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Doctor Recommendations

Dirty indoor air can contribute to a host of serious health problems. Headaches, nausea, eye irritation, nasal congestion, drowsiness, sore throat, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pains, rashes, fatigue, loss of appetite, diarrhea, anxiety, and even insomnia may sometimes be related to the environment in which you live or work.

The above symptoms can further be irritated by airborne bacteria and fungi circulated throughout your environment's ductwork. Prolonged exposure can ultimately create hypersensitivity to certain allergies. The severity of symptoms for some individuals may ultimately lead them to seek medical assistance, or even hospitalization.

Below you will find a number of doctor recommendations that can help control dust levels and allow you to get a better night's sleep:

• Wash all bedding linens in hot water (130°F/54.4°C) at least once per week. Cooler temperatures will not kill dust mites.

• Vacuum and wet-dust regularly to minimize airborne dust. If necessary, wear a dust mask to avoid irritation while cleaning.

• Never allow pets into your bedroom.

• Run your central furnace air cleaner immediately prior to bedtime.

• HEPA. air cleaners (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) can remove airborne dust and allergens. Be sure that the you purchase one that is adequate for the size of your bedroom.

• Clean your furnace and air ducts regularly.

• Remove all dust-collecting objects (like open bookcases) from the room.

• Windows should have screened ventilators to keep out dust and pollen.

• Avoid over-humidifying. Mites thrive in humidity.

• Consider replacing thick carpets with hard flooring or flat carpets; heavy curtains for light, washable curtains or vertical blinds.

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