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

According to an old story, dust is made up of human skin. Of course in reality, it’s not true. Although human skin does make up some of what is dust, dust is actually various things. So what exactly is dust made of and how is it affecting your indoor air quality?

The Source

There are only two locations that dust can form from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the people that are bringing dust inside from the outdoors. The outdoor part of dust consists of 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 interior.

The indoor source of your dust is a number of assorted things. A small part of which is, in fact, human skin. Most of it is fibers from your carpet, furniture or bedding, and if you own a pet, there is also some pet dander and fur as well.

Dust Mites

Whenever we speak of 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 huge percentage 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 maintaining a properly humidified home, you’re able to decrease 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 numerous 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 experts are just a phone call away. We make it simple to schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 785-357-6200.