Summer’s Poor Air Quality
Florida’s summer air doesn’t just become extremely hot; it becomes unhealthy, too. Air quality advisories are often announced on hot and humid days, making you wonder if you should venture from your air conditioned home or just stay inside where it’s safe.
It’s important understand why hot summer days cause such poor air quality, and how you can protect yourself from such dangers in the future.
Why Are Hot Weather and Poor Air Quality Connected?
The dangerous combination of sunlight, high temperatures, and stagnant air combine to produce ozone. High levels of ozone reduce lung function, trigger inflammation of the airways, and irritate your respiratory system.
The effects of ozone can be even worse for those with asthma because their airways are already sensitive. Many people with asthma experience difficulty breathing as soon as they step outside on hot days. The effects linger over the next few days, not just while the sun is shining. If you suffer from asthma or other respiratory conditions, use the following tips to protect yourself from summer’s poor air quality.
Pay Attention to Air Quality Index
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency uses the Air Quality Index (AQI) to rate how clean or polluted the air is in your local area, from 0 to 300. The rating considers different types of air pollution like particulates, ozone, and sulfur dioxide. Ratings closer to 0 are green or “good”, while ratings between 100 and 300 are very unhealthy and marked by orange, red, or purple.
It is best to limit outdoor activities on days the AQI is forecast to past 100. Try to run errands, exercise, and do yard work early in the morning or later in the evening since ozone levels peak in the afternoon. This will help you avoid asthma reactions and protect your airways.
Purify Your Indoor Air
The polluted outdoor air may also impact your indoor air. In fact, the EPA estimates that indoor air is actually two to five times dirtier than outdoor air, which is a frightening statistic. Purchase a high-quality air purifier to trap indoor allergens that are known to cause bronchial asthma, sinus problems, and allergies. HEPA Antimicrobial filter systems are proven to remove 99.97% of common pollutants.
For more help dealing with your summer asthma and allergies, call (813) 670-7062 to make an appointment at Kratz Allergy in Odessa or Port Richey, Florida. Dr. Kratz can explain your treatment options and help you stay safe and healthy this summer and all year long.