Ridding Your Home of Dust Mites

Ridding Your Home of Dust MitesDust mites thrive in warm, moist conditions so it’s no surprise that Florida households can harbor a good many of these microscopic creatures. And while you can’t see them, you are breathing in their decaying body parts and fecal matter — and that’s bad news for allergy sufferers. Read on to learn why you may need dust mite protection.

What Are Dust Mites?

Dust mites are not insects, but microscopic arthropods, the same family that includes spiders. They are found in mattresses, upholstered furniture, carpets and linens, and survive by consuming the flakes of human skin that we shed every day.

Dust mites in turn produce feces. In the course of its lifetime, a dust mite can produce 20 times its body weight in feces.

Many humans develop allergic reactions not only to the decaying bodies of the dust mites, but also to the feces. The dust mite body parts and feces help make up the dust that collects in our homes.

Symptoms of Dust Mite Allergies

While getting tested is the only way to know for sure if you have a dust mite allergy, some of the most common symptoms are these:

  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy Skin
  • Runny or stuffed nose
  • Sneezing
  • Postnasal drip
  • Cough

Asthma may be aggravated by dust mites, with symptoms of wheezing, tightness of the chest, chest pain or difficulty breathing.

Get Rid of Dust Mites

While you can’t really make your home’s temperature so cold that the dust mites will want to move out, you can control humidity. Keep your air filter changed, and run your air conditioner so that you keep humidity levels down. If need be, look into installing a whole house dehumidifier.

Other tips:

  • Avoid installing wall-to-wall carpeting.
  • Vacuum frequently with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. Vacuum inside upholstered furniture, reaching down into the crevices.
  • Wash linens in hot water every week.
  • Put your mattresses and pillows inside dust-proof, allergen impermeable covers.

Call NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating for more on dust mite protection. You can also call to schedule your HVAC maintenance, repairs or new installation.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 772-207-1658. 

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