Do you feel like even though you dust often there is more dust every time you turn around?
Do have dust allergies?
Many air conditioning contractors will tell you that you need a better filter; or that you should get rid of your carpet; or get a duct cleaning; or seal your duct work.
While there are many good reasons to have a good air filter, filters actually do not have much impact on controlling dust in your home.
While there are many good reasons to have a good air filter, filters actually do not have much impact on controlling dust in your home. The main function of a filter is to capture particles from the air going into your air conditioner to keep the air conditioning system clean because dirty evaporator coils can cause failure of your air conditioning system. So, the filter is cleaning the air going into your air conditioner, but what about the rest of the air in your home?
It’s true that carpet can hold a lot of dust, and that can be a very good thing. Carpet actually catches and holds dust in one place, enabling you to vacuum it to get rid of it. Hard floors let dust fly around, which can make it much harder to remove excess dust. As long as you vacuum regularly you may be better off with carpet. Another bonus to vacuuming often is it actually prolongs the life of your carpet!
Duct cleaning may remove dust from your duct work, but there shouldn’t have been dust in your duct work to begin with. If there is dust in your duct work, you should worry about taking care of how it got there. Cleaning your duct work will remove what’s in them at the moment, but if you don’t determine the source of the dust you will continue having problems.
Sealing the ducts could possibly make matters worse if the existing duct work is not sized properly. Improperly sized duct work can create negative pressure, and without going into all the building science technical mumbo-jumbo, this can create a suction effect which can cause unfiltered, unconditioned, dirty air to be pulled in from every hole and opening in your home. The home envelope can have excessive leaking from places you can’t see from inside your home, allowing unclean dirty unfiltered air in. It’s not realistic to think that all dust can be eliminated from a home. Every opening of a door and window and every unsealed opening allow dust in.
The Comfort Authority can help you significantly reduce the amount of dust entering your home. The experts at The Comfort Authority are BPI (Building Performance Institute) certified, which means they’ve mastered the skills in building science solutions. Our goal, as your air conditioning contractor, is to inform and educate you so that you fully understand what is going on in your home. We will take the time to meticulously assess your whole home to root out the real problems and offer you the most practical solutions. The Comfort Authority services Tampa Bay. Call us today at (813) 575-6996 to schedule your complete home assessment and our experts will provide you with the knowledge you need to make the best decisions you can.