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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Florida Indoor Allergens in the Bedroom

Interior design and space planning your bedroom are important elements to consider when designing your home.  When you are designing your bedroom it is natural to just look at the aesthetics of the room.  After all, that is the fun part.  But I want to encourage you to look at the health benefits of minimizing indoor allergens in the bedroom as well.  All of our energy goes into creating a beautiful bedroom that is relaxing and comforting.  But, don’t lose sight of creating a healthy environment for you, your spouse and your children.  It is also important to design your space to minimize dust mites in the bedroom. 

Then there is ongoing maintenance to keep our bedrooms healthy and to discourage dust mites that may invade our comfort, health and immune system.  We spend 1/3 of our life in bed.  When was the last time you replaced your old pillows, bed coverings, etc. How often do you wash the outside bedding? What is the water temperature you wash your bed linens in?  Do you vacuum your  mattress to remove dust and dead skin?  Rotate your mattress?  We shed skin everyday that dust mites feed on.  Also, do you encase your mattress and pillows before putting on your sheets and pillow covers?  What about the box spring?   

Dust mites also form colonies in our mattresses, pillows and even our box springs.  According to a NY Times article, "Dust mites are microscopic creatures, about 0.4 millimeters in length, that feast on flakes of human skin. Their feces contains a very potent allergen." 

Summer time is coming here to Central Florida and indoor dust mites love the Florida hot humidity and high temperatures inside our homes.  So what can you do?  If you would like to learn more about tips and ideas to minimize indoor allergens in the bedroom, please click on the two links below I provided from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology and from the New York Times.  If you found this article helpful please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.  Thank you and have a blessed day.