What is Dust Made of and How Does It Affect Your Indoor Air Quality?06/09/2016 Urban fables and various internet pages might inform you that dust is made up of human skin, but that is not totally factual. Skin makes up a minuscule percentage of dust, but it is honestly a combination 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 house 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 formed indoors is made of several of different things. A tremendously small part 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 daring, a simple search online will show you what they look like. If you’re not feeling so brave, picture 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 top cause of asthma and allergy irritations according to a study done by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. While they are indulging on dead skin cells they are thriving in humidity. Managing the proper humidity of your home can reduce the impact of dust mites. What are the solutions? Garoken Energy Co. Inc. has several of indoor air quality solutions and the team at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton 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 Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton 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 503-848-3838. We also have a handy online scheduler if you’d rather contact us that way. We look forward to working with you.