Pet dander is a major dust
contributor.  Your diligence will be
sorely tested if you have a pet that
sheds.  Seriously consider the
implications of pet ownership if you
have respiratory problems and are
thinking about getting a dog or cat.
 There are hypo-allergenic dogs,
but a turtle, goldfish or gecko will
produce less dust and dander
(with correspondingly less love and
affection.  Sigh ...)
Although you will never get rid of all the dust in
your house, there are several ways to significantly
reduce dust.  Start dusting from the highest point in
your house and work your way down.  Regular
vacuuming is a must, using the correct floor height
setting and a HEPA filter.  You may consider replacing
the amount of carpeting in your house if you have
allergies or asthma because carpets are the largest
dust collectors in our home.  Change your furnace
filters regularly and use filters that collect the
smallest particles.  Good luck in your duel against
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Clean your Bedding
Bedding is the second most popular place for dust
to settle.  You need to pay special attention to
sheets, pillow cases and covers because we spend
one third of our life in bed.  Wash your sheets
bedding at least weekly in hot water (minimum of
130 degrees Farenheit).  If allergies and asthma are
in play, you should cover use plastic mattress covers
to keep out the dust mites.
You must have a dust removal strategy that begins
at the top of your house and works downward.  That
means you should attack the highest places first and
let the dust settle down to your floors and carpets.  
Use a long handled Swiffer to reach high corners and
a regular duster to knock dust off mantles and
shelves.  Most of the dust will fall aimlessly downward
and that’s when you can really begin removing it from
your home.
Start From the Top
Sites and Blogs about Dust
A few of our favorite dust sites.  Check them out for great information.
CNN -- 8 Easy Steps                                   Wise Geek                                                     
Reader's Digest                                          How to Get Rid of Stuff
Dust Mite Video
Before getting rid of dust, you must know what it is.  Dust is technically defined as any
particle less than 500 microns in diameter.  In other words, dust is really, really tiny stuff about
the size of, well, dust!  Most of the dust in our homes consists of skin flakes.  That’s right,
small pieces of our skin and the skin of our pets and loved ones.  And believe it or not, there
are critters called dust mites that feast on the dust and excrete (a.k.a. poop) all over the
place.  For something so unremarkable, dust is pretty horrible stuff.  Luckily, there are several
ways to reduce dust in your home.
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Your furnace and air conditioning units are
continually circulating air throughout your house.  
It makes sense to use the best air filter to
combat dust particles.  Use filters specially
designed to trap the smallest particles.  They cost
a bit more but the results are noticeable.  Most
importantly, change your filters regularly.  A good
way strategy is to replace them monthly every
time you pay your mortgage or rent.
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Electrostatic Air Filters
There are a lot of high falutin
electrostatic air filters on the market
today.  They are usually designed
to work in a single room and work
by creating electrostatic charges
that attract and trap dust.  You
should do a lot of research before
purchasing one of these filters.   
Poorly made filters have the
negative effect of producing ozone
which can be worse for you than
the dust they collect.
Vacuum your Carpets
Carpets are the number one dust collector in your house.  
Think about it.  Carpets are cover vast swatches of flooring
and have infinite nooks and crannies for dust to lodge.  
Regular vacuuming is the most effective way to remove
dust.  Vacuum at least twice a week and use the correct
setting.  Don’t skimp on the bag.  Use a HEPA filter to
collect and trap the most dust.  
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