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Any tips on controlling dust?

Asked by Spargett (5395points) June 11th, 2008

I live in a downtown environment, devoid of much dirt. On top of that, the windows aren’t open much so it’s not necessarily an external source.

I have a feeling I inherited a very dusty place, dustier than anywhere I’ve ever lived.

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ccatron's avatar

did you check the filters? i’m sure you did, but i figured I would ask.

robmandu's avatar

Old rugs? Take ‘em out and beat ‘em.

Old carpet? If you can’t replace it, get it cleaned professionally, and then vacuum regularly and often.

And like @ccatron alluded, your HVAC system might need a good cleaning, too… not just the filters, but the ductwork as well. Get several estimates on that though, prices range crazily and it need not be expensive to get done right.

mac316's avatar

If you have a central air conditioner, you might add an electrostatic filter to the system. Now, these are not cheap, but are the most efficient at removing air bourne particles. The most recent design improvement is the polypropolene filter cell. It works with less voltage and reduces the presence of ozone.

Spargett's avatar

Thanks for the feedback guys, I’m certainly going to look into your recommendations.

XCNuse's avatar

this is something i learned from my sister much older than me:

bounce sheets (you know, the ones you throw in the dryer), if you wipe them on things, the electronegativity will help deflect a lot of the dust. Just keep in mind it doesn’t work as well on flat surfaces, but you should see a slight improvement.

gooch's avatar

Carpet is a dust factory. Get rid of it. Vacuum all fabrics in your home such as curtains and furniture

kritiper's avatar

Get a really good vacuum, like a Rainbow. And clean the filter after every use.

So much of the dust that regular vacuums pick up is ejected back out of the bag because air has to escape from the bag in order for the vacuum to pick up anything. (The Rainbow has a water filter.)

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