What is Dust Made of and How Does It Affect Your Indoor Air Quality?

Air Quality

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 multiple things. So what exactly is dust composed of and how is it affecting your indoor air quality?

The Source

There are only two locations 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 forms from soil particles and pollen brought 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 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 have a pet, there is also some pet dander and fur also.

Dust Mites

Whenever we talk about 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 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 love humidity, so by maintaining a properly humidified home, you’re able to cushion 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 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 related to the comfort of your home, our experts are just a phone call away. We make it simple to schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at 715-301-0256.

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