According to an urban legend, 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 various things. So what exactly is dust comprised of and how is it hurting your indoor air quality?
There are only two places that dust can come from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the ones 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 house.
The indoor source of your dust is a number of various 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 include a pet, there is also some pet dander and fur as well.
Whenever we speak of 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 properly 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 fights 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 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 easy to schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at 256-801-4701.