Have you ever wondered how clean the air you breathe really is? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or EPA has created a system for rating air quality called the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI lets you know how clean and safe the air in your area really is.
Regularly monitoring the air quality in your area can help you better understand your risks for exposure to pollution. Below, we’ve put together a basic summary of the air quality for the Dallas and Fort Worth metro areas.
Dallas-Fort Worth Air Quality Report
Currently, the AQI in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area is 157, which is considered unhealthy. While ozone levels are good, fine particulate matter levels (PM2.5) are elevated. PM2.5 are tiny particles in the air that can make it more difficult for some people to breathe and can also impact visibility. This poor air quality is due to African dust that is spreading inland and raising particle levels across the state.
Remember, this air quality report is as of June 2018, and AQI changes over time. (In fact, it may have changed between the time when this was written and when you’re reading it.) While there may be particles moving across the state at this time, impacting air quality, these particles will eventually pass, making it safer to breathe freely again. Therefore, it’s important for you to routinely check air quality reports to help protect you and your family from exposure to pollutants.
What does this mean for you?
An unhealthy AQI can mean different things for different populations. According to the EPA, sensitive groups, including those who have heart or lung disease, older adults, and children are the most vulnerable. People who are a part of this population should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. It is better for those who are sensitive to spend more time indoors and cancel or postpone lengthy outdoor activities.
Those who are not considered part of a sensitive population can still experience impacts from unhealthy AQI levels. Everyone should reduce any prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. If you do have to perform activities outside, make sure that you take multiple breaks indoors. If possible, try to postpone any outdoor activities for another time.
Improving IAQ for Dallas and Fort Worth Homeowners
If you are living in the Dallas or Fort Worth metro areas, you may be concerned by air quality reports above. While it may be alarming that the air outside can be unhealthy for sensitive populations, there is good news. While you don’t have control over the air outside, you do have control of your indoor air quality.
Advent Air Conditioning Inc. provides a range of quality indoor air quality products such as air purifiers, UV lamps, and ventilators that help keep the air inside your home clean and safe to breathe. Adding these types of IAQ products to your home can help combat some of the effects of poor air quality in your area.
If you’re ready to start breathing healthy, fresh air in your home, give us a call: (469) 240-5456.