According to an urban legend, dust is made up of human skin. Of course in reality, it’s not completely factual. Although human skin does contribute to dust, dust is actually a variety of things. So what exactly is dust made of and how is it hurting your indoor air quality?
There are only two locations that dust can stem from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the culprits that are walking dust inside from the outdoors. The outdoor part of dust forms from soil particles and pollen scuffled 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 different things. A little part of which is, in fact, human skin. Most of it is fibers from your carpet, furniture or bedding, and if you own a pet, there is also some pet dander and fur also.
Whenever we speak of dust, we must also talk about dust mites. Dust mites are miniscule arachnids and their main 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 thrive in humidity, so by maintaining a successfully humidified home, you’re able to lower their impact.
What Can You Do?
Lennox carries 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 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 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 important 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 937-558-9478.