What is Dust Made of and How Does It Affect Your Indoor Air Quality?06/09/2016According to an urban legend, dust is made up of human skin. Of course in reality, it’s not true. Although human skin is a part of dust, dust is actually various things. So what exactly is dust comprised of and how is it changing 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 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 adds up to about two-thirds of the dust in your home. 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 speak of 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 huge percentage 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 thrive in humidity, so by managing a successfully humidified home, you’re able to lower 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 battles 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 perfect 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 effortless to schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 815-768-6656.