Who likes a dusty home? If you have ever wondered why your home gets so dusty regardless of how often you clean, this could be a sign that your HVAC system is not filtering dust as it should be. As your trusted Chicagoland plumbing and HVAC service provider, Hobson Plumbing and Heating is always here to help!
Your air filters could be the culprit if you’re experiencing issues with dust. Filters are supposed to trap dust or other materials from entering your home and need to be either replaced or cleaned regularly. If they get too dirty, they will become ineffective and cause dust to build up in your home.
The problem might also be leaking air ducts. The primary issue with leaky air ducts is that it can cause your HVAC unit to work harder and cause unfiltered, dusty air to get into your home. Signs of a leaky air duct are lint or dust build up on vent registers, high energy bills, and hot or cold spots in your house. If you think the air ducts might be the issue, you should inspect the ductwork for leaky joints and seal as needed. Hobson Plumbing and Heating is highly trained in fixing ductwork so don’t hesitate to contact us.
High Humidity Levels
High levels of humidity in the home can also cause dust to build up. Thankfully, there is an easy solution to this issue. To solve for this, many homeowners have installed a whole-house humidifier or a humidifier for each room with the most use. Humidity can be a common problem in Chicagoland area homes and since fungi, mold, and dust mites prefer high humidity levels, this is an issue homeowners should not ignore.
Check for Cracks Around Windows
Another way dust can get into your home is through cracks in windows. If you believe this may be the issue simply re-caulk your windows. This is a great project to tackle during the winter months if re-caulking, however, be sure to use the appropriate caulk that can withstand cold temperatures if near window seals or colder parts of your home.
Reduce Incoming Dirt
Dust can easily be brought into the home from your family’s shoes which is a common reason why the house is so dusty. A simple fix with this is having everyone refrain from wearing shoes inside the home. Easier said than done we know!
It’s a good idea to run through this list first to see if you can tackle dust issues by yourself. However, if you have followed our tips by changing your filters, sealing your ducts, added a humidifier, and are still finding your home to be dustier than usual, it’s best to have your HVAC system checked out by a professional to determine if a repair is needed.
If you have been experiencing indoor quality air issues or an excessive amount of dust in your home and believe your HVAC system may be the issue, contact us for service.