What is Dust Made of and How Does It Affect Your Indoor Air Quality?06/09/2016 Urban tales and other internet sites could tell you that dust is made up of human skin, but that is not completely true. Skin makes up a minuscule percentage of dust, but it is honestly 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 house originates from two places, outdoors or indoors. The dust from the outdoors is transferred in by people. 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 created indoors is made of a number of unique culprits. A very tiny portion is really 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 courageous, a swift 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 major portion of dust and their droppings are the number one cause of asthma and allergy irritations according to a study done 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 minimize the affect of dust mites. What are the solutions? Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. has a variety of indoor air quality solutions and the professionals at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro 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 Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro 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 256-574-1300. We also have a handy online scheduler if you’d rather contact us that way. We look forward to working with you.