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Get Rid of Dust and Dust Allergies

cleaning & dusting regularly can reduce dust allergies

A dust allergy is one of the most common indoor allergies. Dust has been growing as an allergy concern for the last several decades.

As homes become more and more air tight to reduce electric bills, the buildup of dust and airborne debris increases.

Treatments

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Regular Cleaning

By dusting hard surfaces, vacuuming, and generally cleaning up in your home, you can prevent the accumulation of large amounts of dust that could set off your allergies. This one seems pretty obvious, but if done incorrectly, it can actually cause an increase in your allergies.

Use a vacuum with a high quality filter in order to capture a higher percentage of the smallest particles that can escape a normal bagless vacuum cleaner. Be careful not to stir up the dust while you are cleaning though, as this will easily set off a reaction.

Replacing hvac filters should be the first line of defense against dust. AC/Furnace Filters

Be sure you are changing your AC/HVAC filters on a regular basis. Know what type of filter your system uses and consider getting a filter that has a higher efficiency rating.

AC/HVAC filters are rated on a MERV rating scale of 1 to 20. MERV is a scale of efficiencies, which most AC filters being in the range of 7 to 14. Increasing the number on your filter will increase the efficiency.

Air Purifier

Using an air purifier can reduce dust accumulation in the home.

An air purifier is a great way to combat a dust allergy in the home. The 2nd most common reason that people buy air purifiers is for dust concerns. And many of these people do not even have dust allergies. Air purifiers do a great job of removing airborne particles from the air before they have a chance to settle. This includes dust particles as well as all other types of airborne allergens.

Mid-Tier to High End air purifiers offer the best filtration efficiency, coverage, and reduced noise. However, these can be somewhat pricy. Anywhere from $200 to $800 depending on the quality. However, most units in the $300 range will work almost as well as one in the $400-$800 price range. If you cannot afford multiple units, start by getting a small one and using it in your bedroom. Keep your doors closed, and run the unit 24/7 if possible for best results.

Antihistamines

Antihistamines can help combat dust allergy symptoms.

Using antihistamine medications for allergies is extremely common. Some people take antihistamines every night before they go to sleep, just to ensure that they don't wake up with a headache or stuffy nose due to the allergens in their bedroom.

However, many people do not like the idea of taking medications continuously. There are also indications that the effectiveness of antihistamines declines with repeated use. Many people switch from one brand to another, and they do this over and over as one declines in effectiveness.

The best way to counteract this is by using some of the other treatment options listed here. These options will do a better job of preventing the problem before it starts, rather than reducing the reaction after it begins.

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HVAC/AC Duct Cleaning

Duct Cleaning can be one a very effective way of reducing airborne dust and allergies in your home. This is especially useful in homes that are more than 10 years old.

Billions of dust particles can accumulate within the duct system in your home and can cause allergic reactions. This is because your AC filters do not remove 100% of the particles out of the air that passes through them, the remaining particles circulate through your duct system and back in to your room air.

This service is surprisingly not all that expensive. It requires a professional with the proper equipment to perform a cleaning, but it

Filthy Air Ducts May Negate Other Treatments hvac ducts get filled with dust over time and should be cleaned.

In some homes, a particle counter may indicate 300,000 particles in the air in a room where an air purifier is present. However, when held up to the duct system, over 1,000,000 particles may be blowing out of the vent.

When your ducts are this dirty, an air purifier in the room cannot even keep up with the amount of particles that are being pumped in to the room by the AC system. In this scenario, the air purifier must be run on the max speeds, the vents should be closed, or the entire system should be thoroughly cleaned out by an expert.