Did you know that Phoenix ranked 11th highest in the country for daily "short-term" particle pollution and 8th for annual particle pollution in 2022? This is concerning because poor air quality affects the body and mind.
Frequent exposure to polluted air can result in mental fatigue, poor mental clarity, and physical symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, skin, nose, eye, and mouth irritation, and inflammation.
So, will Phoenix's air quality improve, and is there anything you can do to breathe cleaner, healthier air in your Phoenix home?
We'll take a look at the answers to these questions below, as well as the following topics:
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Causes of Poor Air Quality in Phoenix
The air quality in Phoenix is rapidly declining and becoming worse. It's become so bad that the decline in air quality is noticeable to many residents.
But where is this apparent decline coming from?
Poor air quality in Phoenix is often attributed to the following:
- Growing population and car emissions. With more traffic and higher population levels comes a decline in air quality.
- Dust storms and monsoon season. The weather is also contributing to poor air quality. Phoenix sees about 1 to 3 dust storms every year.
- Lack of humidity. Low humidity levels can also worsen air quality.
You can't control what happens outdoors. The air quality in Phoenix will only continue to decline as more people move into the area. The only thing that you have control over is the air quality inside your home.
Why Indoor Air Quality Can Be Worse Than Outdoors
Indoor air quality can contain 2 to 5 times more pollutants than outside air. Poor air quality is often attributed to improper or inefficient ventilation. This could be because the filters are clogged or because you need to open a window to air out the rooms. Without circulation, dirt, dust, and other contaminants get re-circulated inside the home. Visitors and pets generate even more contaminants, which get trapped within the home.
How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Don't subject your household to poor-quality air. You can easily improve indoor air quality with just a little effort. Allergy or asthma sufferers at home may experience symptom relief with improved indoor air quality.
To see which strategies may be most effective, consider getting an indoor air quality test (IAQ). This test tells you what contaminants are present in your home, where they are located, and how severe the contamination may be. You essentially get a report of what's going on from a molecular level.
Keep Your Air Filters Clean
Expert HVAC companies recommend changing air filters once every 90 days or so. If you live on a high-traffic street or construction near your home, you might have to change the filters more frequently since there'll be much more dust in your area. The filters get clogged up more quickly. When they need to be changed or cleaned, you'll notice a layer of dirt and dust on top of the filters.
Invest in a High-MERV Air Filter
Filters act as physical barriers that get rid of contaminants in the air. The type of filter that you choose will play a role in how clean the indoor air may be. Different filters will perform differently.
Invest in a high-MERV air filter to breathe cleaner, fresher air. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, and a high MERV rating indicates that the filters are more efficient or capable of eliminating smaller-sized particles in the air. A MERV-13 filter can remove 90% of air particles in the 3 to 10-micron range and 85% of particles in the 1 to 3-micron range, while a MERV-16 filter can remove 95% of all particles that are 0l3 microns in size or larger. The most effective filters are High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. They can remove 99.7% of particles in the 0.3-micron range from the air.
To better understand how small these particles are, a strand of hair has a diameter of about 20 microns.
Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned
Dirt, dust, pollen, and other contaminants can easily settle inside the air ducts. While this is not necessary, duct cleaning services can make a difference. The cleaning can eliminate all contaminants, like dirt, dust, and pollen, and prevent them from being distributed back into the air supply.
At times, duct cleaning may be absolutely necessary. The ducts definitely need to be cleaned if you find mold or a dead rodent inside.
You don't have to subject yourself to contaminated, polluted air. Call George Brazil today!
George Brazil Heating and Cooling offers a wide selection of services and can help you improve indoor air quality. We've been in business since 1955, and we back all of our services with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We're committed to our customers, and you can confirm this by looking at our over 2,000 5-star reviews!
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