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Many people use ceiling fans to feel cool while asleep in Cedartown, GA. That includes people who turn the AC back at night to save on energy. There are also people who simply enjoy feeling a cool breeze while they rest. However, for those who are allergic to dust mites, sleeping with a ceiling fan makes matters worse.

How Ceiling Fans Trigger Dust Mite Allergies

Dust mites breed in dusty areas. Ceiling fans easily become dusty, and mites accumulate on the blades of the fan. When the fan is on, it blows dust and mites all over a room.

What Are Dust Mites?

Dust mites are microscopic arthropods. They live in bedding, carpeting, upholstery and other fibers. They feed on dead skin cells, so where there is dead skin, that’s where they’ll be. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology tells us that dust mites are the most common household allergen, and their droppings can cause coughing, sneezing, stuffy nose, congestion and eye irritation. The little bugs don’t bite, but their feces can cause serious skin rashes.

How to Get Rid of Dust Mites

These pests thrive in warm, humid environments, so air conditioning and low humidity can keep them from multiplying. HEPA filters trap dust mites, and some types of air purifiers both trap and zap them. HEPA filters and air purifiers can also get rid of pollen, tobacco smoke, bacteria, viruses and pet dander. If you must have your ceiling fan, clean it often with a damp cloth to remove dust. Don’t use a vacuum or a feather duster, because you’ll simply blow the dust and the bugs to a new location.

To learn more about how an HVAC contractor can help you reduce Metropolis household allergens, visit Pendley Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., or call 770-854-1532.