For many years now, we have understood the importance of the quality of the air we breathe. Now, more than ever, we need to be conscious of something which is so integral to our living and ensure we are doing all we can to conserve our environment and protect ourselves from harm.
Firstly, what does air quality denote? Air quality is closely linked to pollution, and is defined as the effect on air by the introduction of other elements. In modern times this is usually manmade sources that effect our environment, but it can also be natural. And it is not just outdoors that is effected; indoor air quality (IAQ) and urban air quality have been noted in the past as two of planet Earths most toxic pollution problems. This is why it is integral to have a sufficient and effective air circulation system to ensure your or your families health is never compromised.
So how does the state of Florida stand up when we look at air quality? Thankfully most of the year round Florida enjoys a high standard of air; in fact the South East of the country has on average some of the cleanest in the whole of America. Of course, certain unavoidable acts of nature and the changing way in which we live has an effect on the planet as a whole, and unfortunately Florida is no exception to this.
In the South of the state, smogs are known to form when pollution from power plants, cars etc. react with sunlight. This tends to happen between the cooler weather of the winter and the humid summer thunderstorms, which assist in making the perfect conditions for this type of weather, which is detrimental to the young, elderly and those with respiratory illnesses. Thankfully this happens only a few times during the year. Other aspects like wildfires, which are a common occurrence during the hotter parts of the year, can stagnate in the air. Then there is African dust from the Sahara which can sometimes find its way over, adding to the count of airborne particles significantly.
Thankfully, all is certainly not lost. The air quality in this state has improved drastically since the late 1990s, with dangerous emissions being reduced thanks to federal laws. Cars now run cleaner, and the air currents which surround Florida help to keep the peninsula clear.
Just to be safe, you should always have an air condition system that helps to circulate and cool down the air, whilst removing and filtering pollutants from the air – especially during more at risk times of the year. For further guidance on how to make sure you’re always breathing in what you should be, contact Florida Heating and Cooling Services.