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Dust Mites: Different Ways To Reduce Their Population Within Your Home

When you have an allergy to dust mites, you need an effective way for dealing with these pests. To accomplish your goal, you need to know what type of environment they like and then you need to know the different ways you have for severely reduce their numbers throughout your home.

Reduce the Humidity

Dust mites like moist areas, so to help prevent this you want to reduce the humidity throughout your home. Keeping the humi    dity in your home between 30-50% is a good way to limit dust mites, because it takes the moisture out of the air that they like.

A dehumidifier is a good option for removing excessive moisture from your home. The dehumidifier pulls air in and collects the moisture from the air onto cooled coils within the unit. The moisture then collects within a small container within the machine and slightly warmer air is released back into your home.

However, you need to remember to empty the water that collects within the unit to help reduce a moisture point in your home. Dust mites are attracted to any form of moisture, so you want to limit potential sources.

Clean Your Air Ducts

Since these pests live in dust, you need to remember to clean your ductwork as well. Even though your system has filters, dust particles such as pollen, skin cells and animal dander still get into the ductwork. When your system turns on, the dust within ductwork flows out of the vents, thus allowing the mites to travel around your home.

You have a few options for cleaning out your ductwork. Some companies use highly pressurized steam to remove debris from the ductwork. However, this may not be the right option for your situation, because it can leave behind moisture and attract more mites.

Your other option is to use a brush and vacuum method. With this method, a technician (like those at Homeplus Duct Cleaning duct cleaning) will insert a long brush that has a vacuum attachment into your ductwork. The brush agitates the debris along the sides of your air ducts and the vacuum hose removes the debris.

Use HEPA Filters

Another aspect to consider is any item in your home that uses a filter. HVAC systems and vacuums are just two items that use some type of filter. To help reduce the dust mite population a little more, you want to consider installing a HEPA filter in your HVAC and buying a vacuum that has one.

HEPA filter work better for controlling dust mites, because their weaving is much tighter. Filters with tighter weaves allow less dust particles through, which is why they are a great option to use when trying to rid your home of dust mites.

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When we bought our house, we had a home warranty that was good for one year. One of the first things that had to get taken care of was the air conditioner. Before we had the HVAC contractor come out, we made sure filters were changed and other basic maintenance was taken care of. The HVAC contractor that the insurance company sent out replaced the compressor and our AC is working fine now so we're glad that we did it when we did, especially because he found a major mistake in our system. You don't want to wait long when the AC goes out on a hot summer day. This blog is here to make sure you get the help you need.