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

Urban tales and other internet searches may persuade you that dust is made up of human skin, but that is not completely accurate. Skin makes up a tiny percentage of dust, but it is in reality a variety 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 home derives from two places, outdoors or indoors. The dust from the outdoors is brought 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 created indoors is made of several of different culprits. A tremendously minimal 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.

Dust Mites

Where there is dust there is also dust mites. If you’re feeling courageous, a simple search online will show you what they look like. If you’re not feeling so bold, think about 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 number one cause of asthma and allergy flare-ups according to a study completed by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. While they are dining on dead skin cells they are thriving in humidity. Maintaining the proper humidity of your home can minimize the impact of dust mites.

What are the solutions?

O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning has a number of indoor air quality solutions and the team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line 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 610-257-7035. We also have a handy online scheduler if you’d rather contact us that way. We look forward to working with you.