Floor-level air returns are terrible about drawing in more dust and dirt

I’m not a germaphobe, but I have absolutely become more obsessive about cleanliness in recent years.

This is a far cry from the conditions I lived in while I was finishing school.

My friends and I trashed this apartment and rarely cleaned, including the living room and washrooms. But once I was swiftly responsible for a studio house and facing a security deposit that I funded myself, our respect for our living quarters increased. I took advice from besties over the years and l received better cleaning habits. One example is cooking, because usually I would make a giant meal and let the pots and pans pile up in the sink for a day or more. I have since l received that it is easier to scrub all of these dishes gradually while you’re still cooking. By the time your meal is done cooking, you will only have a few things left to wash. I’m also a lot better about keeping our floor cleaned, because otherwise our air quality suffers. I have an air return for our a/c that is on a wall right above the floor. Naturally, it’s easier to get into our a/c filter when it’s pulling dust and dirt directly off the floor. It’s discouraging when you put in a brand new a/c filter only for it to look dirty in under 3 weeks. I guess that these filters would look half as dirty if the return for the Heating, Ventilation, and A/C plan was on the ceiling instead. The vent could be on the wall above our head for all I care, I just don’t want the air return located on the floor or right above the floor along the baseboards. Too much dust gets into the Heating, Ventilation, and A/C plan with these kinds of vents.

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