Archive for October, 2012
Air Quality Concern in America
You may have heard before that the air quality of the United States is poor, but did you know that roughly three million people die from poor air quality? The EPA has taken action with the help of the Clean Air Act to make our breathing air much cleaner, but their efforts are futile without the help of everyone.
To break it down, there are two categories for air pollutants; indoor and outdoor. It is important to take action against both, although outdoor air pollution can only change if everyone pitches in. Indoor air quality is the reason for roughly two million of the three million deaths each year. It is important to know that an air purification can improve the air quality of your home, and dramatically reduce levels of radon gas, one of the biggest threats to indoor air quality.
Outdoor Air Quality
Outdoor air quality is being measured by the EPA nearly instantaneously. The EPA has set up measurements across the United States which measure ground level ozone, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide. This is all summed up into one number indicating the overall health risk of being exposed to these levels of pollutants in your area.
The name for this scale is the air quality index. The scale ranges from 0 to 500, with 0 being the safest level of pollutants, and 500 being extremely unsafe. Shockingly enough, anything above 50 on this scale indicates some level of risk, and this risk level only increases. Right now, there are areas in the United States that have levels in excess of fifty, meaning unsafe air for those areas, and possible long term health risks such as death.
Indoor Air Quality
A higher rate of death actually comes from indoor air quality. Indoor air quality is a major concern as one of the largest contributors to death is radon gas. The danger about radon gas is that it cannot be smelled or seen. The only way to truly detect radon gas is through multiple tests to your home, and averaging the score for the most accurate reading.
Radon gas may enter your home through the foundation, building materials, or even the water supply. Most building materials such as granite are not tested for this horrible gas. Naturally forming from radium in the soil, this gas may seep into your home without notice.
Taking action is what we all should do this month, as October is air quality awareness month. This is the month to read up on radon gas, and see what actions you may do to improve the air quality of your home. S.W.A.T. Environmental has the solution for you, offering complete radon mitigation systems built custom for your threat, and installed by an experienced, certified professional for cheaper than you may think. Stop worrying about air quality, and start doing something about it with a new radon mitigation system from S.W.A.T. Environmental.