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

Urban legend and other internet searches may inform 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 combination of things. If it’s not skin, what is dust made of and how is dust affecting your home’s indoor air quality?

Sources

Dust in your home originates from two places, outdoors or indoors. The dust from the outdoors is transferred in by us. 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 formed indoors is made of several of diverse sources. A very small component 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 brave, a swift search online will show you what they look like. If you’re not feeling so bold, think about 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 leading cause of asthma and allergy irritations according to a study done by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. While they are dining on dead skin cells they are thriving in humidity. Maintaining the correct humidity of your home can decrease the impact of dust mites.

What are the solutions?

Patterson & Stirling Inc has a number of indoor air quality solutions and the professionals at Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie 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 Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie 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 814-833-5558. We also have a handy online scheduler if you’d rather contact us that way. We look forward to working with you.