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Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 04:10 PM
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Testing Air Quality in Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids Indoor Air QualityGrand Rapids residents are celebrating air quality month by installing air purification systems to reduce the exposure to toxic gases and pollution. Air quality is a contributing factor to a lot of health risks that you may not currently be aware of. The EPA has increased its efforts to provide advocacy and information in regard air quality.

Let’s first take a look at the health risks that are associated with poor air quality in Grand Rapids, MI. Indoor air quality is the cause of an estimated 2 million premature deaths each year, and over an additional 1 million is contributed to poor outdoor air quality. Many of these deaths can be contributed to pollutants killing white blood cells in the lungs, reducing the body’s immune system, and increasing the chance for infection, disease, or death.

Types of Air Quality Pollutants

Carbon monoxide is a serious health risk in Grand Rapids, MI. Carbon monoxide forms mostly from the emissions of vehicles, but can come from other sources as well. Carbon monoxide is only a contributing factor the air quality. Another factor is sulfur dioxide which is produced from the burning of coal and oil. Particle pollution is another form of pollution that can be created from a variety of items such as vehicles, forest fires, power plants, other forms of burning materials, and several other methods. Particle pollution is pollution with particles ranging from the size of a hair particle or smaller, all the way up to 10 micrometers are formed, and inhaled.

Other forms of pollution include nitrogen dioxide. The EPA has not yet included nitrogen dioxide into its air index, but this may be included in the near future. Ground level ozone is another contributing factor to the air quality of Grand Rapids. The last factor that is kept out of the air quality index is radon gas. Part of the reason radon gas is kept out of the AQI is because it is known to be in random locations, meaning that the if it is found in your home, it may not be found in your neighbors, and vice versa.

Radon gas causes lung cancer and death in over 20,000 people each year right here in the United States. Forming from particles in the ground below your Grand Rapids home, the radon gas seeps into your home through the foundation, causing lung cancer. Needless to say, there are a number of particles and gases known to cause permanent lung damage and death. You can grab your health with both hands, taking a firm grip, with a brand new air purification system from S.W.A.T. Environmental. Our air purifications are proven methods to reduce your radon levels, and levels of other pollutions as well. Do not become a statistic of poor air quality. Call us toll free, and get a free quote on an air purification system in Grand Rapids today.