What is dust? Common house dust is more disgusting than you think. Depending on where you live, it can contain a microscopic concoction of pet dander, pollen, mold spores, fungus, bacteria, bits of rotted plants and dead insects. But that's not all. It can also contain millions of dust mites whose waste is a leading trigger of asthma, eczema, and allergic inflammation. Dust mites are 1/100th of an inch in size and will "poop" 100 times their body weight in their short lifetime. The medical community has identified dust mite, dust mite feces, and pet allergens as posing the greatest risk for the development of allergies in the in the first place, continued suffering of those with allergic illness and a component in the development of much more serious allergic diseases such as asthma and sinuitis.
Many vacuum cleaners do not filter fine dust effectively. Some adequately pull small particles out of your carpeting and bedding, but their filter systems are so porous that microscopic particles (dust mites, dust mite feces, pet allergens, etc.) pass through the cleaner and are expelled back into the air you breath! If your allergy symptoms seem worse after you just cleaned your home then you know exactly what I am talking about. But before you start freaking out at the thought of microscopic menaces floating around your house consider this first: You can't escape germs, dust mites, etc. completely - and what's more, according to some researchers, a little exposure to some germs might help build up a healthy immune system.
So here's the bottom line: It's smart to limit the allergens and germs that shack up with you and your loved ones, without trying to aim for a lab-sterile environment around the house. One of the most important things you can do is to vacuum your entire house three times per week using a true HEPA (high efficiency particulate arresting) filtration system, which traps dust mites and other allergens. Also, if your little one shows the signs of a pet allergy, try to keep your child and "Fido" in different rooms, and definitely out of the same bed. If your allergies continue then you may want to give us a call for a FREE Indoor Air Quality Survey. Through this survey we attempt to discover other methods that will reduce or eliminate the misery of allergies.