3 Super Easy Ways To Reduce Dust During Your Remodel
Reducing dust and debris in the air can make a big difference in your overall experience during a remodel. Especially when you’re still living in the space, it can be difficult to come home and find every surface covered in a layer of dust.
Demolition can put a lot of debris into the air as things are removed from the space that may have been there for a long time. Drywall is another time when the cutting and sanding can stir a lot of sticky particles into the air that can feel like they are coating your whole house in a white drywall dust snow. It is messy work, and there’s no way around it.
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These easy ways to reduce dust can be a lifesaver, especially for those with allergies.
While it isn’t realistic to think that you will be able to get rid of 100% of the dust during your remodel, there are ways to greatly reduce the amount of dust in the air so it doesn’t have a chance to get into other areas of your home.
1. Use An Air Scrubber
If you’re serious about reducing dust and keeping the air in your home clear during your remodel, it is worth the investment to purchase an air scrubber.
Air scrubbers are essentially heavy duty filters that capture large particles like dust and dust mites, lint, pollen, and other debris that can get into the air during your construction project. It also works to capture smaller particles such as asbestos, mold spores, and other allergens with the HEPA filter inside. They also can help to remove odors such as smoke, mildew, pet smells, and chemicals.
The best part is, all you have to do is plug it in, turn it on, and it does the work for you!
We recommend investing in a commercial air scrubber and not trying to use a traditional air filter. These air scrubbers are created for construction and to be able to handle the amount of dust your project will create.
2. Create A Barrier
Plastic drop cloths can have multiple very useful purposes in helping to reduce dust during your home remodel process.
Create a barrier between the construction area and the rest of the home by hanging them up using painter’s tape to help avoid damage to walls.
As floor covering to protect finished areas where workers may be walking.
To cover surfaces such as your couches and chairs, or other items in areas adjacent to the work area that could get dusty.
There’s no need to shake them out and lay them back down like you would with fabric drop cloths. When you’re ready to clean up, just roll them up with the dust trapped inside and throw them away. You can put down a new plastic drop cloth and be ready to go.
3. Cover Your Vents
Keeping the dust out of your HVAC system will help it from getting blown into other areas of your house.
Using covers over your HVAC registers is the first line of defense from dust and debris getting inside. We have seen a number of different ways that people covered vents during the construction process. Using dust filters is an option, some people use boot covers over their vents to keep debris out, others just use a tape to block off the vents. Our only word of warning: if you do use tape, you want to make sure to get a good brand that won’t remove the finish from your registers.
No matter what, some dust will probably get into your heating and cooling ducts. That’s why you should also make sure to purchase extra HVAC filters, and change them often during the construction process. Doing this can also help to catch anything that might have gotten into the system.
Home remodeling can create a lot of dust. Luckily there are easy ways to keep your home cleaner and reduce the spread of dust and debris. Air scrubbers, covering surfaces, and keeping you HVAC free from dust will all help to reduce the mess and keep the air in your home cleaner.
We want to hear from you - What has your experience been with dust during your home remodel? What did you do to try to reduce dust?