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40 Pounds of Dust? Yikes!

Posted on May 31, 2012
by Wendy Stackhouse

According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, your home probably contains (and circulates) about 40 pounds of dust right now. Yuck!

What is that dust made of? Are you sure you want to know?

It depends on:

  • Where you live
  • Climate
  • How many people live in the home
  • What foods are cooked
  • Cleaning habits
  • Pets
  • Smoking

However, Time Magazine tells us that “nearly all household dust is a combination of:

  • shed bits of human skin
  • animal fur
  • decomposing insects
  • food debris
  • lint and organic fibers from clothes, bedding and other fabric
  • tracked-in soil
  • soot
  • particulate matter from smoking and cooking
  • lead
  • arsenic
  • DDT”


Everyday dusting and vacuuming can only so much to combat the dust that recirculates though your home five to seven times every day. In fact, many vacuum cleaners suck in the dust and spit it out again, really picking up only large particles on floors, leaving the dust to resettle everywhere only to be vacuumed up again later.

However, regular cleaning of your home’s ventilation system can reduce the amount of dust in your home significantly, improving your indoor air quality and your health. It is important to choose the right duct cleaning company and a member of the NADCA is a good place to start.

NADCA logo

The cleaners should not just vacuum out the ducts, but actually go in and clean all of the components of your whole system. AirTek is a member of the NADCA and is proud that our team of professionals includes:

  • Six NADCA Certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialists (ASCS)
  • One NADCA Certified Ventilation Inspector (CVI)

We also use video inspection technology both to aid in our cleaning projects and to show our customers their system before and after the cleaning process. With AirTek, you never have to wonder whether your ducts were really dirty or whether they are clean when we are finished–you will see for yourself!

If your home needs a thorough and professional cleaning of its HVAC system anywhere in California, contact AirTek. We are confident that you will be satisfied with the results for your health, your energy bills and your peace of mind.

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group. We welcome your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!

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