What is Dust Made of and How Does It Affect Your Indoor Air Quality?06/09/2016 Urban tales and various internet searches could inform you that dust is made up of human skin, but that is not completely factual. Skin makes up a very small percentage of dust, but it is actually a variety 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 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 about two-thirds of the dust in our homes. Dust originated indoors is made of several of different things. An extremely tiny 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 quick search online will show you what they look like. If you’re not feeling so curious, picture 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 irritations according to a study completed by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. While they are indulging on dead skin cells they are thriving in humidity. Maintaining the ideal humidity of your home can minimize the influence of dust mites. What are the solutions? Central Air Inc has a variety of indoor air quality solutions and the professionals at Central Air Inc in Portland Metro 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 Central Air Inc in Portland Metro 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 503-656-1908. We also have a handy online scheduler if you’d rather contact us that way. We look forward to working with you.