Urban tales and several internet searches might persuade you that dust is made up of human skin, but that is not totally true. Skin makes up a tiny percentage of dust, but it is honestly 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?
Dust in your home 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 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 originated indoors is made of a number of unique culprits. A very minimal part is really 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.
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, 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 number one 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. Managing the ideal humidity of your home can reduce the affect of dust mites.
What are the solutions?
Freed Heating & Air Conditioning has several of indoor air quality solutions and the experts at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline 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 Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline 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 309-323-9584. We look forward to working with you.