How Dust Affects Your House and Health  

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Sick of cleaning the dust in your house?

Did you know that dust is made up of tiny solid particles which can be organic or inorganic, and are either suspended in the air or found settled onto surfaces of furniture and the floor? Whatever type they are, dust is something that can cause damage to both your home and your health. How so?

 

Dust and Your Home

Perhaps the most obvious way that dust damages your home or apartment is by ruining its aesthetic appeal. A dusty home comes across as unsanitary and unwelcoming which is not an image most of us want to portray.

In addition, dust can also damage most of your electronic appliances, from your computers, TV through to air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers.

Air Conditioners in general have filters and coils, and it is these particular components that are the ones affected by dust. When dust builds ups on these coils, the unit becomes less efficient and is forced to work harder, using more electricity and leaving you with less cool air.

 

Dust and Your Health

The more important reason you need to keep your home dust free is for you and your health. Aside from triggering asthma attacks and allergic reactions, when you inhale dust, there is a likelihood of you developing minor to severe respiratory tract infections.

The way this develops is beginning with breathing in dust through the nose. When dust settles there and is not removed, it can cause the mucus membranes to become inflamed, a condition known as rhinitis. If dust passes through the nose and goes deeper into the airways, it can affect bigger air passages such as the trachea and bronchi, causing tracheitis and bronchitis respectively.

If dust reaches the lungs and the lung’s protective mechanisms, it can lead to the development of more serious issues.

Earlier we mentioned that dust can be organic or inorganic, and knowing which type of dust is inhaled is very important. For one, when you inhale silica dust, you risk damaging the lung tissue which can cause scarring. If it were crystalline silica, the damage can be so severe that it impairs the functions of the lungs.

Inhalation of asbestos can damage the airways and cause lungs to become stiff and lose their elasticity. Furthermore, dust particles that are dissolved in the bloodstream can cause serious health issues.

 

Keeping You and Your Home Safe

Considering all the damage that dust can do, it is imperative to try and keep your home free of dust. Whilst it’s not the easiest of tasks, here are some simple ways you can implement starting today:

 

  • Clean rugs and carpets by vacuuming regularly or giving them a good shake outdoors.
  • Clean your closets. Get rid of clothes you don’t wear, throw away the junk and limit the space that dust can settle. Always remember to vacuum the bottom of your closet space.
  • Changing your bedding weekly and dusting the actual bed itself along with vacuuming under the bed.
  • Have your air conditioners regularly cleaned and serviced.

 

 

The last point is very important since dust travels through air, and you don’t want your air conditioners to blow dirty around your house after all the cleaning you’ve done. To book a HydroKleen, please contact your local technician on 1300 608 318.

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