Have you noticed more dust in your home than usual? This does not mean you are slacking on your housekeeping. Excess dust could indicate a problem with your air conditioning system. Thankfully, many issues that result in extra dust in your home are fairly easy to repair. Here are some things you should do:
Change Your Air Filter
The air filter in your air conditioner system is literally the barrier between your home and a multitude of dust and debris. If your filter becomes full, the excess dust still needs a place to go. It will eventually flow into your home. This leaves dust all over your home furnishings and even in your lungs.
Check Your Ductwork for Leaks
Another cause of dust can come from leaks in your ducting. Over time, small tears or holes can develop in the ductwork in the attic, which is prime real estate for dust. The dust can get inside the ducting and flow inside your home directly into the vents, bypassing the air filter all together.
If you see a buildup of dust on your vents in different rooms of the house, chances are you have a leaky duct. If you can get around your attic well or if your ductwork is in a convenient location, you could do an inspection on your own. Turn all the lights off and shine a flashlight into the ductwork. The flashlight will help you see excess dust particles flowing through the duct, meaning you probably have a leak. You will need to call your HVAC technician to repair or replace the ductwork for you if this is the cause of your dust.
Humidify Your Air
If you have very dry air in your home, the dust can flow more freely about the house, even if you do not have more dust than normal. Dust becomes more noticeable in dry air than in humid air because the moisture in humid air traps the dust faster and pulls it into your air filter more quickly. Dry air allows dust to travel farther throughout the home, therefore making it seem like there is more dust than you actually have.
If the excess dust in your home is causing problems with you or your family's health, you need to contact a licensed HVAC technician to come diagnose any potential problems and possibly perform a new air conditioning installation. Dust is a nuisance, but it can also wreak havoc on your respiratory system.