Understanding the Color Alert System
The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, uses a color alert system to notify citizens of air quality issues outside. For Birmingham residents, this guide helps those who live with allergies, asthma, COPD or other respiratory issues. Attention to the color alert system will help you stay healthy outside and inside when using your air conditioning.
How Ozone Affects Your Health
Many people misunderstand ozone. There is ozone in the stratosphere. This shields the earth and you from dangerous ultraviolet rays coming from the sun.
A different type of ozone at ground level is a colorless gas you breathe and is harmful to your health. Ozone is caused by power plants, vehicles, industries, solvents, and paints. Ground level ozone creates or impacts health issues, such as:
- Difficulty breathing
- Lung damage
- Increase asthma attacks
- Aggravate lung disease
- Increase the risk of death due to heart or lung disease.
Ozone affects anyone, even healthy adults. Those who live with allergies, asthma or lung disease are at a greater risk of ozone exposure. Children and teenagers are at higher risk because their lungs are still developing. They breathe in more air compared to adults.
The same goes for elderly adults, who have weaker lungs. Another group is anyone with a compromised immune system due to chronic illness or a medical regimen.
Another group of people susceptible to ozone hazards are those who work outside or live a generally active lifestyle outdoors. So in short, practically everyone.
How Your Air Conditioning Helps and Hurts
Shutting yourself indoors to escape the heat outside can do more harm than good if your air conditioning system is neglected. Clogged filters and air ducts prevent your air conditioning unit from fresh air delivery throughout your home.
Instead, indoor contaminants, such as pollen, pet dander, dirt and other debris circulate from room to room while your air conditioner operates.
The easiest way to ensure your cooling system will protect you when the color alert system is not green is to schedule air conditioning service with KS Services. We understand the hazards of ozone on Birmingham residents.
We know what steps to take to keep your indoor air quality healthy. Our NATE-certified technicians will inspect and clean your air conditioning system. This includes changing your air filter.
The air filter in your air conditioner is responsible for trapping and eliminating particulates before they seep into your indoor air. When the filter is dirty or clogged, the particulates escape and move throughout the ductwork.
This eventually compromises your indoor air and health. You can go a step further when you install an ultraviolet air cleaner in your air conditioning unit. This boosts your indoor air quality and reduces the number of particulates which escape filtration.
Your air conditioner helps control humidity in your home. It can’t remove all moisture, however, especially when the levels are high outside. A great way to help your air conditioning unit is to install a whole-home dehumidifier.
Excess moisture allows dust mites to multiply and creates a breeding ground for microbial like mildew. A dehumidifier connected to your air conditioning system helps remove moisture your air conditioner misses and allows your unit to operate more efficiently in the future.
Call KS Services for Air Quality, Air Conditioning Solutions
Pay attention to the ozone levels outside, EPA color system warnings and stay indoors when it’s hazardous to your health. Air conditioning units maintained on a regular basis help counteract harmful pollutants outside and indoors.
Call KS Services to schedule service or to learn more about air cleaners and dehumidifiers for your cooling system. Ready to upgrade or replace? We offer financing!