Can an air purifier remove dust mites? Yes, an air purifier removes the microscopic particles from your air that actually create what we refer to as dust. And it’s this dust that dust mites live off of. So, remove the dust from your home and there is no reason for dust mites to take up residence.
Keep reading to find out exactly how an air purifier can help you get rid of dust and dust mites and breathe easier.
Do You Have a Dust Mite Allergy?
If you’re one of the thousands of people who have an allergy to dust mites, you know how maddening it can be dealing with symptoms each day. Symptoms like:
- Runny nose
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Scratchy throat
- Postnasal drip
- Facial pressure and pain
- Swollen, blue-colored skin under your eyes
These symptoms can make life unbearable. To add insult to injury, there can also be complications from a dust mite allergy, including:
Dust mite allergies can cause chronic inflammation of the nasal passages as well as postnasal drip. Over time, this combination increases your risk for developing a sinus infection.
For those people with both a dust mite allergy and asthma, it can be extra difficult managing symptoms. And often the allergy symptoms can exacerbate your asthma symptoms.
What Exactly are Dust Mites?
It’s a good thing dust mites are microscopic creatures, because you wouldn’t want to have to see these nasty little things all over your house. Dust mites are actually related to ticks and spiders and feed off of pet dander and dead human skin cells that we shed each and every day.
In most homes, dust mites live in bedding, upholstered furniture and carpeting. I know, pretty disgusting. And, while dust mites aren’t carriers of disease in the same way, say, mosquitos are, they carry chemicals on their body that cause major allergic reactions in some people. That’s why it’s important to take the necessary steps to reduce the dust in your home, thereby reducing the number of dust mites in your home.
How an Air Purifier Can Help Remove Dust Mites
I’m just going to come right out and say it, “Dust mites are pigs.” Okay, not actually, but they sure do like to eat a lot. And most of our homes are like those huge all-you-can-eat buffets you see in Las Vegas or Florida resorts because they contain all kinds of “stuff” that dust is actually made up of.
The more dust you have in your home, the more reason for dust mites to move in and make themselves right at home. But, if you remove as much of that “stuff” (pet dander, hair fibers, fabric fibers, carpet dust fibers, human skin, outdoor elements, etc.) from your home’s environment as possible, those nasty little dust mites aren’t going to want to stick around.
This is where the right air purifier can come in handy.
An air purifier is a device that sucks air in, cleans it, and blows purified air back out in your home’s environment. Depending on what you need an air purifier to do, it can come equipped with various filtrations systems to remove everything from dust, pet dander, bacteria, viruses, mold spores, pollen, odors and harmful VOCs.
Since we’re talking about removing dust, then we need to discuss the importance of buying an air purifier that comes with a HEPA filter.
You see, when you try and clean your home by dusting or vacuuming, you typically just move most of the dust around and kick it back up into the air. This is because dust particles are so small that most vacuums and cleaning techniques simply can’t get rid of them.
Your air purifier uses an electric fan to draw your room’s air into the unit, and then force it toward the filtration system where it will pass through two filters. A pre-filter will trap the larger, more coarse particles. Any particles that are small enough to slip through this pre-filter make their way to the HEPA filter.
HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. These filters can trap even the tiniest particles and keep them out of the air you and your family breathe. A true HEPA filter can trap particles as small as 0.3 microns. To give you a perspective of just how small that is, a typical human hair is between 70-100 microns in diameter. By purchasing an air purifier with a highly rated HEPA filter, you can feel good knowing it will trap 99.97% of dust particles, leaving very little left for those creepy dust mites to feast on.
Now, to make sure that your air purifier can do its job properly around the clock, you’ll want to be sure to change out those filters regularly according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
If you are dealing with a dust mite allergy and would like to purchase an air purifier, check out our selection. All of our air purifiers come with true HEPA filtration systems and powerful motors to help clean your air quickly and efficiently.
Other Tips for Getting Rid of Dust Mites
While you are first running your air purifier, there are a couple of other things you can do to expedite the extermination of dust mites. Since they tend to like to hang out in in bedding, it’s a good idea to wash your linens often in hot water.
Dust mites also like humid air, so if you live in a humid climate, it’s a good idea to also run a dehumidifier. This will help kills dust mites while you are getting your home’s air nice and clean.
Have Any Questions?
Do you need some help selecting the right air purifier? Maybe you’re not sure what size you need for your rooms? Please feel free to get in touch with us. We are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have. We like to think that we do more than sell air purifiers – we help families breathe easier.