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ecstudier

06:13AM | 12/10/03
Member Since: 12/09/03
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I have an unexplained layer of dust that accumulates in my sons room. It seems to be most prevalent in his room and it is only on one side of his room. It is very thick and can be "scooped" up with my fingers. To me it resembles dryer lint but I do not know how this would be getting into his room. His room is a square and when you walk in and look straight we'll call that wall 1, wall 2 is to the right, wall 3 is behind you and wall 4 to the left. There is a window on wall 1, next to his bed. Wall 2 is empty and the cold air return is near the ceiling at the far side. Wall 3 is empty. Wall 4 has the heat vent located on the floor. this dust is mostly accumulating on his bed frame which backs up to wall 1 and is to the left of the window. It accumulates on the carpet behind the bed as well. There is some on the night stand under the window. I have not detected the dust on the carpt on any wall. I've sealed his window with plastic. Should I have my ducts or furnace cleaned? Do I need to reroute my dryer vent? Oh, this vents on the outside but is below his room on wall 4. The dryer duct travels up from the dryer, 90 degree turn for 5-6 feet, another 90 degree turn and then straight for 22 feet. I think it is too far to travel. Could it be backing up and somehow getting into his room? I'm stumped but he is having allergies now and I want to fix without spending thousands of dollars and spinning my wheels. Thank you.

DanO

07:44AM | 12/10/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** Wall 4 has the heat vent located on the floor. **

You can buy filters which fit into the individual vent grills. It might be helpful to install one in that location and see if it traps anything to eliminate that as a possible cause.

Changing the furnace filter might be a good idea too if it hasn't been changed this year yet.

** The dryer duct travels up from the dryer, 90 degree turn for 5-6 feet, another 90 degree turn and then straight for 22 feet. I think it is too far to travel. **

Sounds like it is likely a possibility. You can read about dryer venting at the following link.

LINK > How long can my dryer vent be?

BTW. When was the last time the vent was cleaned all the way from the dryer to the outdoors? That should be done at least once a year.

** this dust is mostly accumulating on his bed frame ... It accumulates on the carpet behind the bed as well. **

Beds can harbor lots of dried shin particles plus dust mites. It might be a good idea to give it a good cleaning with a strong vacuum with a HEPA filter or vented to the outdoors. Vacuuming with a standard vacuum will usually just spread the dust, etc. around the room.

An alternative is take the mattress and box spring outside and give it a good beating or just replace it every couple of years.

Lastly, any computers in the room? I find the wall behind mine gets a layer of dust build up on it from the air which is circulated through the computer's CPU unit.

JMO

Dan O.

[This message has been edited by DanO (edited December 10, 2003).]

ecstudier

08:40AM | 12/10/03
Member Since: 12/09/03
7 lifetime posts
Thank you. I will try the filter on the vent. I also am having someone come out to see about re-routing the duct. I also feel it is too long. What kind of vacuum uses the HEPA filter for the bed cleaning?

DanO

03:33PM | 12/11/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** What kind of vacuum uses the HEPA filter? **

You can see some different models at the following link:

LINK > Vacuum Cleaners with HEPA Filters

Dan O.

[This message has been edited by DanO (edited December 11, 2003).]

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