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Three HVAC Issues That Make Your Home Dusty
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Three HVAC Issues That Make Your Home Dusty

Dusting is pretty close to the top on the list of most hated chores for quite a few people. After all, who likes watching all that grime accumulate on the rag, or lifting each piece on a shelf to get underneath it? It’s a pain! That being said, if your home is excessively dusty, it might not be that you’re procrastinating—it might be that your HVAC needs a little help.

Indeed, quite a few HVAC issues can lead to a dense layer of filth throughout the house, and the exact source of the issue isn’t always easy to pinpoint. Furnace Doctors, your Saint Paul Park HVAC contractors, is here to shed some light on the subject. Below, you’ll learn a little more about three of the most common HVAC system problems that can leave your home drowning in dust.

Damaged Ducts

As the “highways” in which filtered air flows through your home, your ductwork plays an important role in how clean—or dirty—your residential indoor air quality is. It’s equipped with filters at critical points so as to police dust-causing particles, but when this system becomes damaged, these filters can’t catch what they need to.

Ducts can spring leaks from age or physical damage, and these leaks tend to be tricky to find. Air that hasn’t been filtered gains access to your ductwork through these gaps, thus distributing dust throughout your home.

Your Filter Isn’t a High Enough MERV Rating

Air purification happens thanks to your HVAC system’s physical filters—the large, frequently panel-shaped things that you need to check monthly for cleanliness purposes. However, even if you’re doing your system it’s due justice, your filter can still be letting dust-causing particles through if it isn’t at a high enough MERV rating.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, MERV ratings “report a filter's ability to capture larger particles between 0.3 and 10 microns (µm).” The higher this rating, the more potentially dust-causing particles your filter will catch, so if your home is dusty, it’s possible your filter might not be up to snuff.

Your House Needs Higher Humidity

Homes with humidity that is too low—air that is too dry, in other words—tend to have problems with dust. This is due to a variety of reasons, but one thing is for certain: you need a pro to install a whole house humidifier if your humidity levels are unbalanced. Dust isn’t the only problem that comes with low humidity, as we covered in our HVAC services blog “Why Is Managing Your Home’s Humidity Important?”.

Bust the Dust With the Help of Furnace Doctors

We’re here to help your home shine just in time for the new year. Give our Saint Paul Park HVAC contractors a call at 651-789-3082.

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