Lack Of Winds Causes Air Pollution Haze In Cities

Posted August 10, 2013 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized Air pollution is a danger that can't always be seen because winds help clear it out temporarily. If there is a lack of wind one day in a big city, you will likely see a haze of air pollution. This haze is dangerous to both the environment and our health. Taking small daily action can help make the air cleaner and safer.

Consider carpooling, riding a bike, walking, or taking public transportation to work instead of your own vehicle. If that's not possible, then be sure to keep your vehicle's engine properly tuned so that it doesn't let out any harmful pollution. On days when the ozone is expected to be high, it is especially important to put fuel in your vehicle after dusk and don't use any gas-powered machines like lawn mowers or leaf blowers. Also avoid burning trash or using fireplaces on high ozone days to help protect the environment even more.

Even though you can't always see air pollution due to winds, just know that it is always there posing a threat to our health and our environment. Taking even a small step to help prevent air pollution goes a long way in keeping the air clean.   Comments Off  |  Tags:

Stay Home When The Air Quality Index Is High

Posted June 5, 2013 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized In many cities, summertime means hot temperatures and reduced air quality. People who are diagnosed with respiratory ailments should definitely remain indoors as much as possible; however, when the air quality index is extremely high, it is generally better for all people to avoid excessive exposure.

A high rating on the air quality index generally indicates that there is excessive smog in the atmosphere. Air quality is particularly bad during the afternoon rush hour, when the number of vehicles on the road peaks and the temperature is often at its highest. While staying indoors for the entire day may be unavoidable, people should attempt to limit their time outside during this time. This is especially true of people who may be extra sensitive like children, the elderly, and people who have an illness.

It may be necessary to run errands and complete outdoor chores in the early morning hours, when air quality may not be as bad, or on a day on which the air quality is lower. Joggers should also consider running on a treadmill or completing their exercise routine earlier. When the air quality index is high, the best action is to remain indoors in a cool, air conditioned environment until conditions improve.   Comments Off  |  Tags:

Warning: Air Pollution Can Cause Heart Attacks

Posted March 30, 2013 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized The human body is a surprisingly fragile vessel. Our physiology must be working within a certain variance or else everything gets out of whack. Illness and even more lethal complications can arise from a monkey wrench in the gears.
Similarly, the environment has proven to be equally fragile. Cut down one too many trees and an entire ecosystem is thrown into chaos. Pump enough toxicity into the air and water and flora and fauna alike start to wither away and die. It shouldn't surprise people then, that our fragility can be a shared experience. Issues with our environment can create issues within our own bodies.
We've already proven the link between air pollution and the boom in asthma sufferers. Now, another more devastating relationship has been determined. Researchers at Rice University determined that pollution can also cause myocardial infarctions. In layman's speak: Heart Attacks. They came to this shocking conclusion by studying instances of heart attacks in Texas between 2004 and 2011. In periods of peak pollution production, heart attack instances rose roughly 4. Other extenuating circumstances often existed in the subjects, but the link between imbalance in the environment and that in the body is clear. Just another reason why we should consider the delicate balance of the environment (and our bodies) more before acting in the future.   Comments Off  |  Tags:

Your Health Relies on Clean Air

Posted December 26, 2012 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized There are a lot of ways in which you can bolster your health and fortify your immune system. It's always advisable to keep active, eat healthy and get a checkup from the doctor at least once a year. But you've heard all that a million times before - where else can we take a proactive stance to ensure our good health? The answer is in the air around you.

Left untouched, air pollution can be a serious danger to our bodies. Serious air pollution is often thought to lead to respiratory infection, asthmatic symptoms and even lung cancer. Needless to say, those are all significant threats to our well being. So in that case, what can we do to remedy the problem of air pollution?

An easy place to start is with your recycling habits. When plastics or cardboard end up in the trash, they're sent off to landfills and destined to release harmful toxins which harm our atmosphere and pollute the air we breathe. Make sure you separate your recyclables and dispose of them in the proper manner.

Another easy step you can take is to cut back your consumption. You don't have to go wild with it - turn the lights off when you don't need them, dial back the AC and unplug your electronics when they're not in use. A lot of electricity generation spawns carbon emissions, so the less you use the better.

One final way you can make a difference is by choosing the right energy plan for your home. If you live in a deregulated area, you most likely have the capability to choose a green energy plan rather than one fueled entirely by traditional, pollutant-filled resources like coal and oil. It's easy to do - shop around and make your Electric Comparison based on a few key factors like price and contract length.   Comments Off  |  Tags:

Particle Pollution Can Aggravate Your Asthma

Posted July 6, 2012 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized If you have asthma, then you know that having anything in the air can cause a horrible reaction in your throat and lungs. Whether it's dust or pollen, you keep an inhaler in a quick draw holster just in case you can't breathe all of a sudden. However, while natural problems are bad enough, particle pollution is an asthma sufferer's worst nightmare.

