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

According to an urban legend, dust is made up of human skin. Of course in reality, it’s not completely factual. Although human skin is a part of dust, dust is actually a variety of 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 people 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 makes up about two-thirds of the dust in your house.

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

Dust Mites

Whenever we speak of dust, we must also talk about dust mites. Dust mites are little arachnids and their main food source is dead human skin cells and they make up a huge percentage of dust. Dust mite droppings are the most prevalent 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 correctly humidified home, you’re able to cushion their impact.

What Can You Do?

Lennox carries 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 excellent 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 717-755-4127.