Clean filters and dusty house

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Your home's forced-air heating or cooling system helps to control dust by filtering the air. A standard cheap fiberglass filter protects your furnace from large dust particles and provides maximum airflow, but it does little to reduce household dust. More expensive pleated filters usually provide a good balance between cost and filtration efficiency. These filters trap 80 to 95 percent of particles 5 microns and larger. Here are the best furnace filters to buy.

But if you have family members with allergies, consider spending more on high-efficiency filters, which capture 99 percent of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns (bacteria and viruses, fumes and pollen). Be aware that you'll have to run your furnace fan full time to get the maximum benefit from a high-efficiency filter, and you'll have to change the filter frequently to prevent damage to your furnace from the reduced airflow.

If you go the high-efficiency route, install a filter monitor such as...

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I decided to hire the taping, mudding, and sanding to a professional. The $950 also included the ceiling texture. Until this point, I have completed everything myself including framing, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, a security system, central vaccuum.

The drywall finishing process is an artform. If you do a poor job finishing, there is not a paint job in the world that will hide it. Plus, what a pro did in 5 days would take me a month or better. It was refreshing watching someone else to the work for a change.

In fact, when the contracter was at the house, we noticed a short kneewall was not plumb. So I decided to fix it and then tape and mud a few seams. Boy, I am glad I has a professional do the rest. I would have taken my a long time to finish the whole basement, and I would have a lot more dust (the original post).

I went out and bought a shopvac with the HEPA filter. It worked great. Also used sweeping compound on the floors. Anyway, I will be painting...

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The idea of a clean house can be surprisingly subjective. For instance, it is entirely possible to have a home that is completely free of clutter. Everything is where it belongs, and there aren’t any extraneous pieces of decor or anything. However, if your mother-in-law comes over and gives the house a good ol’ once over with a white glove, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll both be surprised and maybe a little disgusted by what is found. You’ll probably also find yourself on the receiving end of a disapproving frown (or six). So is it a clean house or not? I guess that’s for you to decide. For some people, dust isn’t a big deal. It just doesn’t bother them in the least. For your mother-in-law, it’s just one more reason for her to dislike you.

Aside from being unsightly, dust is really kinda gross. For the most part, all that fine particulate matter is comprised of your nasty-ass dead skin cells, your dog’s or cat’s nasty-ass dead skin cells, pieces of hair, dirt,...

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QUESTION: I have a problem with house dust. We have a 15-year-old home with a gas forced-air furnace. About 10 years ago, we installed a Kenmore electronic air cleaner on our furnace. We get a lot of dust in our house. We do have the furnace fan running continuously. I clean the filter elements frequently, have had the ducts cleaned and have talked to a technician about the problem. They tell me I have one of the best methods for filtering the air in my house.

Can you advise if there are better methods to keep the air clean and dust down?

Thanks, Mark Neskar.

ANSWER: I receive several inquiries about excessive dust in homes several times a year. While I am never sure what people like you consider "a lot" of dust, I will offer some general suggestions for things that may help and one very likely culprit.

Dust in homes can come from several sources and contain unusual items such as dead skin flakes and pet hair. While it may be impossible to prevent dust...

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It's a beautiful day and the sun is finally shining in the Pacific Northwest.

The birds are chirping and, as I look across my room out the window I notice not only the birds at the feeder but- my dirty windows and all the cobwebs in my home.

I look closer and see a light layer of dust on the table by the window. Now I am getting a little bothered.....

Even though I am the owner of a house cleaning company, the sun has pointed out once again that I cannot totally eliminate dust and dirt from my home.

At least I know how to get the job done quickly.

How's that, you say?

Well, because I'm Mrs Clean and I have taught many a house cleaner how to dust.

Dusting isn't hard itself; it's all about the process and making sure that you don't go throwing dust all around. So, let's get busy dusting and I'll show you too, so you can dust just like a professional house cleaner too!

What is Dust Anyway?

It's not a pretty...

