Love those hot spring-summer days – but don’t much care for the poor air quality and spring allergies that come with it. Throw in a few ozone and high pollen alerts and a dose of asthma, and I’m getting pretty worried about my family’s health and the air quality of my home.
I read in Wikipedia that “there is a great deal of evidence to show that high concentrations of ozone, created by high concentrations of pollution and daylight UV rays at the Earth’s surface, can harm lung function and irritate the respiratory system. A connection has also been known to exist between increased ozone caused by thunderstorms and hospital admissions of asthma sufferers. Exposure to ozone and the pollutants that produce it has been linked to premature death, asthma, bronchitis, heart attack, and other cardiopulmonary problems. According to scientists with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), susceptible people can be adversely affected by ozone levels as low as 40 ppb.”
Whether you live in Barnhart, Hillsboro or Overland, your air quality is going to be questionable during the hotter, hazy St. Louis days of spring and summer. What to do?
First, you should know the three things that affect ozone air quality ratings:
- fine particle pollutants
You can’t control the last two, but fine particle pollutants? Very controllable with new high-performance HEPA filters, UV lights, and high-density media filters. Ricotta Heating and Air Conditioning can take a look at your commercial or home heating and cooling system and help you select an electronic air cleaner with the right type of filtering system to help purify the air you breathe. I’m partial to the electronic air cleaners from Honeywell, Emerson, White Rogers and April Air.
This year, be ready. Don’t let Ozone alerts, high pollen counts and poor air quality add stress to your family. Check out Ricotta Heating and Air Conditioning for more information about air purifiers… and breathe easier!
–Lew of the Ricotta Blog Team