Urban legend and other internet pages may tell 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 actually a variety of things. If it’s not skin, what is dust consisting of and how is dust affecting your home’s indoor air quality?
Dust in your house comes 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 almost two-thirds of the dust in our homes.
Dust originated indoors is made of a number of different culprits. A tremendously minimal part 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 quick search online will show you what they look like. If you’re not feeling so bold, imagine a tiny arachnid that’s primary 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 feasting on dead skin cells they are thriving in humidity. Managing the ideal humidity of your home can decrease the influence of dust mites.
What are the solutions?
MPC Heating & Cooling has several of indoor air quality solutions and the experts at MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron 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 MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron 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 308-832-4321. We look forward to working with you.