I moved into a new place this past year, and I noticed that the air quality was inferior to my previous residence.
I would consider myself a fairly clean person.
Throughout the week, I make an effort to keep the house clean as I go. I wash all my dishes when I am done with them, I make the bed every morning, and I keep my belongings tidy. On the weekends, I stay on top of laundry, vacuum all the carpets, and sweep and dust hard surfaces. Up until this point, this has always been more than enough for me. However, in this new place, I’ve noticed that no matter how often I clean, there is always a layer of dust accumulating on the floors and shelves. I started to clean more often, but I really don’t have the time to be dusting surfaces every other day. I had no idea what the cause of this accumulation of dust could be, but after some research, I realized that the problem was poor air quality. When I moved in, I didn’t even think about the maintenance of the heating and cooling units. I decided to replace the air filters in an effort to reduce the accumulation of dust. Sure enough, the vents were caked with dust and debris. I changed out all of the air filters and scrubbed every single vent in the house. I noticed an immediate difference in the air quality in my home. I guess that I don’t need to dust as frequently, I just need to remember to clean and change my HVAC filters every 4 to 6 weeks. I’m just relieved that I was able to locate the source of the problem because I was not a fan of all that dust!