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

Urban tales and various internet sites may persuade you that dust is made up of human skin, but that is not entirely factual. Skin makes up a very small percentage of dust, but it is actually a variety 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 home derives 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 brought in 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 different things. An extremely minimal component 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 swift search online will show you what they look like. If you’re not feeling so brave, imagine a tiny arachnid that’s primary 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 flare-ups according to a study published by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. While they are feasting on dead skin cells they are thriving in humidity. Maintaining the ideal humidity of your home can minimize the influence of dust mites.

What are the solutions?

Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has a variety of indoor air quality solutions and the experts at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Denver 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 Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Denver 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 303-452-4146. We also have a handy online scheduler if you’d rather contact us that way. We look forward to working with you.