Particle pollution deals with releasing microscopic particles and particulates into the air. Those particles are then inhaled, and if you suffer from asthma they could be enough to trigger a horrendous asthma attack. And if you like in a polluted area then there's no escaping the particles. They're going to be in the air, in your house, in your car, literally everywhere that you go!

The best way to avoid this situation is to be sure that it doesn't happen in the first place. Pay attention to what's going on around you, and look for sources of particle pollution. Try and stop them before they start, and make sure that your home is fortified with purifiers and filters to catch these particles before they get into your nose, mouth and lungs. It's the best way to stay safe.More info here: Air Pollution, Asthma Burden Unevenly Shared Among U.S. Children   Comments Off  |  Tags:

How To Make An Air Purifier

Posted July 3, 2012 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized Air purifiers eliminate dust, allergens and other odors in the air to create a fresher breathing environment. Although most air purifier systems are purchased, someone can make their own air purifier system as well. The first thing to do is to acquire some items to construct the air purifier. If the items are not already in possession then they will need to be purchased.
  • Plywood (varying size of Plywood depending on project size)
  • PVC pipe
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Furnace Fan (also referred to as Furnace Blower; main component of furnace)
  • Silicone caulking
  • Caulking gun
  • Duct tape
  • HEPA filter (varying size forspecific project)
  • Drill
  • Wood saw
  • Thin gauze material
  • Metal screen
Once all of the materials have been gathered, it's time to get to work. The first step involves measuring the Plywood to the appropriate size and then cutting it with a wood saw. The Plywood then needs to be assembled into a box. Afterwards, the holes for the HEPA filter and furnace blower need to be drilled. Then the HEPA filter and furnace blower may fit inside. Duct tape as well as Silicone caulking can be used when necessary to make a proper seal. Once constructed, the air purifier may be mounted into place and secured to the wall by connecting PVC pipe to the exhaust hole on the Plywood box. Once connected, thin gauze material and a metal screen may be used where the exhausted air exits to help prevent insects from entering the property.   Comments Off  |  Tags:

Five Tips To Make Your Home’s Air Cleaner

Posted June 29, 2012 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized We worry about pollution and allergens outside, but we often don't realize that the air in our home may be more harmful. Allergens and chemicals can be found in uncomfortable or dangerous levels where our families eat, sleep, and play.

Here are five tips to clean the air in your home:

1. Dust every hard surface in your home every few days to get rid of dust, mites, and allergens. Using a fabric softener sheet can help repel dust in the future.

2. Vacuum all carpets and upholstery right after dusting. It is best to use a HEPA filter.The whole story can be found at http://acam.typepad.com/blog/2012/06/allergens-lurking-in-your-home.html Another great benefit is that vacuuming gets rid of fleas.

3. While cleaning, check for mold and mildew in any part of your house that gets moisture. Mold is an allergen and can be toxic, but you can eliminate it with bleach or borax.

4. Open your windows as often as possible to let trapped chemical odors out and refresh your air. Air needs to be circulated much like water in aquariums and ponds.

5. Purchase a household air filter. They are available in units for individual rooms and in systems that filter the air in your entire house.
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Breathe Easier: Observe The Air Quality Index

Posted June 28, 2012 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized The air quality index is a tool that you can use to see just how good the air is in a given area on a given day or at a given time. Think of it like a weather report, but for air purity. Whether you have a respiratory disease like asthma, or you're just concerned about what's in the air that you're breathing, the air quality index is one of the most important places that you can check.

The air quality index will also be a tool that many people use to gauge how bad the air is in a given area over a given period of time. If you're thinking about moving to Los Angeles or Chicago for instance, wouldn't you want to check the air quality right alongside the quality of schools and the housing prices in the area? After all, breathing is one of those things that you have to do no matter where you are, and if you are constantly breathing in pollutants that can have some very adverse effects on your health. Or if you try to protect yourself from bad air, you're going to have additional costs, like air filters and purifiers to consider.   Comments Off  |  Tags:

The American Lung Association Fights For Healthy Air

Posted June 27, 2012 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized With pollution on a rise, there is no better time than now to band together and do what we can to make our air healthy. There are so many reasons that healthy air are necessary, but one of the most important is everyone's overall health. The smog and pollution that is in an abundance in many of the major US cities make people sick every year. It attributes to a rise in asthmatic problems and other major respiratory problems.

There are things that can be done to help reduce the air pollution we are faced with though. We can start by our daily commutes. If more people would ride public transportation then it would cut down on the pollution that is caused by the large number of cars driven each day. If this is not an option for everyone, then simply trying to carpool with coworkers could help as well. It seems like such a small task being asked to do, but the amount of air pollution it would cut down on it extreme.

If we do not band together and do what we can to make our air cleaner, it will continue to get worse and continue to cause problems for not only us, but future generations.   Comments Off  |  Tags: