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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 completely factual. Although human skin does contribute to dust, dust is actually multiple things. So what exactly is dust comprised of and how is it hurting your indoor air quality?

The Source

There are only two areas that dust can form from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the culprits that are walking 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 adds up to about two-thirds of the dust in your home.

The indoor source of your dust is a number of different things. A small part of which is, in fact, human skin. A large amount 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.

Dust Mites

Whenever we speak of 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 thrive in humidity, so by maintaining a successfully humidified home, you’re able to decrease their impact.

What Can You Do?

Lennox provides a number of products that improve 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 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 affiliated to the comfort of your home, our experts are just a phone call away. We make it effortless to schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 313-537-8111.