There are over 20 million people in the United States suffering from allergies due to dust mites, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Unfortunately, coming home doesn't provide relief from these type of allergies. Dust mites can be found in flooring, furniture, and more. Your home shouldn't be making you sick, but with people and pets going in and out, it could very well be doing it. In an effort to keep your home's allergens under control, here are some tips on where to look for dust mites and how to reduce them.
Your HVAC filters are designed to help filter out dirt and debris, but when they get too clogged up, they can end up forcing it into the air. In order to prevent the buildup from happening, you want to make sure you are changing your filters properly. Experts recommend changing your HVAC filters every month or every three months depending on what type of filter you use. You also want to make sure you have the right size filter in place so you are able to catch any dust mites coming through. You can find the right size by checking your unit's manual.
Another common place dust mites like to accumulate is on your blinds since they sit by the windows. While replacing blinds with window shades can help, you can also help reduce dust mites by cleaning your blinds regularly. To clean your blinds properly, you can use your vacuum cleaner. Most vacuum cleaners have an attachment that allows you to gently clean the blinds without damaging them. When cleaning them, you want to move downward. Going upward could unhook the blinds. You can also use lamb's wool to dust the blinds. This help catches the dust easier and won't damage the blinds.
Many homeowners love the benefits that carpeting can provide like quieter flooring, a cushion while walking, and the different colors you can choose from. Unfortunately, carpets contain fibers that can easily trap dust mites, but it can be helped. As you and your family travel across your carpets, you stir up the dust mites that reside in the fibers. To help reduce the allergens that are living within your carpet, you should vacuum regularly.
Experts recommend vacuuming at least once a week to help remove dust and dirt. For high traffic areas, you want to vacuum even more often. Not only will vacuuming remove allergens, but it is also a good idea to add a protectant to your carpets that help prevent stains. This helps reduce the chances of allergens settling into the carpets that could be making your family sick.