According to an urban legend, dust is made up of human skin. Of course in reality, it’s not true. Although human skin is a part of dust, dust is actually a variety of things. So what exactly is dust made of and how is it changing your indoor air quality?
There are only two locations 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 forms from soil particles and pollen brought in on our shoes or through open doors and windows. This contributes to about two-thirds of the dust in your house.
The indoor source of your dust is a number of assorted 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.
Whenever we talk about dust, we must also talk about dust mites. Dust mites are miniscule arachnids and their primary food source is dead human skin cells and they make up a majority 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 managing a correctly humidified home, you’re able to lower their impact.
What Can You Do?
Lennox produces 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 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 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 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 804-302-6657.