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

Air Quality

According to folklore, 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 changing your indoor air quality?

The Source

There are only two locations that dust can stem from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the culprits that are bringing dust inside from the outdoors. The outdoor part of dust is made up of soil particles and pollen brought in on our shoes or through open doors and windows. This contributes to about two-thirds of the dust in your house.

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

Dust Mites

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 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 love humidity, so by managing a successfully humidified home, you’re able to decrease their impact.

What Can You Do?

Lennox provides 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 fights 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 a top priority to us. We will work with you to keep your home environment as excellent 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 972-938-0033.

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