Urban legend and several internet searches could inform you that dust is made up of human skin, but that is not totally factual. Skin makes up a minuscule percentage of dust, but it is actually 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 living space originates 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 about two-thirds of the dust in our homes.
Dust created indoors is made of a variety of unique sources. A very small component 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 daring, 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 large portion of dust and their droppings are the number one cause of asthma and allergy symptoms according to a study done by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. While they are indulging on dead skin cells they are thriving in humidity. Preserving the ideal humidity of your home can reduce the affect of dust mites.
What are the solutions?
Colvin's Heating and Cooling has a variety of indoor air quality solutions and the team at Colvin's Heating and Cooling in Excelsior Springs 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 Colvin's Heating and Cooling in Excelsior Springs 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 816-379-3918. We look forward to working with you.