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 completely factual. Although human skin does make up some of what is dust, dust is actually a variety of things. So what exactly is dust made of and how is it changing your indoor air quality? The Source There are only two places that dust can form 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 brought in on our shoes or through open doors and windows. This contributes to about two-thirds of the dust in your home. The indoor source of your dust is a number of different 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 own 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 tiny 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 common cause of allergy and asthma symptoms according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Dust mites also prosper in humidity, so by maintaining a successfully humidified home, you’re able to lower their impact. What Can You Do? Lennox carries 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 allows 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 important 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 experts are just a phone call away. We make it easy to schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 281-713-8304.