According to an urban legend, dust is made up of human skin. Of course in reality, it’s not correct. Although human skin does make up some of what is dust, dust is actually various 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 ones that are tracking dust inside from the outdoors. The outdoor part of dust is made up of soil particles and pollen brought in on our shoes or through open doors and windows. This makes up about two-thirds of the dust in your home.
The indoor source of your dust is a number of assorted things. A small part of which is, in fact, human skin. Most of it is fibers from your carpet, furniture or bedding, and if you have a pet, there is also some pet dander and fur also.
Whenever we talk about dust, we must also talk about dust mites. Dust mites are tiny arachnids and their main food source is dead human skin cells and they make up a large part 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 thrive in humidity, so by maintaining a correctly humidified home, you’re able to cushion their impact.
What Can You Do?
Lennox provides a number of products that improve 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 transports fresh air into today’s tightly sealed homes. And, of course, we have many whole-home humidity control options.
Your indoor air quality is important 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 professionals are just a phone call away. We make it effortless to schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at 928-251-4327.