What is Dust Made of and How Does It Affect Your Indoor Air Quality?

Air Quality

According to an urban legend, dust is made up of human skin. Of course in reality, it’s not correct. Although human skin is a part of dust, dust is actually multiple things. So what exactly is dust made of and how is it changing your indoor air quality?

The Source

There are only two areas that dust can come from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the people that are walking 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 home.

The indoor source of your dust is a number of different things. A small part of which is, in fact, human skin. A majority of it is fibers from your carpet, furniture or bedding, and if you include a pet, there is also some pet dander and fur as well.

Dust Mites

Whenever we bring up dust, we must also talk about dust mites. Dust mites are tiny arachnids and their primary food source is dead human skin cells and they make up a large part of dust. Dust mite droppings are the top cause of allergy and asthma symptoms according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Dust mites also thrive in humidity, so by maintaining a correctly humidified home, you’re able to cushion 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 combats 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 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 excellent 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 easy to schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at 715-504-0533.

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