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 a variety of things. So what exactly is dust comprised of and how is it changing your indoor air quality?
There are only two places that dust can stem from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the culprits that are bringing dust inside from the outdoors. The outdoor part of dust is made up of soil particles and pollen scuffled in on our shoes or through open doors and windows. This adds up 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. 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 as well.
Whenever we talk about dust, we must also talk about dust mites. Dust mites are little arachnids and their top food source is dead human skin cells and they make up a huge percentage of dust. Dust mite droppings are the most common cause of allergy and asthma symptoms according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Dust mites also thrive in humidity, so by upholding a correctly humidified home, you’re able to decrease their impact.
What Can You Do?
Lennox provides a number of products that advance 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 brings fresh air into today’s tightly sealed homes. And, of course, we have numerous whole-home humidity control options.
Your indoor air quality is important 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 important to the comfort of your home, our specialists are just a phone call away. We make it simple to schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at 1-866-781-0111.