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Peggy,
You said that the dust looks like insulation, which makes me think that there must be a hole somewhere in the duct that is allowing insulation in from one of the walls. Have someone check the ducts. The fact is that the dust is coming from somewhere; it’s just a matter of figuring out where. A hole in the duct makes the most sense if it is insulation material.
A hole in a duct could also be the cause of a hot room. If there is a hole, the A/C could be going out through the hole and not making it to the room.
The other cause could be the construction you just had done to add a new vent; there is always a lot of dust following a construction project. Some houses/apartments have intake vents within the house to recycle the air (the air is pulled out of a room, heated or cooled by the furnace or A/C unit, and then poured back into the room). This is done so that the machines don’t have to work as hard (for example, to cool air in summer, it’s easier to start with...

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Baghouse Dust Collector for Asphalt Plants

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A dust collector is a system used to enhance the quality of air released from industrial and commercial processes by collecting dust and other impurities from air or gas. Designed to handle high-volume dust loads, a dust collector system consists of a blower, dust filter, a filter-cleaning system, and a dust receptacle or dust removal system. It is distinguished from air cleaners, which use disposable filters to remove dust.

History[edit]

"Beth"-Filter "KS"

(1910)

The father of the dust collector was Wilhelm Beth from...

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I can't tell you what's causing dust in your house, but will tell you how we manage in our house.

We have forced air heating and central air. Here in North Carolina we almost never open the windows because it's usually too hot or too cold. During only about 6 weeks, 3 in spring and 3 in late summer/early fall, can we comfortably open windows for a while. That means we are dealing with continually recirculating air.

Indoor air quality is a problem. It can get polluted (and dusty). We use MMM air filters, which cost about $15 each. They are probably the most expensive air filters on the market but, unlike the cheap filters that last only one month, these last 3 months. These filters are endorsed by the American Lung Association, and they do a very good job filtering even very small particles.

We also use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. This is very important because vacuum cleaners that do not have such a filter do redistribute fine dust particles into the air....

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Organize your closets to keep dust to a minimum.

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Closets are a dust haven, full of tiny fibers from clothes, towels and bedding. And every time you open the door, you whip up an invisible dust storm. You can't prevent clothes from shedding fibers, but you can make closets easier to keep clean, which will vastly cut down on dust. Box or bag items on shelves. Clear plastic containers are best—they lock fibers in and dust out and let you see what's inside. When you dust, they're easy to pull off the shelves and wipe clean. As for coats you wear only in winter? They shed fibers year-round; slip garment bags or large garbage bags over them to help contain fibers and keep the clothes themselves from becoming coated with dust. Finally, keep closet floors clear. If the floor is cluttered, chances are you'll just bypass it while vacuuming, and dust bunnies will start to collect. But a wide-open floor adds only a few seconds to the vacuuming chore. And a wire...

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Contributed by Info Guru Paul Seaburn

Whether you are a do-it-yourself remodeler or hire a contract to do the work, one thing is for certain – when the project is done you will have to clean up dust and construction mess.

There are companies that will do this for you, but with some time, care and the proper equipment, it’s easy to clean up dust and trash and make your new kitchen, bathroom or other construction project sparkle. Here’s some tips for cleanup success.

10. Dust control

Before starting any cleaning project, especially one with lots of dust and grime, purchase a quantity of good quality face masks to keep the dust out of your nose and lungs. Latex or rubber gloves will protect your hands and keep them from drying out. Eye goggles will keep dust particles out of your eyes, especially when cleaning ceilings and walls. If you are living in your home while construction is underway, it is very important to ensure the air quality...

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When your house is dusty, not only does it make your living area look quite unpleasant, excess dust can also make health problems like asthma and allergies much worse. Dust is unhealthy and a pain in the neck. No matter how much you seem to clean, it just keeps coming back. So, what can you do to minimize the amount of dust in your home? Don’t just sit around and wonder ‘why is my house is so dusty,’ do something about it.

What is dust?

Everyone has heard of dust, but many people don’t specifically know what in fact it is. Dust is a collection of microparticles that become present in your home. These microparticles usually form from little pieces of skin, hair, carpet fibers, clothing and upholstery, bedding fragments and various particles from outdoors. In fact, 60% of the dust in your home came from outdoors.

