How to Get Rid of Post Construction Dust in the Air

For a family, construction on their existing home or the construction of a new home can be an exciting time. Unfortunately, the use of machinery and tools on wood and other products can create a large amount of construction dust to form in the air. This dust can aggravate a person's lungs, especially anyone with pre-existing allergy issues or asthma. There are several ways to remove post-construction dust from the air to help everyone breathe a little easier.

Step 1

Open the windows. This will allow air flow in the home that will remove some of the dust. A fan can also be pointed in the direction of the window to help blow the post-construction dust from inside the structure to the outside.

Step 2

Set an air cleaner into the space. These cleaners remove dust, including construction dust, and other allergens from the air with the aid of several filters. The size and amount of air cleaners required will depend upon the number of rooms or size of the rooms. Two to three cleaners may be necessary in a large project. One small air cleaner may suffice if the construction job was confined to one room. There are also air cleaners that can be attached to your furnace or air conditioning unit to remove dust from several rooms of the house at once.

Step 3

Vacuum the floors at least once a week. This will remove any dust particles that have settled onto the ground and in carpets from which dust will be lifted into the air by activity. Use a vacuum that contains a high-efficiency particulate air, or HEPA, filter. These filters more effectively remove dust and other allergens.

Step 4

Avoid sweeping or dusting with a feather duster. This will only move the dust around from surface to surface and into the air. Use a cloth or rag to remove the dust instead.