According to an old story, 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 areas that dust can come from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the culprits that are bringing dust inside from the outdoors. The outdoor part of dust forms from soil particles and pollen tracked 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. A large amount of it is fibers from your carpet, furniture or bedding, and if you have a pet, there is also some pet dander and fur also.
Whenever we talk about dust, we must also talk about dust mites. Dust mites are little arachnids and their primary food source is dead human skin cells and they make up a large part 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 love humidity, so by upholding a successfully 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 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 important 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 related to the comfort of your home, our experts are just a phone call away. We make it effortless to schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at 704-233-7363.