Did you know that one of the most common causes of allergies is dust mites? Not only do these mites contribute to symptoms of allergies or other respiratory conditions, they also affect the air quality inside your Bay Area home. Dust mites thrive in warm temperatures, particularly when humidity levels reach 75% or above.
Dust mites are common, and not an indication of inadequate housekeeping. They may be found in carpet, pillows, upholstered furniture, mattresses, and more. So, how can you create an environment that is “unfriendly” for dust mites, thereby improving indoor air quality and reducing allergens? Here are a few tips:
- Remove carpeting when possible. Wall-to-wall carpeting is the perfect breeding ground for dust mites, so removing the carpet is the best solution when possible. If you cannot remove the carpet, vacuum frequently using a HEPA filter while wearing a mask to prevent aggravation of allergies.
- Keep pets out of sleeping areas. The coat of your pet is another area dust mites love, so keep them out of your bedrooms and sleeping areas.
- Protect bedding with covers, and wash bedding frequently. Today there are covers available for pillows and mattresses that are dust mite proof. Use these, and wash your bedding frequently in hot water.
Good indoor air quality is important for everyone, not just those who suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions.
Need more tips on improving the air quality in your Bay Area home? Give the professionals at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning a call today. We are dedicated to educating our customers about home comfort, energy, and indoor air quality issues!