A dust mite allergy can make living and sleeping in your Kenneth City, Florida, home quite miserable. Between the coughing, sneezing, and other symptoms, you may find it difficult to get the comfort you need. However, you can make simple and effective changes related to your HVAC system to combat dust mite allergies and restore your health.
Change Your Air Filter More Often
When dust collects in the home, dust mites find their way to the source. Your air filter collects dust every day as your air conditioner or heat pump turns on and off. To prevent dust mite activity, replace your filter as needed. The air filter keeps dust and other debris from circulating throughout your HVAC system and home. If you stop the dust at the source, you can breathe easier in your home and reduce your allergy symptoms.
Clean Your Vents and Registers Regularly
Dust often accumulates on HVAC vents and registers. When air blows through the slats, the dust gets scattered throughout your house. It winds up on your floors, furniture, bedding, and other surfaces throughout your home. To help to tackle this problem, use your vacuum cleaner’s brush attachment to clean curtains and chairs, for example. You can also use other attachments to remove dust from the vent or register cover. Remember that dust can accumulate just about anywhere in your home. Clean your home thoroughly and regularly to help control allergic reactions.
Install an Air Cleaner or Purifier
Whole-home air cleaners and purifiers help rid your home of contaminants and irritants, including dust mites. They work behind the scenes as part of your HVAC system to neutralize contaminants in your home, so you don’t have to suffer through the symptoms of your dust mite allergy. We recommend Carrier air cleaners because of their efficiency and effectiveness.
Portable air purifiers only work for a small area, and they don’t have the same power as their whole-home counterparts. If you need a comprehensive approach to air purification, the whole-home air purifier is your best bet.
Get Your Ducts Cleaned
Most homeowners don’t need to clean their ducts often, but if your dust mite allergy symptoms don’t go away, consider hiring a professional for this service. Dust can hide in your home’s ducts, giving dust mites plenty of sustenance while you sneeze and cough away.
Don’t attempt to clean your ducts yourself. It’s a delicate job that requires industrial equipment and professional training. You could hurt yourself, damage your ductwork, or put your home’s structural integrity in jeopardy.
Install a Whole-Home Dehumidifier
Dust mites thrive in moist, warm environments. High humidity levels can increase dust mite activity because the mites are comfortable in that atmosphere. A whole-home dehumidifier removes the moisture from the air throughout your home to maintain the ideal humidity levels. You’ll feel more comfortable, and the dust mites will take a hike.
Just like air purifiers, dehumidifiers come in portable options, as well. They work in a single room or small area and won’t be the best choice if you are trying to tackle the problem throughout your home. If you want to relieve your dust mite allergy symptoms for good, whole-home units offer the best chance of success.
Replace Your Air Conditioner
Did you know that your air conditioning system can betray you? If it’s old or poorly maintained, it can become a breeding ground for dust mites as well as other irritants and contaminants. Additionally, an inefficient air conditioner won’t remove as much humidity from the home as a properly functioning unit, so you’re facing two significant disadvantages.
Newer air conditioners run more efficiently and can lower your energy bills and improve comfort. We’re happy to take a look at your existing unit and provide recommendations for repairs or replacements.
Whether you’re ready for a new air conditioner or you’re interested in air cleaners or dehumidifiers, we can help. Call United Air Conditioning at 727-531-0496 to learn more.
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