No matter how clean your house is, you’ve got Dust Mites. Every home has them, but some properties attract the critters more than others. Related to ticks and spiders, most people don’t even realise they have them as they are too small to be seen by the naked eye at 0.3mm.
If your home is damp or humid, you have the ideal environment for the mites to thrive, with optimal breeding conditions being around 60-75% moisture and 25 degrees. They get their name because they live off our household dust, especially dead skin, meaning they are abundant in soft furnishings, pillows and mattresses.
Why should I be worried?
If you have asthma, you may be surprised to find out that these critters are the single biggest cause of asthma attacks. 80% of asthmatics are allergic to dust mites because of the residual enzyme in Dust Mite faeces. Their droppings are dry and susceptible to becoming statically charged so when they are disturbed it can make them airborne – presenting a risk of affecting the respiratory system. This can be something as simple as walking over carpet, hoovering or shaking your bedding.
As it is practically impossible to avoid doing these things, the main way to remove them is targeting the root of the problem: your poorly ventilated house.
What can be done about it?
Correct ventilation is the way to reduce the level of dust mites in your home. Olympic Construction can install a Nuaire drimaster and insulated passive ventilation system, diluting the moisture loaded air by replacing it with tempered fresh filtered and drier air from outside. This lowers the humidity levels in your home, creating a hostile environment for the mites and a healthier environment for the occupants. Positive input ventilation also removes the allergen pollutants and reduces the risk of condensation within the home, potentially reducing the risk of a life-threatening asthma attack.
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