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3 Tips For Minimizing The Spread Of Dust By Your Home's Furnace

If you or someone in your household has severe allergies or asthma, part of reducing the symptoms is keeping the air as clean as possible. This includes the dust that flies around in the air, much of which is spread around by your furnace. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to minimize the spread of dust by your home's furnace, as discussed below.

1.  Wipe the Furnace's Exterior

When thinking about reducing the dust spread by your heating system, you may already vacuum in and around the floor vents in your home. However, if you neglect to wipe the furnace down itself, dust will still be sucked into the unit and blown through the furnace and the ducts.

About once a month, turn off your furnace. Then, take a cloth dampened with clear water and wipe down the furnace's casing. Make sure the sides have cooled down so you do not burn yourself. 

2.  Replace the Air Filter

The next thing you should do after wiping down the furnace is to replace the filter. Even if you are diligent about replacing the filter once a month or even several times during the season, a lot of dust can still become trapped inside the fibers and blown through the furnace.

While the furnace is still off, remove the old air filter and replace it with a new one. However, if you wish to take your dust-busting efforts a step further, do not put in the new one just yet.

3.  Clean the Interior of the Blower

Another way you can remove some of the dust built up inside your furnace is to clean the interior of the blower. If you already have the old filter removed, this is a good time to do this task, as the blower will be exposed without the filter in.

Remove the access panel to the heater, and look for the space behind where the filter is usually located. Then, use a damp cloth to wipe the inside of the blower. You can also wipe any flat surfaces inside the furnace to remove any dust, but be careful to avoid hitting any of the components.

While using the above tips can help you reduce the majority of the dust inside your furnace, it does not get rid of it all. For a more thorough cleaning, contact a furnace cleaning service, such as Always Ready Repair, to clear away dirt and dust inside the nooks and crannies of the furnace.