According to an urban legend, dust is made up of human skin. Of course in reality, it’s not correct. Although human skin does contribute to dust, dust is actually various things. So what exactly is dust made of and how is it affecting your indoor air quality?
There are only two locations that dust can form from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the people that are walking dust inside from the outdoors. The outdoor part of dust forms from 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 home.
The indoor source of your dust is a number of various 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 bring up dust, we must also talk about dust mites. Dust mites are little arachnids and their main food source is dead human skin cells and they make up a majority 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 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 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 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 715-352-4052.