Have you ever wondered what you can personally do to help reduce the poor air quality?
Its easier than you think! If we all take these simple steps to reduce poor air quality, our lungs can breathe easier.
Understanding the factors of the air quality around us is important to our health. Even though we may only think of poor air quality during an inversion, we should be aware of pollution everyday. The air is different everyday because the makeup of the air varies. There can be high ozone level days and high particle level days. We can do specific things on those particular days to reduce the poor air quality.
What You Can Do To Help Reduce Poor Air Quality
- Conserve energy – remember to turn off lights and electronics when they are not in use
- Limit driving – carpool, take public transportation, ride a bicycle or walk whenever possible
- Combine errands for fewer trips
- Be careful to not spill fuel and always tighten your gas cap securely
- Make sure to keep up on the maintenance of all engines (car, boat, etc.)
- Run your dishwasher and washing machine when they are full
- Use environmentally safe cleaning products and paint
High Ozone Level Days
- Share a ride to work or use public transportation
- Reduce trips – combine trips or walk to errands when possible
- Avoid excessive idling of your car
- Inflate tires to the recommended pressure
- Refuel your car in the evening when it’s cooler
High Particle Level Days
- Reduce the number of trips in your car
- Reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use
- Avoid burning leaves, trash, and other materials
- Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment
How Do I Know When It Is A High Ozone or High Particle Level Day?
The app uses the air quality index (AQI) to report how concerning the air pollutants are at that very moment. The index is as follows:
- Good 0-50 (highlighted green)
- Moderate 51-100 (highlighted yellow)
- Unhealthy for sensitive groups 101-150 (highlighted orange)
- Unhealthy 151-200 (highlighted red)
- Very unhealthy 201-300 (highlighted purple)
- Hazardous 301-500 (highlighted maroon)
Using those real-time ozone and particle levels, the myAir app can tell you how long you should be outdoors. Not only that, myAir personalizes that time specifically for you. The app does this by factoring in your age, gender, weight, height, fitness level, exertion level, and respiratory symptoms.
In order to enjoy more time outside, remember to use these tips to help reduce pollutants in the air.