How to control Dust Mites and what harm do they do?
As experts in the dehumidification we are regularly asked for advice on the link between keeping a house dry and reducing the effects of asthma, eczema and allergies.
There is a link and between the dust mite and higher levels of moisture in the house. Our aim is to help you understand a bit about the dust mite, reduce the level of moisture in your home, thereby reducing the number of dust mites and in turn easing your symptoms.
Dust Mite Facts
Five Steps to Controlling Dust Mites
Steps two to five are easy to follow and self explanatory, but many people are confused about step one, how to reduce the level of moisture and where this comes from in the first place. This step is crucial though because if you can cut down on their reproduction you will feel the benefits.
Dust Mites like high levels of moisture, the higher the moisture levels the greater the reproduction. In the winter our homes tend to be warm and dry, in the spring and more so in the summer our homes are more likely to be warm and humid.
Where possible ventilate the house, this though does not provide a solution on its own. Dust Mites breed above 60% relative humidity (rh), the average humidity during the British summertime is 80%rh. Therefore by opening windows we are creating the perfect conditions for Dust Mites to flourish. The only way to effectively reduce the level of moisture in the home is via a dehumidifier. Aim for a relative humidity below 50%rh to really slow down their reproduction rate. Dehumidifiers are small, portable machines that take the excess moisture created by washing, bathing, cooking and drying clothes out of the air and turns it into water that can be used in an iron or poured away.
A dehumidifier like the Which? Best Buy Meaco 20L Low Energy Dehumidifier with it's HEPA filter provides an effective combined approach to dealing with the Dust Mite issue.
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