The 3 main reasons why your house gets so dusty

To begin, it’s important to understand why your home is dusty in the first place. First, does...

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Keeping dust under control isn’t just an aesthetic thing; it can also be an allergy thing. Here are some tips from RD and Garden and Hearth to keep the mites under control.

10. Skip the heavy drapes. Curtains and heavy drapery capture dust. Consider replacing them with blinds or shutters, which are easily cleaned.

9. Mind your bed. Rotate your bed and wash bedding (in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit) weekly. You might also want to consider adding washable allergen covers to your box spring and mattress.

8. Replace your furnace filter. Forced air heating systems are notorious for blowing around dust. A marked improvement in dust control may be achieved by installing a pleated fabric or paper filter, which carry an electrostatic charge that captures and attracts dust. Manufacturers often recommend that filters–of any kind–be changed every three months and checked for dirt and congestion monthly, especially if you share your home with...

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Spring is usually associated with flowers and gardens, but we can not forget the spring dust, especially if the members of the house is allergic.

90% of the dust in the home comes from people and fabrics, and we find a lot of flying dust consisting of dead skin remnants and clothing particles, which settle on the surfaces and accumulate dust and to meet dust storms carried by the spring.

How to Reduce Dust in House?

We provide following steps:

Closet Wardrobe:

Try to arrange the wardrobe in such a way that you can clean it easily, and cover unused clothing. When you do not clean wardrobe and not cover your unused clothing then you receive a lot of chunks of dust every day. These chunks combination produce an excessive dust in the house. Dusty house and the polluted environment is not good for allergic people.

Change Bed Linens Weekly:

Pick up bed linens, dirt, leather particles, and fabrics. It’s best to change them weekly and...

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February 13, 2007

(ARA) - It's a common complaint. Just a few days after a thorough house cleaning, that unsightly dust is back, settling on every surface in your house. Dust can also contribute to respiratory allergy suffering. Although the visible dust is most obvious, health scientists now say it is the very small invisible particulates and noxious gases we should be most worried about. What's the answer? Here are seven proven ways to greatly reduce dust and breathe easier in your home.

Identify and Seal Air Leaks That Let In Dirty Air

A good deal of the dust in our homes comes from internal sources such as skin flakes and fabric fibers. However, new research has found that in many homes a significant amount of the dust actually originates from outside the living space. The hot or cold outside air that leaks in through gaps and cracks often brings a lot of dust along with it. The air from outside always contains airborne particles such as mold spores,...

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For most of us, cleaning is a real hassle rather than an enjoyable exercise session. It becomes a terror when you allow dust to stand for long. So, the first rule to act like a professional is to clean regularly. Though there is an abundance of modern equipment to help you go about your cleaning, there should be certain amount of experience involved to tackle this enemy effectively. Here are some dusting tips that could help improve your experience and excel in this area like a real pro.

Your home needs dusting

Don’t hesitate to admit that your home is dusty. Just clean it. Make sure there isn’t any fissure on your doors or windows, because that’s a source from where dust enters your interiors. Also clean your furnace and AC occasionally, and replace the filters more often.

HEPA Filters

Use HEPA filters in your bedrooms or wherever clean air is necessary. And speaking of filters, make sure your AC has a regular maintenance schedule — those...

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Do you have something like this in your attic?

Do you feel like your house is always dusty, in spite of how much you vacuum and clean? Have you tried all the tricks – HEPA vacuum cleaners, air cleaners, taking your shoes off before coming in the house, washing the dog…. all to no avail?

Chances are good that you’re being plagued by a leaky duct and air handling system.

When you have leaks in your ducts (virtually all duct are leaky) dust from the attic gets sucked into the ducts and distributed throughout the house. Even if you have an excellent filtration system on your air handler, the dust can be sucked in from places that don’t get filtered, and blown into your home, usually leaving fine gray dust everywhere.

