The average person takes about of 24,000 breaths every day. This amounts to about 2 gallons of air taken into your body every minute, and almost 3,000 gallons every day. While most of us understand the air we breathe contains oxygen and nitrogen along pollutants from the environment, you might be shocked to find out what else is in the air you breathe.
The fact is people shed more skin than just about any other animal. About 80% of what you see floating in a ray of sunshine entering your home is dead human skin, and we can only see about 10% of the airborne pollutants. The rest are too small to see, but not too small to inhale.
Inside your home, about 40 pounds of dust is generated per 1,500 square feet per year.
Insects and Other Bugs
Insects and bugs leave feces throughout the home, which ultimately end up in the air we breathe. In a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, more than half the homes tested in the study had high numbers of cockroaches.
Food, whether inside the refrigerator or on the counter, serves as a breeding ground for bacteria and mold spores, which end up floating in the air we breathe.
Pillows and Blankets
Next time you crawl into bed, think about this, dust mites comprise over 50% of the weight of the average pillow.
So is all of this stuff in the air we breathe really that harmful? Actually no. The low levels of bacteria and other microbes in your air may help to boost your immune system, according to Eoin Brodie, a microbiologist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.
Of course, it’s impossible to remove every particle from your air, and, as Eoin Brodie mentioned, you wouldn’t want to. It is best to simply use your common sense in regards to the toxins (pesticides, cleaning products, etc.) you release into your home, and dusting your home regularly to keep it clean, will go a long way toward keeping your and your family’s indoor air safe and sound.