According to folklore, 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 a variety of things. So what exactly is dust composed of and how is it changing your indoor air quality?
There are only two areas that dust can stem from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the culprits that are tracking 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 various things. A tiny part of which is, in fact, human skin. Most of it is fibers from your carpet, furniture or bedding, and if you own a pet, there is also some pet dander and fur too.
Whenever we speak of dust, we must also talk about dust mites. Dust mites are little arachnids and their primary food source is dead human skin cells and they make up a huge percentage 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 love humidity, so by upholding a correctly humidified home, you’re able to cushion their impact.
What Can You Do?
Lennox provides a number of products that raise 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 a number of 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 comfortable as possible. If you have any questions about your air quality or anything affiliated to the comfort of your home, our specialists are just a phone call away. We make it effortless to schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at 407-477-6319.