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Winter Allergies/Asthma – Dust Mites and your Ductwork

young girl with Asthma suffers because of dust mitesThe winter months in Ontario can be a bit chilly, to say the least. As such, most people find themselves staying indoors a significant amount of time and are exposed to household allergens as a result. One of the most common allergens that exist in all homes is dust mites.

The symptoms of dust mite allergies can vary but often include coughing, sneezing, runny nose and itchy, watery eyes. People with asthma may wheeze more often and have to use additional asthma medication . These symptoms can range from slightly annoying to completely debilitating.

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Unfortunately, the cause of the allergy, these microscopic insect-like dust mites, thrive in household dust found in all homes. Even if you are meticulous and keep your home spotless, there is one area that dust will always accumulate and spread throughout the entire house, and this is in your heating and cooling duct system. During the cold winter months in Ontario, we rely heavily on central heating systems to stay warm. As the warm air is spread, if dust and dust mites are in our ductwork, they will also be spread throughout the house. For this reason, cleaning and maintenance of your duct work system are essential to control and eliminate dust mite allergies during the long winter months.