Dust is made of fine particles of solid matter. On Earth, it generally consists of particles in the atmosphere that come from various sources such as soil, dust lifted by wind (an aeolian process), volcanic eruptions, and pollution. Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibers, minerals from outdoor soil, human skin cells, burnt meteorite particles, and many other materials which may be found in the local environment.
Like it or not, dust is going to be part of our daily life.
Whenever you open your windows or doors, dust will flow in.
Whenever you returned from the outside, dust will attach to your body and clothes will enter your home.
This includes stuff such as groceries that you bring in along when you enter your home.
The size of dust can be as small as 10 Microns which is not even visible to the human eye.
As a result, you may not even realize that this dust had been with you all these while as you can’t see them.
But wait, it is just dust anyway. It is not gonna bite me or injure me in any form.
Let’s take a look at what dust could impact your daily life.
The impact of dust on a person’s daily life
The more toxic the dust particle, the more dangerous it is to your health.
As for the transmission of the dust particle, it then depends on the size of the particles.
Dust particles that are lesser than 2.5 micrometers can potentially get into the bloodstream of a person when the person breathes in the particles which go into the lungs and then into the bloodstream.
Dust particles that are bigger than that do not have such impact but instead, it could cause irritation and itchiness in the eyes, nose, and skin.
It short, if you are exposed to toxical dust particles, you might experience the following health effects:
- Irritation of the airways, coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing
- Reduced lung function
- Aggravate asthma, COPD, and other chronic lung conditions: wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and increased frequency and severity of attacks
- Rarely, particles may also increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke in susceptible people.
Can air purifiers remove dust completely?
The level of impact dust can do on a person depends on how toxic the dust particles are.
Unfortunately, an air purifier is not your silver bullet in removing dust.
I had experimented with putting a HEPA air purifier in my room but still need to pull out my vacuum cleaner every week to get rid of dust.
However, if you check the pre-filter of the air purifier, you will find that there are dust captured by the pre-filter which pretty much conclude that it did help to reduce dust around your surrounding.
As a result, you can’t rely on the air purifier to replace your vacuum cleaner, but you can expect to do your regular vacuum work.
Also, it is important to note that air purifiers clean the air particles. Hence, for dust that is not traveling in the air, there’s no way for an air purifier to remove it.
Do remember to check out one of my entries on how an air purifier works.
What to look for in an air purifier for dust removal?
There are certain things that you need to look out for when you need an air purifier to remove dust.
First, always look for the HEPA filter type of air purifier. Avoid ionizer type if you are looking for dust removal in particular as this type of air purifier doesn’t do much when it comes to dust removal.
Second, you need to know the room size that you want to cover and match with the air purifier that has the specification to cover that.
Lastly, it will be also good to get an air purifier that has activated carbon to help to reduce odor in the room.
Should you get an air purifier?
Yes, certainly an air purifier will give a lot of health benefits to your life.
Especially if you have an allergy to dust, an air purifier is something worth investing in.
Besides that, it will also circulate the air surrounding you to give you clean air to breathe into your lungs.
However, I’d like to remind you that it should not be assumed as your only way to combat your allergies.
What else can you do to remove dust in your room?
Prevention is always better than cure.
To remove dust in your surrounding, the very first thing to do is to prevent dust from coming in.
If you are living in countries that have poor air quality, you should always keep your door and window closed although it is encouraged to open your doors and windows.
In addition to that, you should also apply an under the door seal to prevent dust from going into your home.
Besides that, you should always vacuum your floor to keep dust off your surrounding. Look for a HEPA type vacuum cleaner for better efficiency.
Lastly, if you have an air purifier, remember to change the filter frequently. An expired filter is as good as not having an air purifier.
Remember to check out my entry on how to remove dust without an air purifier.
When it comes to combating dust, I personally would clean my room from time to time.
Remember that dust will drop from high are to lower area. Therefore, remember that your cleaning process should always start from the top and finally at the lowest level.
This means that it is important to sequence your cleaning to start from the ceiling and then finally and usually is the floor.
As for the furniture, I will wipe on a weekly basis with cleaning wipes that you can easily find.
Once I’m done with the furniture, I will finish off by vacuuming the floor and finally a final wipe over the floor that I had just vacuumed.
It takes a lot of effort to ensure your environment is clean but it is all worth it at the end of the day.
Please leave a comment if you have a much better idea of removing dust at home below.