There’s nothing like opening your windows on a fresh spring day and letting Mother Nature air in. You enjoy the outdoor smell, and prefer to air out your home on a regular basis. Sounds idyllic, right? Think again.
Did you know that 2011 was a bad year for air quality in Arizona? It was so bad that all major cities in this great state were reported to have violated accepted ozone standards. In particular, Phoenix violated this standard on 32 days, the most anywhere in Arizona.
And that’s the air that you let into your home when you open those windows, air that you and your family breathe. What are some of the reasons for this bad air quality? Some of it can be attributed it to wildfires, drought, and the searing summer heat. Urban areas tend to be affected more than rural areas because trucks and cars also play a contributing factor.
People are affected by poor air quality whether they are inside or out.
For example, young children, the elderly, those with compromised respiratory systems, or even those who work or exercise outside are particularly susceptible, which can lead to or exacerbate asthma, chest pain, bronchitis, and reduced lung capabilities.
Arizona has spent considerable effort in improving air quality by tightening the standard of vehicle emissions and providing incentives to companies to switch to cleaner burning trucks, as one example.
As an individual, what can you do about this?
Thinking “outside the box”, limit your time spent outdoors, particularly during main rush hours, when the temperatures are at their daily peak, and when destructive weather events, such as wildfires, are occurring.
You also have to think “inside” the box – your home, that is. It’s where you spend a great deal of your time, therefore, it makes a lot of sense to make sure that that air is the best quality you can get. So how do you do that?
First, you can limit the exchange of outdoor air into your home by having home ventilation systems installed. The air in your home is constantly being cycled to remove many airborne pollutants that affect your family’s health. Home ventilation systems can also be fitted with advanced filtration technology which helps eliminate dust, allergens, and pollen. Quality home ventilation systems are designed to reduce the amount of noise generated during operation as well, ensuring tranquility and health all in one system. Finally, you can find home ventilation systems that provide additional ventilation required for the hot Arizona summer months, thereby keeping the air not just fresher to breathe, but more comfortable for sleeping.
To keep your family safe and healthy, even from invisible intruders, consider home ventilation systems. Fresher, healthier air means peace of mind at any time. Please call Cooper Climate Control, your heating & cooling specialist if you have any further questions about ventilation.