How Dust in Your Home May Affect Your Health

The majority of people spend 90% of their time at home. Unfortunately, many aren’t aware that the air we breathe (even indoors) contains dust, dirt, soot, smoke, and even mold spores. These particles are suspended in the air.

Our homes should be the safest place to be, but that isn’t always the case. Breathing in these particles can be harmful to our health. Small particles can penetrate more deeply into your lungs, making them more dangerous.

What particles should I be worried about?
There are different types of particulate matter in the air. Some are so small that they can’t be seen by the naked eye, while others are big enough to see. 

Dust is the most common source of indoor pollution. Dust seems to appear from nowhere. You try your best to keep the house clean, but these irritating substances seem to settle everywhere. Getting rid of them seems like a never-ending battle. Studies suggest that the average home collects about 40 pounds of dust every year. Even worse, dust is made up of dead skin cells, bacteria, bits of dead bugs, dust mites, and soil particles. You may not realize it, but they’re the biggest predators in your home. 

How does dust affect our health?
Those dust particles accumulating on your bookshelf are not just unsightly, but they can also deteriorate the quality of air in your home. When we breathe in, particles suspended in the air enters our nose. Some dust particles are small enough that they can enter the lungs. 

Dust mite allergy symptoms may include: 
Nasal congestion
Itchy, watery eyes
Runny nose
Throat irritation 

Dust may be more irritating to some people than others. People who have asthma are likely to experience an asthma attack and may have trouble breathing. Others may experience allergic rhinitis, lung and throat irritation, or inflammation of the
mucus membranes. 

The most significant reaction happens when the dust particles enter the deepest parts of the lungs. When that happens, it may lead to scarring or serious lung injury. 

Common places where dust accumulates
Dust can be hiding in many different places around the house. Don’t neglect these spots. 

HVAC filters and ducts: If you can’t seem to get a handle on the dust situation in your home, we suggest checking your HVAC. Dust, pollen, dander, and other small particles are trapped in the filter to prevent them from circulating in the air. When it becomes too dirty, dust and debris get recirculated back into your home, contributing to unhealthy air. 

Windows and blinds: Windows, blinds, and curtains can be some of the dustiest surfaces in your home. To prove our point, try running your finger along the blinds or window right now. Is it covered in dust? 

Mattress and pillows: Your bedroom is your haven. However, your pillows, blankets, and mattresses can generate the most amount of dust in the form of dead skin cells. 

How can I protect my family? 

Cleaning and dusting: When it comes to dust, prevention is better than cure. One of the best ways to reduce dust is to stick to a daily cleaning routine. Otherwise, those dust bunnies will quickly take over your home. 

Change HVAC filter regularly: Make it a habit to change your air filter regularly every three months. If you smoke or if you have pets, it is best to replace it once a month. 

Wash your sheets weekly: Be sure to wash your sheet and your pillowcases every week. If you sleep naked, you may need to wash the sheets more often. 

Consider professional testing
The symptoms of particle pollution are pretty similar to symptoms of mold presence and other allergens at home. To figure out the right solution, we must first identify the source of the problem. The best way to do that is by having your home tested. 

Our  ACAC certified  CMI (Certified Microbial Investigator) will do a thorough inspection to find sources of molds in your home. Our allergen testing experts will check all possible allergens such as dust mites, pollen, and many more.

When we can identify the cause of the problem, we can then start making your home safer. Call us now for a free consultation. Find out what tests and services would be most fitting to address your concerns.

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