Dust in the home is made up of small particles of plant and animal debris. The EPA says that about 40 pounds of dust are generated each year for every 1500 square feet of living space. Every speck of dust in the home carries about 40,000 dust mites, along with other allergens like dead skin, pet dander, insect parts, mold spores, bacteria, food particles, fabric fibers, and more. The main causes of allergy symptoms in house dust are dust mites and insect (cockroach) debris.
Dust allergy symptoms include itchy, watery eyes, runny or stuffy nose, and sneezing. Dust can also trigger asthma symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. During the allergy season of spring through fall, these symptoms are commonly caused by pollen, and people with hay fever are affected. However, if you suffer from allergy symptoms all year, even during non-allergy season, then you are probably reacting to dust in the home.
Let us help you. Have a AirAdvice for Homes™ indoor air quality test done today in your home – it’s simple, easy, and is typically offered at low or no cost to you, the homeowner.
AirAdvice indoor air quality tips:
- Unfortunately even very clean homes will always have some level of dust, but an unkempt home will make dust allergy symptoms worse. Ironically, the very act of cleaning can actually stir up dust which puts more allergens into the air.
- The two most effective ways to control dust in the home are source removal and proper air filtration. Simple things like using a door mat and vacuuming with a modern vacuum cleaner can be very effective. The installation of a proper filter in your HVAC system will make a huge difference as well.
To find an IAQ expert in your area, click on the Find an Expert button at the top of this page. They can measure particle levels in your home and determine if your heating and cooling systems are sized and functioning properly.