Your Air Conditioning System Could Be Making Your Home Dusty

Oct 2, 2018

Sometimes home chores seem endless and unavoidable, yet they must be done. If you’re struggling to keep up with dust in your home, it could be that your air conditioning system is part of the problem. Fortunately, there’s usually a simple and effective solution.

Set a Trap for Dust

When you’re checking your air conditioning system for clues to the source of your dusty Brisbane home, start with the filter. Inspect them at least once a month and replace or clean them when dirty. If you have an especially dusty home or shedding pets, you may want to replace the filter more often.

All the dust you see in your used filter has been taken out of circulation in your home. When the filter becomes clogged it can’t efficiently clean dust from the air. Not all filters are created equal, so you may want to find one with a higher MERV  (media efficiency rating value) rating. These filters last longer and will capture small particles that other filters won’t, but they are more expensive and may cost some in energy efficiency. Never buy a filter with a MERV rating of less than 8 as these inefficient filters are unable to filter out pollutants such as mould spores and pollen.

Plug the Leaks

Leaky ductwork is a more challenging problem that can cause excessive dust. Small gaps can develop in ductwork due to age, damage or poor workmanship. These gaps allow dust to flow in at a point past your filter and flow out the vents into your rooms.

If you see dust buildup on the fins or around the vents, you may have leaky ductwork. Enlisting the help of an Intagas technician will provide a more thorough inspection. We can detect and patch leaks in places that you may not be able to reach.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Your AC unit actually helps dust your home with this easy trick: switch your thermostat’s fan setting from “auto” to “On” while you dust. In the “On” position, the blower circulates air constantly, so when you dust your home, those airborne dust particles will be sucked up through the return vents and removed by the air filters. When you are done dusting, turn it back to “Auto” so the blower doesn’t run continuously.

If you’ve tried these three tips and your home is still dusty, Intagas can work with you to find a solution.

Contact Mick on 0435 579 094 or send a quick email.

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