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What is In House Dust That is so Bad?

Dust is worse than many people realize. The dust in your house is full of dust mites, dust mite feces, mold spores, plant pollen, dead skin, bacteria and pet dander. These are irritants to most humans rather they know it or not and can really affect your health. Most people do not recognize the symptoms immediately and they make take years to develop but by this time they could be serious and sometimes irreversible health problems.

These dust mites and other particles are living in your carpet, pillows, mattress, and other cloth within your home. Dust mites actually live off eating dead skin cells and reproduce rather quickly. They also leave millions of fecal particles wherever they live. There are millions of dust mites in your home no matter how often you clean and that is a harsh reality for most people.

 So What Can I Do To Reduce Dust Mites?

There will always be some amount dust mites in your home but taking steps to reduce the amount can have very positive effects on your health. The good news is that scientific studies have shown that people suffering from allergies and asthma have a reduction of symptoms when the dust mite population in their homes is lowered and there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of dust mites in your home.

The first thing you can do is wash all your bedding, blankets, pillow cases in hot water at least once per week and dry them normally. This will reduce the dust mites in the bedding as well as  on the mattress.

Next, vacuum your carpet a lot, preferably at least once per week if not more. Use a high quality HEPA vacuum that is tightly sealed to prevent dust mite escape. Stick with quality brands of HEPA vacuums such as Austin Air, EZ Air and TRACS. These are all made in the USA with the top of the line parts and filters.

Smaller lesser known brands that make HEPA vacuums are usually not as effective. They are often cheaply made and allow dust mites to leak right back into your home, which negates much of your hard work.

Another thing you can do is install a HEPA air cleaner in your home. These use fans to remove harmful particles from the air and make it safe to breathe or improve indoor air quality as we like to say. The same selection process goes for indoor air cleaners as well, stick to high quality brands and stay away from cheaply made inexpensive brands. These will not do a good job and often have much higher maintenance costs as well as filter replacement costs. Look into brands such as EZ Air, Austin Air, and TRACS. They may be more expensive up front but will save you a lot of money down the road. You will also be able to sleep easy knowing your house is safe and clean for you and your family.