What is Dust Made of and How Does It Affect Your Indoor Air Quality?06/09/2016 Urban legend and other internet searches might 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? Sources Dust in your living space 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 attached 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 variety of different sources. An extremely minimal 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 brave, 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 number one cause of asthma and allergy symptoms 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 reduce the affect of dust mites. What are the solutions? Beck Cohen has several of indoor air quality solutions and the professionals at Beck Cohen in Charlottesville 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 Beck Cohen in Charlottesville 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 434-296-0129. We also have a handy online scheduler if you’d rather contact us that way. We look forward to working with you.