According to an old story, dust is made up of human skin. Of course in reality, it’s not correct. Although human skin does make up some of what is dust, dust is actually various things. So what exactly is dust comprised of and how is it affecting your indoor air quality?
There are only two places that dust can come from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the people that are walking 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 different things. A tiny part of which is, in fact, human skin. Most of it is fibers from your carpet, furniture or bedding, and if you include 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 tiny 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 common 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 lower their impact.
What Can You Do?
Lennox produces 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 a number of whole-home humidity control options.
Your indoor air quality is important 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 specialists are just a phone call away. We make it easy to schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at 308-624-3485.