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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 composed of and how is it changing 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 tracking dust inside from the outdoors. The outdoor part of dust is made up of soil particles and pollen scuffled in on our shoes or through open doors and windows. This makes up about two-thirds of the dust in your interior.

The indoor source of your dust is a number of different things. A little 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 too.

Dust Mites

Whenever we bring up dust, we must also talk about dust mites. Dust mites are miniscule 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 love humidity, so by upholding a properly humidified home, you’re able to cushion 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 transports 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 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 professionals are just a phone call away. We make it simple to schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 626-478-2922.