Can Air Purifiers Kill Dust Mites?

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Mark Johnson
Air Purification Expert
Last Updated: 15 Sep 2020
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One of the most common causes of allergies is dust mites, which are a big problem for many people.

If you’re seeking relief, there are several choices available, and some include natural remedies that can treat surfaces like your bed and fabric. Nevertheless, there’s still the issue of lingering airborne particles1 they produce.

So can air purifiers get rid of this menace?

The simple answer is yes.

What are Dust Mites?

Dust mites look like translucent or almost white bugs. As they have eight legs, they’re too similar spiders and are classed not as insects but as arthropods, and most of them measure about 1/4 to 1/3 of a millimeter, meaning they’re far too miniature to see with without a microscope.

One reason they thrive so well in your homes is because of the indoor temperatures. They thrive at ranges of about 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit (20-25 degrees Celsius), and they especially love the humidity levels of around 70-80%.

Allergic Reaction

Most dust mites2 feed on the tiny fragments of skin that humans and your pets produce daily. These skin particles end up between threads and deep within layers of your most treasured furniture, your bed, carpets, and even stuffed toys and clothing.

Note that it’s crucial to replace the filter after some time to restore the filtering ability after a large amount of mite matter has been captured.

For the tiny size, they’re hard to deal with, and many things won’t have any effect, either.

The primary matter lies in the microscopic sizes of the dust mites’ bodies and fecal matter, which is the principal allergen source. Recent studies have shown sizes ranging from 5 to 40 micrometers (or sometimes called “microns”).

No sprays, deodorizers, or fans can aid with that–you’ll always have that issue until they’re dealt with properly.

The other is that even if you kill the dust mite population, allergens3  still will remain and will continue to cause allergies in people in the home.

Surface Wiping

How Can an Air Purifier Help?

Well, most air purifiers work by pulling air through a series of filter sections using a small fan. As the air in your sanctuary circulates, they reduce dust mite issues by filtering and trapping these mite allergens if you know how to clean an air filter.

To do so, a filter capable of trapping particles as tiny as five as microns mentioned earlier is necessary. The industry standard is the High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. These are a standardized type of screen which must meet the following requirements:

They must filter and trap elements as minute as 0.3 microns

The screen must capture 99.97% of all particles in the air that moves through the filter

It means if, over time that air containing 10,000 particles and substances moves into the screen, only three will escape! That’s an extraordinary amount of filtration.

Note that it is critical to replace the filter after some time to restore the filtering ability after a large amount of mite matter has been trapped.

Unclean Surface

A True HEPA filter, on the other hand, would be your best bet, but it must meet these requirements–hence, as you can see, it is critical to have one that meets these criteria to reduce your allergy suffering.

Note also that most normally are also bundled with or attached to 2 other filter sections: one for filter more abundant elements (like air, larger dust particles, and so on) and a carbon filter with traps chemical substances such as odor-causing chemicals or organic chemical matter.

Dust mite allergens will be no longer be an issue in your home in this case!

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Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Mark advises business, individuals, and organizations on how to use and get the best purifiers so as to maintain their offices and homes. For a fresher and cleaner environment, he is the man for you. He loves ideas and concepts and uses his skills to make them a reality.

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