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Everyone hates dust and tries to avoid it at all costs, but no matter what you do or how many maids you have, it still seems to find its way in. Dust collects throughout your home and contains numerous substances that trigger asthma symptoms (wheezing and coughing), or other allergic reactions (rashes and stuffy nose). These are all examples of different allergens like dust mites.

Dust mites are microscopic organisms found in virtually every home. They can be detected in your home’s air or on the furniture and bedding. Although very commonplace, they can cause allergies and allergic reactions to inhabitants exposed. Homeowners should always take measures to reducing the presence of dust mites and other allergens. Here are some tips to improving your home’s dust both through the air and on the furniture:

Through Air

  • Don’t use window or attic fans because they may bring in air with higher pollen, mold spore, and allergy content.
  • Use air conditioning so you don’t have to open your windows.
  • Use air filtration systems that help remove allergens from your home.

Furniture, Carpets, Drapes, and Bedding

  • Avoid carpet, upholstered furniture, and thick drapes.
  • Use furniture made of wood, plastic, leather, or vinyl that you can wipe clean.
  • Use smaller rugs.
  • Use roll down shades or washable curtains.
  • Avoid wool blankets and down quilts.

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Pollutants in the home come from a variety of sources. It is mission critical to know what they are if you hope to limit their impact on your home.  Following is a list of common sources of indoor air pollution:

  • Combustion sources Any household appliances that use oil, gas, kerosene or even wood can lead to indoor air pollution. Such appliances include wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, water heaters, dryers, and stoves. It is very important to ensure these are properly maintained and routinely cleaned to limit their adverse impacts. Most heating sources in the US are one type of combustion source, and this is why indoor air pollution can be worse in winter.
  • Building materials such as insulation, carpeting and even furniture made of pressed wood. The kinds of pollutants that these items in the home may harbor or release are varied, including mold and dust mites.
  • Household cleaning and even personal care products such as air fresheners are constantly emitting pollutants during each use.
  • Hobby or home improvement activities Basically, if it produces fumes, it’s probably not good for you to be breathing it or filling your home with it. This is even worse when your home is sealed tight against winter temperatures and therefore limiting a healthy circulation of outside air.
  • Pets are definite contributors to air pollution in your home. Thing like dander and other particles from pets with fur or feathers are a major instigator of allergies and asthma to sensitive individuals. As both humans and pets stay inside more during the winter, the exposure and impact are worse during the cold months.

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Here’ some quick tips you can take to immediately improve your home’s indoor air quality:

  1. Sealing off your home to outside air can be dangerous. We recommend finding a way to ventilate between inside and
    outside air.
  2. Indoor plants can be your best friends. They remove pollutants from indoor air and swallow them up before you do!
  3. Take those shoes off at the door! Your shoes bring nasty things into your home that you don’t want to be in contact with on a daily basis. Leave the shoes and reduce the risk of pesticides, heavy metals and germs being in your home.
  4. Keep a steady flow of air through the house at all times if possible. Balance your temperatures of course and watch that bill, but try to have the indoor air moving through the house whenever you can!
  5. Try not to spray chemicals in the home. If you have cleaners or aerosols consider spraying them on a patio or a terrace rather than in your kitchen or bathroom. Spraying them inside is a sure fire way to ingest them too, which is not something you want to be doing.

Hope these were helpful!