According to an urban legend, dust is made up of human skin. Of course in reality, it’s not completely factual. 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 hurting your indoor air quality?
There are only two areas that dust can come from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the people that are tracking dust inside from the outdoors. The outdoor part of dust consists of soil particles and pollen tracked in on our shoes or through open doors and windows. This contributes to 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. 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 tiny 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 properly humidified home, you’re able to cushion their impact.
What Can You Do?
Lennox produces 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 fights 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 numerous 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 important 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 715-301-0727.