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

Air Quality

Urban tales and several internet searches could persuade you that dust is made up of human skin, but that is not entirely accurate. Skin makes up a minuscule percentage of dust, but it is honestly a plethora 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 house originates from two places, outdoors or indoors. The dust from the outdoors is carried 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 almost two-thirds of the dust in our homes.

Dust created indoors is made of several of diverse sources. A very 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 swift search online will show you what they look like. If you’re not feeling so brave, think about 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 top cause of asthma and allergy irritations 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. Managing the proper humidity of your home can decrease the impact of dust mites.

What are the solutions?

Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating has a variety of indoor air quality solutions and the professionals at Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating in Pella 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 Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating in Pella 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 641-628-3621. We look forward to working with you.

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