The threats to outdoor air quality

There are several factors that contribute to America's air pollution.

     The threats to air quality are not only numerous but prevalent as well, leading to millions of hospital visits and health complications each year as the result of simply breathing. The American Lung Association (ALA) reports that almost half of all Americans live in counties where the air quality reaching dangerous levels of pollution happens regularly. Additionally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that while our automobiles, trains and planes stand as the greatest suppliers of pollutants, power plants and large factories serve as a close second. 

     "Ozone develops in the atmosphere from gases that come out of tailpipes, smokestacks and many other sources. When these gases come in contact with sunlight, they react and form ozone smog," a report from the ALA explains. 

     Smog can result in various cardiovascular difficulties. Nevertheless, no matter where the pollution is coming from, the result is the nation's 22 largest metropolitan areas routinely having poor air quality. 

     Conversely, though there are many sources of pollution and challenges to limiting its sources and spread, the Clean Air Act of 1970 has made major strides in the interest of improving air quality. A recent study conducted by the EPA has revealed that just in the year 2010, the Clean Air Act contributed to the prevention of 160,000 premature deaths, 130,000 instants of heart disease and almost 2 million asthma attacks. Furthermore, 86,000 hospital visits were also thwarted. 

     Still, environmental leaders and public health advocates are pushing for more restrictive rules to further improve air quality, saving the country lost lives and millions of dollars in cumulative healthcare costs. 

     While the disputes over outdoor air quality continues, if you're interested in improving your indoor air quality, whether with a home air purifier or office air purifiers, contact US Air Purifiers Direct 2U today!