Dealing with dust is part of any homeowner’s life in Mableton, Georgia. If you’ve noticed that the amount of dust in your home is more than normal, it could be a sign your HVAC system needs help.

Dust and Your HVAC System

When your HVAC system or ductwork is dirty, you’ll notice an increase in dust throughout your home. Dust is a byproduct of life; it falls from your skin, hair, and pets almost constantly. A heating system that’s working well will adequately filter dust and other particles from the air.

Adversely, too much dust inside your HVAC system causes it to work even less efficiently. Dust buildup on components can cause overheating. Overly dirty filters cause your heating system to labor much harder and can cause premature failure.

Ways to Reduce Dust

Change your filters at least once a month. If your home is particularly dusty, don’t use one of the thin, fiberglass filters. Instead, spend the money on a pleated filter that’s rated for your system’s airflow. If you’re unsure which filter is best, call a service technician for help.

Check your home for air leaks. A good deal of the dust inside your home probably comes from your garage, crawlspace, or basement and attic. Unfiltered incoming air contains mold spores, pesticides, or bothersome pollutants. Seal all leaky areas with caulk or spray foam.  

Your home’s HVAC system could be causing negative air pressure inside your home. When the pressure inside is lower than the pressure outside, air will rush in any time a door or window is opened. A qualified professional can check your air pressure and recommend ways to fix an issue.

Consider installing a home ventilation system or a whole-home purifier. Home ventilation systems circulate fresh, filtered air replacing stale indoor air. Purifiers work with your heating and cooling system to clean dust from the air around the clock.

For indoor air quality concerns call E. Smith Heating & Air Conditioning at 678-369-8866 now.

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