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

According to folklore, 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 made of and how is it hurting your indoor air quality?

The Source

There are only two locations that dust can come from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the ones that are walking 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 makes up about two-thirds of the dust in your house.

The indoor source of your dust is a number of assorted things. A tiny 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 as well.

Dust Mites

Whenever we talk about dust, we must also talk about dust mites. Dust mites are little arachnids and their top food source is dead human skin cells and they make up a majority 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 thrive in humidity, so by managing a properly humidified home, you’re able to lower their impact.

What Can You Do?

Lennox produces 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 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 effortless to schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 661-437-3499.