According to folklore, dust is made up of human skin. Of course in reality, it’s not true. Although human skin does make up some of what is dust, dust is actually various things. So what exactly is dust made of and how is it changing your indoor air quality?
There are only two areas that dust can come from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the ones 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 contributes to about two-thirds of the dust in your house.
The indoor source of your dust is a number of assorted things. A tiny part of which is, in fact, human skin. A majority 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 bring up 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 majority of dust. Dust mite droppings are the top 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 properly humidified home, you’re able to lower their impact.
What Can You Do?
Lennox provides 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 transports fresh air into today’s tightly sealed homes. And, of course, we have a number of 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 perfect as possible. If you have any questions about your air quality or anything important to the comfort of your home, our professionals are just a phone call away. We make it easy to schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at (815)914-6197.