According to an urban legend, dust is made up of human skin. Of course in reality, it’s not correct. Although human skin does contribute to dust, dust is actually multiple things. So what exactly is dust made of and how is it affecting your indoor air quality?
There are only two places that dust can form from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the culprits that are tracking dust inside from the outdoors. The outdoor part of dust is made up of soil particles and pollen tracked in on our shoes or through open doors and windows. This adds up to about two-thirds of the dust in your home.
The indoor source of your dust is a number of different things. A little part of which is, in fact, human skin. A large amount of it is fibers from your carpet, furniture or bedding, and if you own a pet, there is also some pet dander and fur also.
Whenever we bring up dust, we must also talk about dust mites. Dust mites are miniscule arachnids and their top food source is dead human skin cells and they make up a large part of dust. Dust mite droppings are the most common cause of allergy and asthma symptoms according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Dust mites also prosper in humidity, so by managing a successfully humidified home, you’re able to lower their impact.
What Can You Do?
Lennox carries a number of products that advance your indoor air quality. We carry a PureAirTM air purification system which is the only single indoor air quality system that battles all three classes of contaminants. We also have whole-home ventilation systems which allows fresh air into today’s tightly sealed homes. And, of course, we have many whole-home humidity control options.
Your indoor air quality is crucial to us. We will work with you to keep your home environment as excellent as possible. If you have any questions about your air quality or anything important to the comfort of your home, our experts are just a phone call away. We make it easy to schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at 734-284-1224.