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

June 09, 2016

Urban fables and various internet pages might persuade you that dust is made up of human skin, but that is not entirely true. Skin makes up a very small percentage of dust, but it is actually a combination of things. If it’s not skin, what is dust comprised of and how is dust affecting your home’s indoor air quality?

Sources

Dust in your house comes from two places, outdoors or indoors. The dust from the outdoors is transferred in by people. 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 approximately two-thirds of the dust in our homes.

Dust formed indoors is made of a variety of unique sources. A tremendously small component is indeed 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 courageous, a swift search online will show you what they look like. If you’re not feeling so bold, picture a tiny arachnid that’s first source of food is dead human skin cells. Dust mites make up a major portion of dust and their droppings are the leading cause of asthma and allergy symptoms according to a study completed by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. While they are indulging on dead skin cells they are thriving in humidity. Maintaining the ideal humidity of your home can reduce the affect of dust mites.

What are the solutions?

True Temp Heating & Air Inc has several of indoor air quality solutions and the professionals at True Temp Heating & Air Inc in Chatsworth 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 True Temp Heating & Air Inc in Chatsworth 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 706-695-7492. We look forward to working with you.