Indoor Air Quality

Are you concerned about indoor air quality in your home? You should be. It has a great impact on your health.

While ensuring that your home is free of pollutants should be a top priority, it’s also important to consider allergens such as dust mites.

What are dust mites?

You may not see them but they are everywhere. These tiny arthropods feed on the skin flakes of humans and pets. They are therefore found in areas where humans spend a lot of their time including mattresses, sofas, carpets and blankets.

They occur in millions and are too small to be seen by the naked eye.

Why you should be concerned?

These tiny critters may seem harmless but are actually the cause of many diseases and allergies in the home. They are often a big deal in homes with people who have asthma or allergies. Their droppings and some of their body parts cause irritations to these people. They are one of the most common triggers of asthma in the environment.

Preventing dust mites

As mentioned earlier, dust mites are everywhere. There is therefore nothing you can do to get rid of these critters permanently. You can however, reduce your exposure to them and keep allergies and asthma symptoms at bay.

Prevention and control measures are aimed at preventing their growth as well as killing them. Some measures are aimed at cleaning the mites off by washing the mites, dead bodies and their droppings away.

  1. Control humidity

Keep the humidity levels in your home below 50{f01edca4763caa9c7c0032af38aecdf19a763cb8f40f309b68b6b4cd41af7bc7}. This will help to prevent dust mites from thriving and multiplying. You can achieve this by ensuring that your foundation is waterproofed and investing in a dehumidifier. You may also want to consider a whole home ventilation system that ensures stale humid air from inside the home is expelled out of the home and fresh air from outside is brought into the home.

  1. Clean often

Clean your home, beddings, upholstery and clothing often. Use hot water to clean beddings and other personal items. Any temperature above 130 degrees Fahrenheit will kill dust mites.

  1. Consider replacing carpets

If possible, replace your carpets with floors that can be easily cleaned such as hardwood, linoleum or tile.

The most effective way of controlling dust mites is by reducing the humidity levels in your home. This will greatly improve the indoor air quality of your home.