Certain parts of London in the UK have already broken the EU’s annual pollution limits; just one week into the new year.
Putney High Street in West London is one of the places which has broken limits for nitrodgen dioxide, which is a harmful pollutant emitted by diesel vehicles, which has been found to contribute to respiratory issues.
Under European rules for air quality, there is an hourly limit of 200 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic meter of breatheable air, and sites are not allowed to exceed that limit on more than 18 occasions in one year. By Friday the 8th of January, Putney High Street had exceeded that limit for the 19th time. It is expected that this weekend will see Kensington and Chelsea break the limit before the 11th January. Experts believe that Oxford Street will have also already breached the limit, but cannot confirm this, because the station that monitors the air has malfunctioned. Continue reading “Air Quality Warnings Around the World”
Most people spend a great deal of their time indoors, especially during the fall and winter months of the year. When your home is sealed against outside air, it makes way for more pollutants and allergens that peak during these times. There are certain steps you can take in order to improve the indoor air quality of your home:
*Dust often during the colder months of the year. Don’t just use a feather duster, but a damp cloth to wipe down those dust-prone surfaces. It may seem tempting to forget about those hard-to-reach places, but they often contribute to the air quality problem the most.
*If you have pets indoors, bathe and groom them regularly. Pets can shed a lot of fur and dander, so you need to ensure that your home isn’t going to be overrun by allergens.
*Get your air ducts cleaned. One local company (http://www.mplsductcleaning.com) reports that customers often call back to say how much better they breathe at night and that their allergy symptoms are greatly reduced.
*Try to open your windows to let cool fresh air circulate. Even if it’s cold outside, a few short minutes can make a difference. If not an option, try turning on a fan to help circulate the air.
*Purchase an air purifier for your home that can help freshen indoor air. There are a number of models and sizes that you can choose from to fit your needs. Make sure the purifier you select is appropriate for the size of your room and the amount of purification it provides.
The quality of the air that you breathe each day can have a major impact on your health, but there are things that you can do to ensure that these effects are reduced. If you did not know how important it is to take action you should read the information that follows. Your health, as well as those you care about can be affected, and below you will learn about the impact it can have.
If someone is subjected to poor air quality on a regular basis they may develop allergies to what is in the air. This could be mold, dander, mildew as well as other pollutants. Allergies are not only irritating, but they can lead to one being more susceptible to illnesses and even chronic lung diseases. Reducing allergens in one’s home is the best way to prevent allergies from developing, especially when it comes to young children. Perhaps the easiest way of doing this is getting your air ducts cleaned.
The air we breathe rarely crosses our mind – unless we’re smelling a bad odor. If someone’s frying an egg a little too long in the kitchen, the whole house smell and the smoke detector goes off. Fortunately, the fumes from a fiasco like this can’t really hurt us. It’s the odors that go undetected by the human nose that may cause harm to you and your family. That’s why many choose to have air quality testing done in their home.
Can We Smell Mold?
Some mold problems do a bring an odor with them. Unfortunately, the mold only begins to produce an odor when it’s already at dangerous levels. To prevent all the negative health impacts this dangerous substance can bring with it, it has to be treated before it reaches this concentration. Any air quality testing company can conduct a test to make sure your home’s clear of it.
Air quality is something that you should pay a lot of attention to if you suffer from asthma. While some people who suffer from asthma have exercise induced asthma, there are many others for whom asthma attacks are triggered by allergies – and air quality is something that is important to them.
Air quality ratings can include everything from pollen counts – which are important for people who suffer from hayfever, to pollution information – which can be important if you are an asthmatic.
Yesterday I was writing an article about indoor air quality, which is something you yourself can easily help control. Outdoor air quality, however, is something that requires everyone working as a team. While this is true, many people use this as an excuse not to feel responsible for their part in the play so to speak. It’s not that the world would be perfect if we focused our efforts toward facilitating cleaner air, but the air quality would continue to improve.
What can you do to help make the air quality outdoors better? If you live out in a rural area, one thing you don’t want to do is to burn your trash. There are other ways to dispose of trash, and while burning it may keep it out of the landfill, it’s not going to help with outdoor air quality.
When you do stop for gas? While sometimes it can’t be helped, stopping for gas shouldn’t be done in the heat of the afternoon if possible. You’ll also get more gas for your money if you adhere to this rule. You don’t want those gas fumes in the air; instead, you want Continue reading “The Air Quality Around You Truly Matters”