Archive for October, 2012
Air Quality for Kalamazoo Citizens
We all know about poor air quality, but do you know about all of the common health risks, and possibility of death associated with it? Every single year, approximately 2 million people die from poor indoor air quality. Over one million additionally perish because of bad outdoor air quality. With modern technology, and the help of S.W.A.T. Environmental, many of these deaths can be avoided, but it is important to contact us to get the ball rolling.
Air quality can be rated on a scale of 0 to 500 created by the EPA. This air quality scale is referred to as the air quality index or AQI. This scale allows us to instantaneously view the air quality of Kalamazoo, MI. Any rating between 0-50 is known to be a safe level. 50-100 indicates that some people may experience health risks. 100-150 indicates that a larger group of individuals will experience health risks. 150-200 is deemed as unhealthy, and 200-300 is deemed as very unhealthy. Anything above 300 is considered hazardous, and indicates everyone will experience health risks.
Analyzing the Air Quality Scale
Know that you know how to read the AQI, or air quality index, it is important to know what it consists of. Carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, ground level ozone, and particle pollution are the four factors which create this scale. Nitrogen dioxide has not been included on this scale, but it may be in the near future. Radon gas is not included either, as radon gas can vary in each Kalamazoo home.
The majority of these pollutants come from a combination of forest fires, vehicle pollution, residential burning, the burning of oil or coal, power plants, and several other methods. Shockingly enough, several times a year the AQI indicates levels in excess of 200. Without proper precaution, this means that Kalamazoo residents could be experience great health risks.
On top of the worries of the AQI, do not forget about radon gas. Radon forms from the break down Uranium in your soil. As uranium breaks down, it forms radon gas which can seep into your home through your foundation. It is important to point out that radon gas, and most of the pollutants we are talking about, are odorless, colorless, and essentially undetectable without proper equipment. This means you may not be aware of the serious health risks at hand. Radon gas has been proven to cause lung cancer, just adding to the potential health risks.
When you contact a professional at S.W.A.T. Environmental, we gladly provide you with any information you need. We are experts at installing air purification systems, meaning that we can reduce the levels of toxic gas and chemicals in your home. We have proven to show reduction of radon levels up to 99%. We always offer a free quote so you have nothing to lose. Give us a call today, and put Kalamazoo air quality problems to the side.
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