If you or a family member have a dust mite allergy, doing what you can to minimize them in your home will reduce the discomfort. While it’s not effortless, dust mite protection does improve conditions for allergy suffers.
Manage the humidity levels. Depending on where you live in the North County, humidity may be a problem. Anytime the humidity exceeds 60 percent, dust mites thrive. If your air conditioner doesn’t reduce the humidity adequately, consider adding a whole-house dehumidifier to it. When the A/Cs don’t run long or often enough, humidity builds.
Dust carefully. Instead of using a dry cloth for dusting, use a damp cloth to capture the particulates in the cloth and not send them airborne.
Vacuum regularly. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. These are the densest filters available and will trap the dust mites and their waste inside the bags, taking these offending particles out of the air.
Launder the bedding in hot water. Water heated to 140 degrees F is hot enough to kill the dust mites and their eggs. If you or a family member are allergic, turn the water heater up to its highest setting when laundering the bedding for dust mite protection. Use the hottest setting on the dryer, as well.
Upgrade the air filter. If you’re using a thin air filter for your HVAC system, upgrade it to a medium or high density filter to trap dust mites. Look for a filter with a MERV rating over 4 or one classified as a medium rating for density and quality.
Long Term Dust Mite Prevention
In severe cases of dust mite allergies, consider the following:
- Replacing carpeting with hard surface flooring.
- Use minimally upholstered furniture.
- Switch to window blinds and shutters instead of cloth window coverings.
- Use dust mite covers on all beds and pillows.
Since they’re the most common allergy trigger, dust mite protection for your home will increase the health and enjoyment of your family members. To learn more, contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning, serving homeowners in the North County areas.
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