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Dust And Your Health

Are you tired of cleaning your house from dust?

Did you know that dust is made up of tiny solid particles that can be organic or inorganic and either float in the air or settle on surfaces of furniture and the floor? Regardless of what type of dust it is, it can cause harm to both your home and your health. How can it be?

Dust And Your Home

Perhaps the most obvious way dust damages your home or apartment is by ruining its esthetics. A dusty home looks unsanitary and uncomfortable, and that's not an image most of us want to project.

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

Air conditioners generally have filters and heat exchangers, and it is these components that are affected by dust. When dust accumulates on these coils, the unit becomes less efficient and has to work harder, consuming more electricity and leaving you with less cool air.

Dust And Your Health

The most important reason why you should keep your home dust-free is your own and your health. Apart from triggering asthma attacks and allergic reactions, when you breathe in dust, you are likely to get mild to severe respiratory infections.

This starts with inhaling dust through your nose. If the dust settles there and is not removed, it can cause inflammation of the mucous membranes called rhinitis. If the dust passes through the nose into the deeper airways, it can affect larger airways such as the trachea and bronchi, causing tracheitis or bronchitis.

If the dust reaches the lungs and the protective mechanisms of the lungs, it can lead to more serious problems.

We have already mentioned that dust can be organic or inorganic, and it is very important to know what type of dust is being inhaled. For example, if you breathe in silica dust, you risk damaging lung tissue, which can lead to scarring. If it is crystalline silica, the damage can be severe enough to affect lung function.

Inhaling asbestos can damage the respiratory system and cause the lungs to become stiff and lose their elasticity. In addition, dust particles that enter the bloodstream can cause serious health problems.

Safety For You And Your Home

Considering the damage dust can do, it's imperative that you try to keep your home dust-free. While it's not the easiest task, here are some simple measures you can start taking today:

  • Clean carpets and rugs by vacuuming regularly or shaking them out outdoors.

  • Clean your closets. Part with clothes you no longer wear, throw away clutter and limit the space where dust can accumulate. Always remember to vacuum the bottom of your closet.

  • Change your bedding weekly and dust the bed itself and vacuum under the bed as well.

  • Have your air conditioners cleaned and serviced regularly.

Advantages Of A Dust-Free Home

Improvement of indoor air quality
Protection from health hazards
A visually appealing home

Ensuring the longevity of appliances