According to an old story, dust is made up of human skin. Of course in reality, it’s not true. Although human skin does contribute to dust, dust is actually multiple things. So what exactly is dust comprised of and how is it changing your indoor air quality?
There are only two places that dust can stem from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the people that are bringing dust inside from the outdoors. The outdoor part of dust forms from 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 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 too.
Whenever we speak of dust, we must also talk about dust mites. Dust mites are tiny 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 lower their impact.
What Can You Do?
Lennox carries 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 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 comfortable as possible. If you have any questions about your air quality or anything related 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 907-202-9798.