Urban tales and other internet pages could 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 plethora of things. If it’s not skin, what is dust made of and how is dust affecting your home’s indoor air quality?
Dust in your house derives from two places, outdoors or indoors. The dust from the outdoors is brought in by humans. 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 originated indoors is made of a variety of different culprits. A very small 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.
Where there is dust there is also dust mites. If you’re feeling daring, a swift search online will show you what they look like. If you’re not feeling so bold, picture a tiny arachnid that’s main 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 flare-ups according to a study published by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. While they are dining on dead skin cells they are thriving in humidity. Maintaining the ideal humidity of your home can minimize the affect of dust mites.
What are the solutions?
Farris Heating & Air has a number of indoor air quality solutions and the professionals at Farris Heating & Air in Bartlesville 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 Farris Heating & Air in Bartlesville 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 918-534-8194. We look forward to working with you.