Archive for October, 2012
The Air Quality in Atlanta, Georgia
Due to the recent discovery of serious health risks, the EPA has created a scale for you to determine the air quality in the Atlanta, GA area. With October being air quality awareness month, now is the best time to learn about the air quality in your Atlanta, GA home, and the air quality in the city. The air quality index determines your overall air quality based off of ground level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and particle pollution.
Why is it important for Atlanta residents to be aware of the air quality index? Serious health risks have been associated with high levels, such as permanent loss of lung functionality. Some short term side effects have also been shortness of breath, increased probability of infections, tightness in the chest, and irritation of the lungs. This risk can increase for those who have asthma, are elderly, have preexisting lung conditions or respiratory conditions, children who are still developing their lungs, and those who spend much time outside their Atlanta, GA home.
Air Quality Index Breakdown for Atlanta Residents
So now that you know the dangers of poor air quality, you need to know how to determine your air quality by the EPA given number. The scale goes from 0 to 500, allowing for proper zones to deem each potential health risk. 0-50 indicates safe air that is breathable with no health risks. Unfortunately, starting at 51, there is potential for Atlanta residents to experience moderate health risks previously mentioned. 100-150 indicates that sensitive people may experience increased health risks. 151-200 indicates unhealthy air with everyone experiencing health risks. This scale only increases in severity with 200-300 being very unhealthy, and 300+ deeming hazardous air quality.
Without reading too deep into this, you can tell that any level above 50 indicates that you or a loved one may experience health risks. Did you know that every year, we find occurrences of levels exceeding 200? The EPA has also witnessed levels in excess of 300 right here in the United States. While air quality may vary on a day to day basis from our actions, there is no telling when levels may sky rocket, leaving Atlanta residents’ health by the wayside.
Radon Gas in Atlanta, GA
Another contaminant that was not included in the air quality index is radon gas. Each year radon gas actually kills 20,000 people by causing lung cancer. Radon gas is invisible and odorless, meaning that radon testing is the only way to know if your Atlanta home has been infected. With all these contaminants and health risks, we recommend calling us, and having a professional install an air purification system on your home. While the air quality of the entire nation, or even a city, cannot be controlled without serious government intervention, your home can be safe with reduced radon gas levels by up to 99%. Call us today to learn more about our air purification systems. Protect your Atlanta home today.
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