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Exposure to dust mites can stir up chronic conditions, including allergies and asthma. Use these tips to keep your exposure to dust mites at a minimum: reduce humidity – Dust mites thrive in high humidity. Keep your home humidity level between 30 and 50% using a well-maintained dehumidifier or central air conditioning. Cover mattresses and pillows – Dustproof or allergen-blocking covers are available to enclose the parts of your bed that can’t easily be washed. Wash bedding often – Wash your sheets and blankets each week, preferably in hot water. Cold or warm water, in combination with detergent and bleach, also can kill dust mites. Vacuum often – Vacuum carpets and fabric-covered furniture weekly. Consider using a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate air (GEPA) filter, which may capture larger airborne particles, such as dust. Don’t clear with dry tools – Use a damp mop or cloth instead of a broom or dry cloth to reduce the amount of dust stirred up. replace carpets and curtains -- If you’re especially susceptible to dust mites, consider replacing the carpet in your bedroom and main living areas with hard surfaces, such as wood or tile. If you need a window covering, consider blinds that can be dusted. be wary of air filters – There’s little evidence that these improve allergy and asthma symptoms. Your best bet is to focus on the cleaning tips above.