Despite their microscopic size, dust mites can be huge pests in your Wilmington, NC home. In fact, they’re the most common cause of allergies in the home. They’re also a major threat to your indoor air quality. Fortunately, while you can’t entirely eliminate them, you can manage them and get your dust mite allergies under control. If you’re battling dust mites in your home, here are the three keys to keep in mind.
Eliminate the Sources
The most common places for dust mites to hide are in carpeting, bedding, curtains, furniture and other fabrics. They especially like to hunker down in bedrooms. If possible, removing carpeting and replacing it with hard flooring is a great control method. For carpeting you can’t remove, vacuuming with a HEPA-equipped vacuum cleaner also helps. You should also use allergen-proof covers for your bedding materials and wash them weekly in hot water.
Control Heat and Humidity
Like many pests, dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments. In particular, they prefer humidity in the range of 70 to 80 percent. That’s bad news given the frequently humid climate of North Carolina’s Tidewater region. Indoors, however, you can often keep your humidity in check just by using your air conditioning. If humidity still remains an issue, a dehumidifier can quickly remove even more moisture from the air.
Purify the Air
Perhaps the most effective way to remove dust mites and improve indoor air quality is to use an air purifier. An HVAC filter can catch many contaminants, but air purifiers offer supercharged filtering that strips out virtually all particulate matter. Combined with the other control methods, an air purifier can go a long way toward eliminating allergens in your home.
Your home should be a place of comfort and relaxation, but that’s just not possible when you’re suffering from dust mite allergies. Treating dust mites is one of the most important ways to regain comfort and ease your symptoms. For more on how you can improve the air in your home, check out Airmax Heating & Cooling’s indoor air quality services or call today.