Why Indoor Air Quality Is Becoming So Much More Important To Coachella Valley Homeowners
If you feel like air quality is getting worse, you are not alone. In fact, one study by National Public Radio says that 1 in 7 Americans had at least one day of unhealthy air quality or more. This number is up 9 million people from 2019.
Also in 2019, the Lung Association released the findings of a three-year study they completed on air quality in Southern California. It determined that where we live in the Coachella Valley there is unhealthy air quality for about five months of every year. The study did note that the area saw worse air quality during the drought because rain removes particles from the air, but confirmed what we in the Palm Desert Area already know, it’s hard to breathe for almost half of the year.
The NPR study focused on unhealthy, inhalable particles that can lodge deep in a person’s lungs and cause serious health problems. These particles come directly from wildfire smoke.
What’s Making Our Air So Bad?
While climate may play the most major role in our area’s diminished air quality, it’s becoming exceedingly evident that wildfires – of which there are more now that the warm climate lengthens fire season – play a large role in outdoor air quality. The state of California has passed significant legislation to combat pollution and improve air quality but our desert climate actually contributes to pollution by creating smog and ozone.
This is a serious problem for Coachella Valley residents, as the effects of breathing bad air are well-proven.
Exposure to poor air quality can cause breathing problems like asthma, allergies and chronic bronchitis, but with extended exposure, you could also develop COPD or lung cancer. Breathing particle pollution has even been shown to double your risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
What Can You Do To Protect Your Family?
As the old saying goes, the best defense is a good offense. Protect your home from the damaging effects of Southern California’s air pollution by employing a solid indoor air quality system in your home.
Hyde’s offers several options to keep your home’s air clean and safe, including air filters and cleaners, UV lights and air exchangers.
Air Cleaners: An air cleaner filters the air your HVAC unit produces, removing particle pollution from the air before it enters your home. If you ever feel like the air in your home is thick or hazy, an air cleaner will be a good solution for your needs.
UV Lights: If you’re worried about germs, viruses, mold or microbial growth in your home, have an HVAC UV light system installed in your ductwork. The lights use ultraviolet radiation to destroy the DNA in sickness-spreading germs, making your air cleaner and healthier to breathe.
Air Exchangers: Typically installed in your attic, an air exchanger is an advanced ventilation solution that literally removes impure air from your home and replaces it with clean, healthy air. If you’re living in a particularly polluted area, an air exchanger could be just the solution for your indoor air quality needs.
If you’re worried about your indoor air quality, you can choose to use one or all of these solutions to give your home and your family the healthiest environment possible. Hyde’s will be happy to come to your home and perform an air quality test to let you know where you stand and what solutions will be best for your family’s needs.
Call us at (760) 360-2202 to protect your family from Southern California’s poor air quality today!