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Fried Dust

By HHI Staff

Fried dust is a popular term for airborne debris which burns when it comes into contact with very hot surfaces, specifically those of household heating systems. Also known as carbonized dust, the burnt material releases a tiny amount of combustion by-products.

 

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While household dust is composed of a wide variety of compounds, certain types of dust will release more harmful by-products when burned.

As carpet ages and becomes worn, fibers can break off and become airborne. Synthetic carpet dust can be picked up by circulating air and find its way into a heating system, where it can burn on hot surfaces inside the furnace. This results in small amounts of various toxic gases being released as combustion by-products.

Although fried dust is not a significant pollution source, it can trigger symptoms for those with hypersensitivities to chemicals and airborne contaminants.

Fried-dust problems can be minimized by effective air filtering and/or maintaining heating system surfaces at temperatures below 250°F.

 

(This article is from the archives of the original Healthy House Institute, and the information was believed accurate at the time of writing.)
 
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Fried Dust:  Created on April 1st, 2010.  Last Modified on February 28th, 2011

 

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