Minimizing Your Attic Dust Accumulation

Attics are dirty, and that's fine, right? Dirt in the attic impacts the air quality of your home. Here are some tips for minimizing attic dust accumulation.

Perhaps you wander into your attic two or three times a year. Each time you take a peek, you get a tickle in your nose because of dust accumulated on every surface and stored item in there. There's not much to do but make haste with the old vacuum and get to work.

But how can you eliminate dust once and for all? Unfortunately, dust problems may never really go away, and your attic may never be completely dust-free, despite your best efforts and use of the latest air purifiers. There will be dust in the attic, and even thick white dust in the house shortly after cleaning your attic.

A relatively clean attic is still highly attainable. Here are a couple of ways a homeowner can start minimizing attic dust accumulation and preventing dust particles from floating throughout their entire home.

Haul Out The Junk

How to remove thick dust from the attic? You can begin by hauling out your clutter. Things that we no longer use or imagine we may need in the future are filling up our attic at an alarming rate. We tend to pile our stuff messily until there isn’t any more room; then we find a new location for our junk. Therefore, the first thing you need to do is remove all of the stored items from your attic. 

To make your weekend attic cleaning project ten times easier, remove any boxes, furniture, and other unused items from the attic and into your main home or garage. In the case of large, cumbersome items that are difficult to move, try pushing things to one side of the room and then cleaning them piece by piece. Wash all fabrics in hot, soapy water to remove dust and allergens.

Organizing the old boxes will take at least a day, so make sure you take the time to go through everything and figure out what is worth keeping and what is worth donating. Selling anything that is of value but not worth holding onto is a great idea. Electronics, photos and fragile materials shouldn't go in the attic. Improper storage can lead to the damage of these precious items in the future.  Before putting anything back in the attic, make sure to clean everything thoroughly.

Get To Cleaning

Put on an air filtration dust mask to protect your face and filter airborne particles.

Dust removal is an integral part of any cleaning routine. Using a microfiber cloth instead of a feather duster or damp cloth, which only moves the dust about, is the next step in cleaning the attic. A synthetic duster, which draws and traps dust, is another option.

Make quick work of removing dust from surfaces such as the wall, windows, ceiling fans, and frames. You may easily remove the attic's dust and dirt using an electrostatically charged synthetic duster. Additionally, you can easily reach high surfaces such as ceiling fans, frames, and windows by using a duster with an extension arm.

A vacuum cleaner is preferable if you have a lot of dust, dust mites, pet dander, and solid debris in your attic. A broom will also do the job, but it will spew dust into your home's air.

Check Your Insulation

When cleaning an attic, it's easy to overlook the insulation. Make sure the insulation is level with your attic's floor joists when you check it. If you see that the insulation isn't up to snuff, you'll need to add more. Examine the attic's eaves to verify whether your insulation is evenly spread.

Is there any evidence of water damage? If this is the case, don't delay contacting certified attic specialists. They can complete the attic clean-up for you. If your insulation is damaged, the attic specialist should replace it. 

Believe it or not, the kind of insulation in your attic just might be the most common cause of dust in your home.  

In the attic of most houses, there is a type of insulation that decomposes into dust. Consequently, airborne dust will clog your HVAC system and air ducts. Dust will also find its way even through the ceiling's tiniest air gaps.

Remove And Replace Your Insulation

As mentioned above, sometimes outdated insulation is what causes a dusty house. Which is why we always begin by removing your dusty old insulation with a professional-grade HEPA-filtered hose.

Some forms of insulation may need removal by hand. After that, they use a non-toxic antibacterial sanitizer to sterilize all of the surfaces and avoid any health issues. 

You'll have an attic inspection performed by a certified professional attic inspector. The certified attic specialist will propose the right insulation for your attic.

Check The Ductwork & HVAC Unit

Your ducts may be leaking and letting in the dust. Suppose there are holes in the ducts or open locations where two sections of ductwork link; dust may be pulled into the ducts and then blown into your living space by the HVAC system.

The issue might be a duct leak if you observe more dust after operating your furnace or air conditioner. How can you prevent dust from getting into your air conditioner? Certified attic specialists will confirm any leaks and may propose high-efficiency particulate air filters for your unit, as well as cleaning and replacing the drip pan and making other adjustments. 

Superior Attic will inspect your ductwork, recommend ideal solutions for any HVAC dust control issues, and ensure problems don't carry into the rest of your house.

Minimizing Attic Dust

Insulation in your attic helps to keep your home warm or cool and less prone to dust. Attic insulation of the highest quality contributes to your home's improvement and lowers your air conditioning costs. As a result, it's critical that you do frequent attic insulation inspections and make any necessary adjustments as needed.

There is no doubt that you can significantly minimize attic dust and have an attic dust-proofing plan in place. Have a certified attic specialist inspect, advise, and professionally clean your attic for you.

Attic cleaning requires more than polish and a cloth. It's a lengthy procedure that requires dedication. The good news is that it is well worth it for the breathability and comfortability of you and your family. 

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