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

Urban legend and several internet sites may inform you that dust is made up of human skin, but that is not entirely factual. Skin makes up a tiny percentage of dust, but it is in reality a plethora 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 derives from two places, outdoors or indoors. The dust from the outdoors is brought in by us. This dust consists of soil or pollen that is attached 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 originated indoors is made of a variety of different culprits. A tremendously tiny portion 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 quick search online will show you what they look like. If you’re not feeling so brave, picture a tiny arachnid that’s first source of food is dead human skin cells. Dust mites make up a huge portion of dust and their droppings are the leading cause of asthma and allergy irritations 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. Preserving the correct humidity of your home can reduce the impact of dust mites.

What are the solutions?

Contra Costa Heating & AC has a number of indoor air quality solutions and the experts at Contra Costa Heating & AC in the Bay Area 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 Contra Costa Heating & AC in the Bay Area 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 510-343-9841. We look forward to working with you.

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