Before you call in a heating/cooling (HVAC) contractor, there are a few steps that you can take yourself.

Warning: working in an attic can be dangerous. Many attics don’t have proper floors. Numerous people have taken bad steps and...

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Every once in a while we here at Moxie Girl Household Assistants have the “pleasure” of walking into a home with super dirty ceiling fans. When I say super dirty, I mean they are so dirty that it looks like there is a small, furry animal hanging out on top of the blades. If your fans are this dirty, they can be intimidating to clean. After all, if you use a duster, you are going to knock all that dust onto the floor or your furniture, right?

Not to worry, I’ve got the trick to cleaning them without dirtying the rest of the room. All you need is a step ladder, a pillowcase, and a damp rag. Someone to hold the ladder as you climb up is highly recommended. Here’s what you do:

Climb the ladder until you can reach one blade without overextending yourself. Take your pillowcase and put it around the blade (just like you would a pillow). Then, as you pull the pillowcase off the blade, wipe all the dust from the top so it falls into the pillowcase. Turn the fan and...

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anon998245
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Use a leaf blower and a dust mask. That will get rid of your problem.

anon981701
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How about giant 'flypapers' with sticky surfaces? These were routine in the post war years in uk summers, they came in a roll about 2" wide and you just unrolled them and suspended them from the ceiling or a lampshade. They certainly caught large numbers of flies and insects in a short time. Inconvenient and unsightly but perhaps you could leave them out only when the room was unused (working hours for instance and in conjunction with a small fan).

anon968860
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Replace your air conditioning filter. Once those filters get dusty, they start blowing the dust all over the house

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Declare War on Dust

Dust is a real problem for every household. Worse still, dust seems to be a growing problem. If that’s how you feel, it’s not your mind playing tricks on you. Weather patterns are more extreme with winds bringing more and more dust. Houses are increasingly more energy efficient, making them dust traps that collect and hold the dust. And, in this electronic age, we are putting more and more electrical elements into our homes, and all that heat and electricity pulls and draws dust like nothing else can. So, if you thought your house is getting dustier, you are not imagining it. It is getting worse.

So, what can you do to stop the deluge of dust? Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to help keep dust down and lessen your housework – and maybe even help yourself breathe a little easier. Because all that dust takes a toll on our health and it's just plain dirty.

To curtail dust, pay special attention to these areas:

Doormats....

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What you should know about House Dust?

This ever-changing and seemingly ever-present substance has been a concern of housekeepers and allergy patients alike. It is the result of the natural decomposition of the things we have in our homes plus we have dust that infiltrates from the outside through cracks in doors and windows. Wherever it comes from, it causes a lot of symptoms for the allergic person.


What is in house dust?
The composition varies from house to house, but in general, you might find textile fibers, decomposing insect parts, pet dander, human and animal hair, food leftovers, pollen grains, mold spores, bacteria, skin flakes, insulation, sand, and the most likely offender, the dust mite and its fecal material.


What increases the amount of dust in a house?
Carpets, draperies, ruffled items, knickknacks, books, magazines, pets, upholstered furniture, animals and pillows, and fireplaces are some of the things that increase dust...

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Just ignore JOE CLOWN, wheelchair bound or on welfare.

The solution to most household problems is to attack the source. But you can't eliminate the sources of household dust. You can't even do much to reduce them, because more than 90 percent of household dust comes from people and fabric. Our bodies constantly shed tiny flakes of skin. Our clothes, bedding and furnishings constantly shed barely visible fibers. These flakes and fibers float on the slightest air currents and settle on every surface in your house. In a spot sheltered from air movement, the particles stay put. In other areas, they constantly rise and settle as doors swing open and people pass by.
Even if fighting dust is a battle you can never completely win, you can save a lot of time and energy with these dust-busting strategies.
1. Keep closet floors clear for easy cleaning. Closets are dust reservoirs, full of tiny fibers from clothes, towels and bedding. Every time you open the door, you whip...

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If you’ve had your PC for more than a few months, it’s probably lousy with dust, dirt, and worse. It’s time to do some spring cleaning on your PC—and I’m talking about the actual hardware here, not your operating system or data files.

