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

June 09, 2016

Urban legend and several internet searches may inform you that dust is made up of human skin, but that is not completely true. Skin makes up a tiny percentage of dust, but it is honestly 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 comes from two places, outdoors or indoors. The dust from the outdoors is carried in by humans. This dust consists of soil or pollen that is attached 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 a number of diverse 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 brave, a quick 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 large portion of dust and their droppings are the leading cause of asthma and allergy symptoms 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 proper humidity of your home can decrease the affect of dust mites.

What are the solutions?

AZ Air Conditioning and Heating has a variety of indoor air quality solutions and the professionals at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating in Los Angeles 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 AZ Air Conditioning and Heating in Los Angeles 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 800-296-5088. We look forward to working with you.