Dust mites are a common cause of asthma and allergies. The Austin Air filter does an excellent job at filtering dust and mites. The particles are captured by the true medical grade HEPA filter, the gold standard in particulate filtration.
Dust mites feed on particles shed from skin so they are often found in mattresses and bedding. This can be controlled by washing frequently in very hot water, drying at high temperatures and using allergy mattress covers. Allergy covers for pillows are especially important. . http://www.natlallergy.com
In a survey of U.S. homes, approximately one-quarter had levels of dust mite allergens present in a bed at a level high enough to trigger asthma symptoms.
( Arbes SJ, et al. House dust mite allergen in U.S. beds: Results from the first national survey of lead and allergens in housing. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2003; 111:408-414.)
Reducing clutter makes cleaning easier. Dry dusting spreads particles into the air. Use a damp cloth. Vacuuming can release even finer particles in the air outflow. Use a HEPA vacuum if possible . Run your air filter in the room after vacuuming.
Mold spores can use the organic matter in dust as a food source. Having dusty filters on your heating/AC systems can spread mold spores thru the house. Clean dusty storage areas and closets.
Studies conducted by the Battelle Memorial Institute, funded by the EPA, have shown that dust tracked in from the outdoors will contain measurable amounts of pesticides and other chemicals. For children crawling on the floor and breathing in carpet dust, this can be dangerous.
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