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 make up some of what is dust, dust is actually various things. So what exactly is dust composed 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 ones that are bringing dust inside from the outdoors. The outdoor part of dust consists 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 interior.
The indoor source of your dust is a number of various things. A little part of which is, in fact, human skin. A majority 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 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 prosper in humidity, so by managing a correctly 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 combats all three classes of contaminants. We also have whole-home ventilation systems which allows fresh air into today’s tightly sealed homes. And, of course, we have numerous 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 comfortable as possible. If you have any questions about your air quality or anything affiliated to the comfort of your home, our professionals are just a phone call away. We make it simple to schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at 503-663-8033.