Dirt buildup can affect PC performance

Plenty of physical hardware problems crop up on computers after extended use. Dust, dirt, hair, and other debris can build up on fans and heatsinks. Components can come loose or become unseated. Thermal paste can break down and becomes ineffective.

With a little cleaning and basic maintenance—and perhaps a bit of elbow grease—getting your PC back in top condition is easy. Just don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. You may be surprised at the amount of gunk that accumulates in a PC whose hygiene has been neglected for a while.

Tools of the trade

The first thing you need to do is assemble your gear.

I like to keep canned air, a small (about 1-inch-wide) paintbrush, and...

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By Joette Calabrese, Classical Homeopath, HMC, CCH, RSHom

Snow is falling, cold wind is blowing. The furnace clicks on.

Uh oh!

What about all that dust and dirt and who knows what else that has collected in the air ducts over the past months?

Here’s a simple solution for keeping the dusty and even moldy muck from spewing into your air and into your lungs when you breathe.

Make your own washable homemade filters!

How to Make Healthy, Homemade Filters

Find an old 100% wool sweater; perhaps at your local Salvation Army and wash it in hot, hot water and simple soap in your washing machine. This is not a time to worry about the delicacy of the sweater. We want it to felt up good and thick, even shrink.

The idea is to tease the fibers into felty submission. Then dry it in a hot dryer. This will further the felting process. Once the sweater is thick and misshapen, measure the perimeter of the register (the opening on the floor...

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If there’s one chore that seems to be dreaded above all others, I’m pretty sure it would be cleaning the blinds. Whether wood, faux wood, fabric, vinyl or aluminum, most of us HATE cleaning the blinds! It’s a time-consuming task and no one seems to be sure that they’re even doing it right! So I decided to delve in and see if I could find some easy and effective ways to clean all kinds of window blinds, so maybe, just maybe, we can all loathe it a little bit less. ;-)

Faux-Wood Blinds

Faux-wood blinds are one of the most popular types of window coverings. If your faux-wood blinds are just dusty, using a vacuum with a dust brush attachment can make cleaning them a breeze. Simply close the blinds all the way, hold the bottom rail, vacuum one side, then turn the blinds the other way and vacuum the other side. When using the vacuum, make sure that the suction is on its lightest setting to avoid twisting or warping the slats. Handheld dusters like a Swiffer...

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Baghouses are by far the most common type of APC equipment used in any and all applications requiring dry dust control. Many think of industrial dust collectors as large vacuum cleaners, but this is only partially correct. A vacuum cleaner does not have an onboard filter cleaning system – once the filter is plugged with dust; it is disposed of and replaced. On the other hand, a baghouse has a built-in filter cleaning system that prevents the filter bags from plugging, and continues to regenerate the filter media’s permeability which is the ability to support airflow thereby increasing the life of the filters.

Dust collection systems typically consist of a metal housing or vessel, which contains the filters. Internally, the housing is separated into a dusty side and a clean side by a metal plate with holes in it called a tubesheet or cell plate. The open ends of the filters are attached to the tubesheet at the holes by various methods.

In all baghouses, the dust-laden...

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If you have asthma symptoms, an air filter or room air cleaner may help you to breathe better. The same is true for those with hay fever (allergic rhinosinusitis) or COPD (emphysema or chronic bronchitis).

If you live with a smoker, an air filter or room air cleaner is likely to be helpful. Secondhand smoke always worsens asthma symptoms. Secondhand smoke also causes nasal congestion for small children. Almost all room air cleaners efficiently remove smoke from the room (as long as the air filter is large enough, the fan turned on, and the air filter is maintained).

Asthma and Room Air Cleaners

Can air filters help prevent asthma symptoms? Maybe. Room air cleaners remove small particles that are in the air near the air cleaner. However, room air cleaners don't remove small allergen particles that are caused by local disturbances, such as the microscopic house dust mite feces that surround a pillow when your head hits it (or you turn over in bed). You...

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