Dust Mites: How They Impact Your Residential Indoor Air Quality
While it might seem a little nauseating to think that you share your space with pests, it’s an unfortunate reality in many cases; meet the humble dust mite. According to the American Lung Association, “dust mites occur naturally and can appear in nearly all homes.” Though they may look intimidating, these microscopic pests don’t sting or drink blood—but they can and do cause allergic reactions in those susceptible.
Read on to learn more about these ubiquitous rent-free roommates and how they can affect your residential indoor air quality—courtesy of Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., your favorite Anoka HVAC contractors.
What Are Dust Mites?
Dust mites, or the House Dust Mite, as the species more formally known, are invisible to the naked eye, so don’t go looking for them! They enjoy living in houses thanks to an ample supply of pet and human dander, which they eat, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Though they may be related to ticks and spiders (and thus not technically bugs) according to the Mayo Clinic, dust mites don’t bite—in fact, many people don’t notice their presence in their homes at all. If they do, it’s as a result of an allergy to the creature’s excrement, and not to the creature itself.
What Do Dust Mites Do to my Residential Indoor Air Quality?
In many cases, nothing. An excessive presence simply indicates an excess of dust or high humidity, both of which are far greater problems as far as air purification and air quality go in many cases. However, as we stated above, dust mites can cause allergies in certain individuals. These people may experience a wide range of symptoms, including a rash, watery eyes, coughing, and sneezing.
How Can I Rid my Home of Dust Mites?
Simple: you make the environment unlivable for them. Dust mites flourish in warm, humid spaces, so if your home tends to suffer from high humidity, it may be time to invest in a whole home humidifier, which can help control it.
Additionally, dust contributes to dust mite levels, as it frequently contains human and pet dander. Though you can do quite a bit to minimize dust accumulation on your own, making sure your air conditioning and furnace are equipped to handle it with the proper filter levels can help you breathe a little easier.
Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc: Clean Air, Comfortable Homes
If dust mites have your lungs laboring, it’s time to reach out to us for help. Contact our Anoka office today at 763-753-6623.