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Could your home be making you sick?

Dust mites

dustmit3House dust mites are found in most homes. They are microscopic, eight-legged creatures.

The concern about dust mites is people are allergic to them.

Symptoms associated with dust mite allergies include sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, runny nose, stuffy ears, respiratory problems, eczema and asthma. Many people notice these symptoms when they stir dust during cleaning activities or even high volumes of foot traffic in carpeted areas.

House dust mites feed on human skin scales, pollen, fungi, bacteria and animal dander. Dust mites do not drink free water, but absorb water from the air and the environment – you see HUMIDITY is really the level of moisture in the air.

Remove the humidity with a SUKI dehumidifier and prevent dust mites from breeding in their millions.

To thrive, dust mites need very warm temperatures (23.8-27 deg C and above) and high humidity levels of70-80 % R/H (Relative Humidity)
One study showed when humidity is 60 percent or lower, the mite population stops growing and dies out.

Lower your humidity levels in your home with a SUKI dehumidifier

imagesCA6C2MLAThe dust mite produces around 20 highly allergic faecal pellets per day, they are light and stay airborne for up to 8 hrs making it easy to inhale. It is the protein in the excrement that causes the allergic reaction. One gram of dust can contain 500 dust mites…how many millions live in your mattress

Humans continually shed skin and lose around 6 grams of dead skin each week. We also spend about one-third of our lives sleeping so high levels of dust mites are often associated with the bedroom, especially bedding and the amattress.

We recommend a vigorous cleaning program to ensure the initial build up dust mite contaminants are removed.

WASHING BED SHEETS –Wash all bedding and pillow cases in hot water and replace them at least once a week

VACUUMING -- The most important tool for managing house dust and dust mites is the vacuum cleaner. Regular, thorough vacuuming of carpets, furniture, textiles and other home furnishings such as draperies will help keep dust mite populations low. Vacuums with a water filter are preferable to those with a disposable paper bag because
a water vacuum removes a greater range of particle sizes than paper-bag types. There are vacuums with highly
efficient filters (HEPA) designed for use by people with allergies to dust. It is better to vacuum thoroughly once a
week rather than lightly on a daily basis. Vacuum mattresses and padded furniture thoroughly; 20 minutes for each
mattress is not too long.

DUSTING – Dust furniture before you vacuum so the dust has time to settle on the floor, where it can be picked
up by the vacuum. Do not scatter dust. Instead, dust with a damp cloth rather than dry dusting. Spraying furniture
polish/dusting liquid directly on surface reduces airborne particles by 93 percent compared with dry dusting.

 Good news for asthma sufferers

ASTHMA – Recent research indicates that high humidity causes more house dust mite activity, which increases the risk of the well known respitory condition asthma.  Given that research suggests  dust mite allergen can cause asthma in infants and children near the start of their life.  SUKI Dehumidifiers are the ideal solution to this problem.

A Healthy Home is a Happy Home