According to folklore, dust is made up of human skin. Of course in reality, it’s not completely factual. Although human skin does make up some of what is dust, dust is actually multiple things. So what exactly is dust composed of and how is it hurting your indoor air quality?
There are only two areas that dust can form from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the culprits that are bringing dust inside from the outdoors. The outdoor part of dust consists of soil particles and pollen brought in on our shoes or through open doors and windows. This adds up to about two-thirds of the dust in your house.
The indoor source of your dust is a number of various things. A small part of which is, in fact, human skin. Most of it is fibers from your carpet, furniture or bedding, and if you have a pet, there is also some pet dander and fur also.
Whenever we speak of dust, we must also talk about dust mites. Dust mites are tiny arachnids and their main food source is dead human skin cells and they make up a large part of dust. Dust mite droppings are the most prevalent cause of allergy and asthma symptoms according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Dust mites also prosper in humidity, so by maintaining a successfully humidified home, you’re able to decrease their impact.
What Can You Do?
Lennox produces a number of products that improve your indoor air quality. We carry a PureAirTM air purification system which is the only single indoor air quality system that fights all three classes of contaminants. We also have whole-home ventilation systems which transports fresh air into today’s tightly sealed homes. And, of course, we have numerous whole-home humidity control options.
Your indoor air quality is a top priority to us. We will work with you to keep your home environment as perfect as possible. If you have any questions about your air quality or anything related to the comfort of your home, our experts are just a phone call away. We make it effortless to schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at 478-202-3076.