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Blending honesty, trust, & integrity with accountability, skill, & expertise

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Why is my home so dusty and what can I do about it?

The dust in your home may be coming from more than just an open door or window. One of the items you may not have considered is your heating and air conditioning system causing the problems with dust in your home.

More specifically you may have a problem with your duct work or damaged ductwork connected to your heating and air system.

The ductwork for your central heating and air system is either located in your attic or under your home.

Your air conditioner or furnace pulls the inside of your home and creates suction.

If you have damaged ductwork you may be pulling air in from the sub area of your home or even from the attic. The sub area is an open area of dirt and the attic if filled with insulation. If your ductwork is pulling air from wither of these locations you have the potential of breathing the dirt and dust. Anywhere there is a connection holding the ductwork together there is the possibility of a break in the duct.

Once of the things to consider if you have allergies is they could be triggered because of the type of air being pulled into your home.

What causes ductwork to not function properly

When your system was installed it could be that it was not installed correctly, or the parts used were inferior. Over time parts break down due to the conditions especially in the heat. Your attic can reach temperatures of 130 to 140 degrees on a hot day. This type of heat breaks down cheap materials and can cause breaks to appear in the ductwork or the connections. If your installer did not use the correct procedures or spend enough time connecting the ductwork you may end up with a break somewhere. These breaks can pull the dirty air into the ductwork and then distribute it into your home.

Weak connections of ducts lead to a break down in the overall seal. Sealed ductwork stops air from being pulled in where it does not belong.

Damage from contractors can be another reason you have problems with dust in your home. If someone has been near the ductwork and damaged it the potential for dirt and dust to be introduced into the ductwork increases.

Rodents or animals may have near or around your ductwork looking for a place to get warm or cool. Damage to your ductwork can happen when an animal or rodent opens up the ducts through the use of claws or teeth. The suction created from the pressure in the duct in turn pulls dirt, dust and debris into your system and he distributes it into your home.

Not changing the filter often enough

You may not be changing your filter frequently enough and it may not be your fault. Most homeowners do not know that a filter should be changed on a set schedule. Most filters were designed to last 60 – 90 days depending upon how many people live in your home and how many pets you have.

Changing your filter not only has the potential to help reduce dust it also helps keep your system working properly.

What to do if you feel your home is too dusty

If you feel your home is too dusty or you have concerns about the type of ductwork you have we would love to come out and take care of you. Your questions or concerns can be answered and you will be able to find out if you have a proper installation as well as if your ducts are energy efficient. Its really easy to set up and appointment just Call 916-714-1143and we can help you out with your concerns. 

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