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

June 09, 2016

According to folklore, dust is made up of human skin. Of course in reality, it’s not correct. Although human skin is a part of 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 places that dust can stem from, indoors and outdoors, and we are the ones that are tracking dust inside from the outdoors. The outdoor part of dust forms from 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 home.

The indoor source of your dust is a number of various things. A tiny 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 bring up dust, we must also talk about dust mites. Dust mites are tiny arachnids and their top food source is dead human skin cells and they make up a large part 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 prosper in humidity, so by upholding a properly humidified home, you’re able to decrease their impact.

What Can You Do?

Lennox provides 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 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 numerous whole-home humidity control options.

Your indoor air quality is crucial 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 affiliated to the comfort of your home, our specialists are just a phone call away. We make it easy to schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at 505-445-1250.