Dust in Home


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Old 04-18-12, 07:49 AM
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Dust in Home

My son bought a home, 1960s type. Has metal ducting which is in very good condition.

We are seeing a lot of dust. Was wanting to try and track down where the entry may be.

Is it a safe assumption that when you see dust it is usually being sucked in before the air handler?

Think I read this somewhere, since the pressure on the plenum side is pushing air out?

Thoughts or comments or suggestions?
 
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Old 04-18-12, 05:10 PM
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Have you checked your AC filter ? Is it clean ? is it a good one ?
 
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Old 04-20-12, 05:54 AM
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Yes, change on a regular basis about 30-45 days.
 
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Do you have a filter located at the input side of the plenum right before the coil ? In fact, dust can come from anywhere, it may be sucked in from air handler, but doesn't have to be. In general, check your filter you should see how much dust in your house. Does the filter get dirty quickly? (do not use cheap blue filters, those are useless)
 
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No the filter is floor level approx 16 feet away. Thats why I was thinking to put in a Media Filter just before air ahndler.
 
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It is not easy to put a filter in if the duct work was not built for that. Does the floor filter get really that dirty after 30 days ? so you have replace them so often ?
 
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Yes and no. They are not filthy, but you can tell they are dirty. You probably could go 60 days, but using the whites filters you can tell they are doing their job.
 
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It probably has been running for years and years with an inadequate filter and you most likely have piles of dust in the duct work. Maybe you might want to have it cleaned.
 
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You are going to see some dirt on the filter anyway after 30 days of usage. but should not be much. If you think that much dirt is not normal or too much for you, then you need to check all duct work to make sure it is clean and sealed tight. Plus if you are in a city environment, there will be dust comes in from outside. So check it out, do the best you can, good luck to you.
 
 

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