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Posted: November 13, 2015

Brevard Cooling and Heating, Inc., provides thousands of Cocoa residents yearly with our Service Agreements. Our customers find that having a Service Agreement with Brevard Cooling and Heating, Inc. gives them peace of mind knowing they don’t have to worry about break downs.

Brevard Cooling and Heating of Cocoa, Florida specializes in providing Quality Home Heating and Air Conditioning Repair and Installation Services to Cocoa, Florida and it’s surrounding Brevard County communities.

Invasion of the Dust Mites: A Horror Story

We know you don’t want to hear this, but we have to tell you because when it comes to dust mites, ignorance is not bliss: You have a lot of dust mites in your Cocoa home, and these microscopic arachnids – yes, they’re spiders, kind of – are highly potent allergens that can worsen or even cause severe allergies. And they’re everywhere in your house.

We at Brevard Cooling & Heating, Inc. don’t like to be fear mongers, but you should know that your bed alone may contain up to 10 million dust mites, which feed on the dead skin cells you shed every night. And we really don’t like to be the bearers of bad news, but each of those ten million dust mites, uh, excretes twenty droppings a day. Just one week of dust mite activity in your bed alone means that you’re sleeping on – and inhaling – 1,400,000,000 microscopic dust mite patties, and that’s nothing to sneeze at because it’s the droppings that are the most highly allergenic part of the dust mite.

So how do you get rid of these little beasts? Well, you don’t, exactly. Dust mites are an unfortunate fact of life, and they’re not going anywhere. But you can vastly reduce the populations of dust mites in your home to help alleviate allergies and other respiratory ailments and quell the collywobbles. It’s easy if you just follow our…

Simple Guide for Whacking Huge Numbers of Dust Mites

If you want to whack huge numbers of dust mites, you want keep your home as dust-free as possible. Dust mites, dust. Dust, dust mites. See the connection? Dust is largely comprised of the 50 million skin cells you shed every day, and that’s better than a free Vegas buffet to your dust mite roommates. Here’s the best way to get rid of dust – and hence, dust mites – in your home:

  • Dust at least twice a week. Use an electrostatic, microfiber, or damp dusting cloth to actually pick up the dust rather than simply move it around. But don’t use dusting solutions. They may make your wood shiny, but they’ve got nasty chemicals that aren’t much better for your lungs than dust mite poo.
  • After you dust, vacuum. Invest in a vacuum cleaner that’s equipped with a HEPA filter, which will filter the air that moves through before sending it out through the exhaust.
  • While you’re dusting and vacuuming, and for a half-hour afterwards, turn the thermostat fan setting to the ON position so that your A/C fan will suck all pollutants that go airborne during dusting and vacuuming through the system’s air filter.
  • Speaking of filters, always choose the highest quality, pleated filter that your cooling system will accommodate – generally, that will be a MERV 12 filter, which will trap over 90 percent of the dust mites floating around in the air.
  • Get rid of clutter! Clutter begets dust, and dust begets dust mites. Pare down the bric-a-brac, put away the piles of clothes, and keep your home as clutter-free as possible.
  • Wash your bedding every week in hot water to kill the dust mites. While it’s in the wash, vacuum your mattress thoroughly, and pound your pillow outside.
  • Invest in a mite-proof mattress cover and mite-proof pillow cases to keep the riffraff from burrowing into your mattress and pillows.
  • Keep the humidity level in your home at the optimum 30 to 50 percent range. We know that’s kind of tough in Cocoa, where the outdoor humidity is a force to reckon with, but strategically placed portable dehumidifiers or a whole-house dehumidifier, which is built into your HVAC system and features a humidistat, can help. See, dust mites thrive in high humidity, but they don’t reproduce nearly as fast or live as long in lower humidity.

You spend 90 percent of your time indoors, and much of that is spent at home. Taking care of the air you breathe is taking care of your good health and your overall wellbeing. Brevard Cooling & Heating, Inc. is committed to helping our Cocoa neighbors and all of those in surrounding Brevard County communities maintain high-quality indoor air. We’re not just about staying cool, but staying healthy as well.

Please feel free to contact us today in Cocoa and greater Brevard County to find out how we can help you kick the mites and other allergens to the curb and enjoy breathing clean air.

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