Spring is the time of year we start experiencing the sniffling and sneezing caused by seasonal allergies. While many people suffer from seasonal allergies – some experience these symptoms year-round. Dust mite allergies are a common trigger for asthma, non-seasonal allergies, and atopic dermatitis and can effect those who are allergic year-round. Here are some tips of mite reduction, dust mite facts and information.
- 10% of the human population is allergic to the waste of these little creepy crawlies and 80% of allergy suffers are sensitive to them as well.
- Dust mites thrive in temperatures 68-70℉ and a RH of 70-80%
- The America College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology estimates that as many as 90% of people with allergic asthma are sensitive to dust mites, and at least 45% of young people with asthma are allergic to dust mites
Dust Mite Control Tips
- A dehumidifier can help bring humidity down below 50% RH where dust mites cannot survive. This is one of the easiest ways to control dust mite populations in your home.
- Use micro-filtration bags in your vacuum this can help keep mites and mite wast from being recirculated back into the air.
- Use dust proof zip-able covers on mattresses and pillows.
- Dust mites are too small to be seen with the naked eye but when seen on a microscope they are light in color and have eight legs
- Mites feed on dead skin
- The average lifespan of a dust mite is 80 days
- There are 13 different types of dust mites, the most common species in the United States are the Dermatophagoides Farinae and the D. Pteronyssinus.
- Common dust mite hiding spots include mattresses, bed linen, upholstered furniture, long-fiber carpets, and soft toys
In many parts of the country during the spring, summer and fall months, warm, moist air enters the vented crawlspace from the outside and condenses on the cooler surfaces of the walls, floor and ductwork. These cooler surfaces are created within the crawlspace or basement by it being partially or entirely underground and shaded – much like a cave!
• If the Dew Point (DP) temperature is ABOVE the surface temperature,
condensation will occur.
• If the Dew Point (DP) temperature is BELOW the surface temperature,
there will be no condensation.
Condensation Contributes To:
- High Humidity
- Pest Infestations
- Poor Indoor Air Quality
- Mold Growth
- Musty Odors
- Damage to Property
How do I prevent condensation?
Santa Fe offers a full line of dehumidifiers to help prevent condensation in these spaces. Several of the units feature dual exhaust to provide optimal airflow. This airflow helps prevent spot condensate, and in combination with the dehumidification, protects crawlspaces and basements.
Most insects are attracted to damp environments, such as crawlspaces and basements. Controlling the relative humidity (RH) inside the home will help to eliminate unwanted condensation that can create a water supply for many pests. It will also help to prevent wood rot and structural damage to the home that creates an environment for pests to thrive. The only way to control RH is with a dehumidifier that can effectively and efficiently operate in these cool spaces, like the ones offered by Santa Fe.
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Sealing off a crawlspace and removing excess moisture will help control pests, improve overall indoor air quality, protect your home against structural damage caused
by moisture, and reduce your energy bills. There are several options when it comes to treating your crawlspace based on what region of the country you live in and the local building codes.
The crawlspace featured in these photos is in Charlotte, South Carolina and was encapsulated. Meaning all opening were sealed, including vents and doors leading from the exterior, also the foundation and the floor were lined with a premium grade vapor barrier to prevent moisture from seeping into the crawlspace.
Inferior vapor barrier
Opossum feces and urine
Proper installation of a premium grade vapor barrier is essential to controlling moisture, and as a result, minimizes the pests and mold that thrive in a damp crawlspace.
Also installed was a Santa-Fe Dehumidifier that is specifically designed to operate in crawlspaces.
The Santa Fe Advance Dehumidifier will help reduce excess humidity, making the crawlspace inhospitable for fungi, dust mites, wood destroying insects, and other pests.