What is Dust Made of and How Does It Affect Your Indoor Air Quality?

Air Quality

Urban fables and various internet sites might tell you that dust is made up of human skin, but that is not totally accurate. Skin makes up a tiny percentage of dust, but it is actually a plethora of things. If it’s not skin, what is dust consisting of and how is dust affecting your home’s indoor air quality?

Sources

Dust in your living space comes from two places, outdoors or indoors. The dust from the outdoors is carried in by us. This dust consists of soil or pollen that is clinging on our clothing or through open windows. The dust brought in from the outside is about two-thirds of the dust in our homes.

Dust created indoors is made of several of unique culprits. A tremendously tiny portion is actually human skin. The majority of indoor dust is made up of furniture and carpet fibers and, if you have a pet, pet dander and fur.

Dust Mites

Where there is dust there is also dust mites. If you’re feeling brave, a quick search online will show you what they look like. If you’re not feeling so brave, imagine a tiny arachnid that’s main source of food is dead human skin cells. Dust mites make up a huge portion of dust and their droppings are the top cause of asthma and allergy symptoms according to a study completed by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. While they are feasting on dead skin cells they are thriving in humidity. Maintaining the proper humidity of your home can decrease the influence of dust mites.

What are the solutions?

1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has several of indoor air quality solutions and the experts at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest can help you find the best choice for your home’s needs. We carry the a PureAirTM air purification system which fights off all three classes of contaminants and is the only single indoor air quality system to do so. We offer a wide-range of whole-home humidity control options to keep those dust mites at bay. We also offer whole-home ventilation systems which are helpful in bringing fresh air into today’s tightly sealed homes.

Our team at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest will work with you to keep you healthy and comfortable in your home. If you have any questions about improving your indoor air quality or anything home comfort related give us a call at 949-204-0859. We also have a handy online scheduler if you’d rather contact us that way. We look forward to working with you.

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