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Two Ways Your HVAC Unit Could Be Making Your Home Dusty

Two Ways Your HVAC Unit Could Be Making Your Home Dusty
It can be frustrating to spend time cleaning your house regularly, only to have it become dusty again before you know it. Where is this dust coming from, and what can you do about it?

In many cases, your filters and ductwork can be to blame for the excessive dust in your home. This is especially true if the rest of your house, including doors and windows, have tight seals keeping the outdoor dust and dirt from entering your home.

Leaky Ductwork

When your ductwork isn’t properly sealed, air is able to move in and out of it. That means your air conditioning and heat can escape, and the dirty air in your attic or crawl space can get sucked in. If you plan to seal these leaks yourself, know that you should never use duct tape as it will eventually dry out and fall off. Your best bet for finding and sealing leaks effectively is to hire an HVAC professional who has all of the necessary tools.

Inadequate Filtration
The filters you choose for your HVAC unit are another main source of dust in your home. When you use cheap filters most of the dust and dirt are able to get through and into your home. However, you also don’t want to use a filter that is too strong because it can make it difficult for your unit to bring in enough air. This causes a strain on your HVAC unit as well as an increase in energy use that will be reflected on your monthly power bill. There are a variety of filters available that can improve the air quality of your home while still allowing your unit to function efficiently.

Regardless of the filter you choose, it won’t do you much good if you don’t replace it as often as you’re supposed to. How often you change it will depend on the type of filter used, whether or not you have pets, and if you have allergies that make you sensitive to dust and dander. The same is true of the air filters on your vacuum cleaner. If they’re inadequate or dirty, they’ll just blow dirt all over your house instead of keeping it inside the vacuum where it belongs.

Whatever the cause, East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help. We can inspect your ductwork, find and seal leaks, and help you choose filters and products that will work best with your HVAC unit. Contact us to learn more and to discuss your options.

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