ceiling fans do not create cool or warm air; they merely circulate existing air around. This activity improves airflow in both cold and warm times of the year. Better airflow means less dust, which in turn makes a cleaner, breathable environment. Installing powerful, well-designed ceiling fans in your home is a step in the right direction for a dust and allergen-free home.
Check for Pests
For any homeowner, pests can represent a significant problem. Cockroaches, rodents, and other pests are a scourge afflicting over 14% of American homes. The negative health effects of a pest infestation are numerous: food contamination, breathing trouble, waste particles, and spreading disease just to name a few. That’s why it’s prudent to check for pests often and keep your place clean. Rodents and bugs are often attracted to trash or any known food/water source so minimize any potential access. If all else fails, call in an exterminator to take care of the problem. A little bit of vigilance goes a long way, and you’ll be glad you decided to take such precautions down the line.
Regular Mold Inspections
Mold is a fairly common growth in homes, especially in areas with lots of moisture. It can also be quite hazardous to your health. Breathing issues are a concern for people with asthma, but sometimes it may not affect you at all. Either way, mold is not a good thing and you should regularly check for any signs of the nasty substance in your home. Ventilation, humidity control, and regular maintenance can often prevent mold before it becomes a problem. A little bit of proactivity goes a long way, especially with stopping a mold problem before it can begin.
Clean Up Pet Dander
If you’re anything like the rest of us, your little dog or cat are probably your best friends and/or constant companions. But if you suffer from allergies at all, they might also be the source of some sniffles once in a while thanks to their pet dander. Pet dander mixes with the dust in your home to comprise a big problem after a while. Pets shed. It happens. When they do, pet dander has a tendency to hang around in the air for a long time. Some pet dander, such as cat hair, seems to cause more irritation for some than other types of pet dander. Controlling pet dander and keeping it to a minimum is crucial. Some ways to do this are to keep pets outside, use air purifiers, and/or dust as often as possible.