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Asked & Answered: Can A Dehumidifier Help Control Dust Mites?

Asked & Answered: Can A Dehumidifier Help Control Dust Mites?

Q: Is it true that a dehumidifier can help control dust mites? A: Yes. Dust mites – barely visible to the naked eye – aren’t like typical bugs that bite or burrow into the human body. They feed on dead skin from pets and humans, and their fecal pellets contain an allergen to which millions of people are highly allergic. These little pests are nearly everywhere; roughly 4 out of 5 homes in the US have detectable levels of dust…

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Refresh That Old Mattress!

Refresh That Old Mattress!

Is your mattress…showing its age? Past its prime? Have you and it come to an impasse, and you’re one step away from kicking it to the curb? Conventional wisdom (to say nothing of mattress stores) will tell you to replace your mattress if you’re consistently sleeping poorly, find it lumpy and uncomfortable, or simply have had it over 8 years. Prevention Magazine corroborates those guidelines, noting that, “A good mattress lasts 9 to 10 years, according to the National Sleep…

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What’s Lurking In YOUR Carpet?

What’s Lurking In YOUR Carpet?

From the moment your brand new carpet is installed, it slowly morphs from a lush surface for your family…to a magnet for dander, dust, bacteria, mold, mildew, dust mites, fecal matter and other allergens. In fact, according to the research of Dr. Philip Tierno, a microbiologist and immunologist at NYU’s Langone Medical Center and author of The Secret Life of Germs, your carpet “probably contains about 200,000 bacteria per square inch, making it 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat.”[1]…

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