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Why Does My House Get So Dusty Every Day?

  • Zak 
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Why does my house get so dusty every day? That’s a question I get frequently and since I dealt with this problem in my own home, I decided to share some of my insights and experience on the matter.

There are a few possible reasons why your home gets dusty and they are as follows:

  1. Clutter collects dust.
  2. Carpets trap dust.
  3. Improper installation, insulation, and sealing of windows and doors.
  4. Dirty air filters.
  5. Open windows and doors near sandy areas.
  6. High foot traffic and pets carrying dirt and dust.
  7. Leaky air ducts.

Sometimes, it’s a combination of these problems that all contribute to a dusty home. Unless you troubleshoot and search for the problem by considering these factors, you’ll have a hard time figuring out what’s the exact cause of the issue and how to effectively solve it.

Let’s take a closer look into each of these reasons along with the solutions that are available to you to resolve this dusty issue once and for all.

Reasons and Solutions For A Dusty Home

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1. Clutter collects dust

To maintain a clean home that is usually free of dust, open spaces with a lack of clutter are instrumental. Not only is it easier to sweep and remove dust in homes that are minimalistic and clutter free but there are fewer places for dust to accumulate or get trapped.

This is one of the reasons why it is encouraged to clear up your space. 

  • Get rid of unnecessary items from a room. 
  • Place shoes into boxes, cupboards, or wracks. 
  • Get rid of empty boxes that may be laying around. 
  • Pack away appliances that are unused.
  • Donate old books or store them in drawers that are concealed from dust.

These simple changes to your home decor can significantly reduce the accumulation of dust and dirt.

The next time you ask yourself this question, why does my house get so dusty every day? Ask yourself whether your house is cluttered first. That’s a good place to start.

2. Carpets trap dust

As much as it’s true that clutter is responsible for the accumulation of dust, there are some homeowners who are organized and minimalistic yet they still deal with this problem.

Why is that?

I thought about it and I noticed a pattern.

Those homeowners who opted for carpets over hardwood floors or ceramic tiles deal with more dust issues than the latter.

Carpets do not cause more dust than other types of flooring but they trap and hold onto dust more than the others.

Normally, by just sweeping, you could remove most dust from your home. But, since carpet traps dust, if you only sweep, you won’t remove a lot of it. This will create the illusion that your house gets so dusty every day.

To resolve this issue, try vacuuming carpets once or twice per week. I’m willing to bet that you’ll notice a significant reduction in how dusty your house gets every day.

3. Improper installation, insulation, and sealing of windows and doors

This is perhaps one of the most overlooked reasons why our homes get dusty because of how hard it is to tell if something has been adequately insulated or not.

In fact, some windows and doors were properly installed, insulated, and sealed but with use and the passage of time, they shifted and moved creating gaps that allow dust to pass through at all times.

Check if your windows and doors are closing properly. tighten the screws on the hinges and install blockers at the bottom of the doors. This should help to keep unwanted dust from entering your home when doors and windows are closed.

4. Dirty air filters

Have you considered the possibility that your home is getting dusty every day because of the HVAC system?

Air passes through the HVAC system which has filters that are meant to capture dust, pollen, and other pollutants.

You have to remove, wash, and clean these filters to allow clean air to flow through your home. After some time, you also have to invest in new filters when the old ones are too dirty and damaged.

Speak to a professional home maintenance professional about checking and replacing your air filters if you don’t know how to. This could significantly clean up the air quality and dust quantity in your home.

5. Open windows and doors near sandy areas

Sometimes, the reason why a home gets so dusty is due to external factors.

We used to have a big garden that wrapped around our home. It was beautiful but the issue was that our home with get so sandy and dusty every day.

Due to a tropical climate, we experience unpredictable weather on most days, and with wind, it’s hard to control what gets blown around or into your home.

That’s what happened with us and we were forced to gravel and tar around our home. Once we made this change, the amount of sand and dust that entered our home dropped significantly.

If you can’t afford to change the outdoor environment right now, you just have to find ways to block dust and dirt from being blown in, even if that means closing doors and windows more frequently and earlier each day. 

6. High foot traffic and pets carrying dirt and dust

In a home with high foot traffic and pets, it’s inevitable that dirt and dust will be carried inside more often.

You could require people to slip into indoor shoes that are clean whenever they come inside. 

That will most certainly help with dust and dirt issues.

But, it’s a little harder when you have cats and dogs. They shed fur so often and dust can easily get trapped in their coat of fur.

All you can do in this case is vacuum and sweep more often.

7. Leaky air ducts

Sometimes, the issue with an HVAC system may extend beyond the air filters. It could be that the air ducts which are installed along the ceilings, walls, and crawlspaces have holes or poorly sealed connections.

This can be an entryway for dust to enter the ducts and pass through your home at all times.

The only way to truly identify and fix this issue is to inspect the ducts. I would recommend calling in a professional to do this for you.

Final Thoughts

Believe me when I tell you that I can’t handle a dusty home. Not only does it make me feel dirty and uncomfortable but I also struggle with sinus issues.

The last thing I need is constant exposure to dust in my home which is why I troubleshoot frequently and ensure that I don’t have any of these issues affecting my home.

If all else fails, an effective cleaning regimen that prioritizes vacuuming and dusting can help to manage a dusty home.

With that being said, I hope you found this article on why does my house get so dusty every day to be helpful. If you did, then be sure to check out some of the other cleaning articles that I have linked down below.

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