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 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 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 is made up of soil particles and pollen brought 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 tiny 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 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 thrive in humidity, so by maintaining a correctly humidified home, you’re able to cushion their impact.

What Can You Do?

Lennox produces a number of products that advance 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 allows fresh air into today’s tightly sealed homes. And, of course, we have many 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 comfortable as possible. If you have any questions about your air quality or anything related to the comfort of your home, our professionals are just a phone call away. We make it effortless to schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at 601-292-9763.

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