You spend a lot of time in your home, and much of that time is spent sleeping. Do you know what your air quality is like? Because Americans spend over 80 percent of their time inside enclosed buildings, the quality of that indoor air has big implications for your health. Because your home is sealed, any pollutants become concentrated and can have adverse effects. Read on to find out more about dust, and why you want to eliminate it from your home.
What Is Dust?
We often don’t think about the dust we are breathing in every day, and we only notice dust when there is a buildup on our home surfaces. Dust is a sweeping term that encompasses a wide variety of both inorganic and organic particles. The majority of dust in a home is from shed skin cells, and the areas of your home you use the most will have the highest concentrations of dust. Beyond just skin cells, dust can also contain:
- Paint particles
- Cigarette smoke
- Fabric fibers
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
- Rodent waste
- Heavy metals
When you walk through your home, or vacuum, these dust particles get stirred up and are suspended in the air. This concentration in the air is what you end up breathing in, and you can see why some of these particles would be dangerous to your health.
Dangers of Dust
Too much dust in your home can lead to various health issues, some of which you might not know are being caused by the dust you are breathing in.
Dust mites, the microscopic organisms that live off of dead skin cells, cause allergies in most people. This can manifest in red, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, a runny nose, or a stuffy nose. Reducing your exposure to dust can help with all of these unpleasant allergic side effects.
A more severe reaction to dust mites can trigger an asthma attack. Bacteria in household dust can be a main contributor to asthma, and when it is windy, or you are stirring up a lot of dust by cleaning, asthma attacks can be triggered. Getting rid of the dust in your home can help to eliminate the occurrence or frequency of asthma.
The dust that you are breathing in can also affect your skin. Some people are prone to dermatitis, or inflammation and infection of the skin, when they are exposed to dust. This can lead to conditions like eczema that can be very uncomfortable and become chronic.
More research needs to be done, but it appears that breathing in large concentrations of toxic chemicals found in everyday items (such as flame retardants in furniture) can disrupt hormones and the brain. Especially for young children with growing brains, eliminating toxic dust is extremely important.
What to Do?
So what can be done about household dust and all of the health complications it can cause? Thankfully, J and J air duct cleaning in Las Vegas is here to help you with all of your residential air duct cleaning needs. We can remove the dangerous dust that is hiding in your ducts, and blowing into your home every time your HVAC system is on. Keep your ducts clean, and be on your way to making your home healthier!