May is the month to support clean air and reduce causes of pollution across the globe. Kansas City and Overland Park rank 24th in a list of 220 U.S. cities with the highest levels of ozone pollution. You can help change this by taking small steps like lowering your use of a car with “Bike to Work” or “Share a Car” days. You can also bring a clean environment into your home or business with ServiceMaster DSI’s HVAC and air duct cleaning services in Kansas City, MO.
While the allergen pollution that accumulates in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system isn’t as toxic as ozone damage, it can still pose dangerous risks to your health:
- •Around 49,266 children are affected in the Kansas City area with pediatric asthma.
- •Around 182,031 are affected with adult asthma.
- •Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) also affects 123,128 people in the area.
Polluted air can easily affect people with asthma or COPD. Continued exposure to particle contamination can shorten life spans by months or years for people with these conditions. In extreme cases, pollutants can even kill.
- •Air pollution also affects people with cardiovascular disease. In the Kansas City area, 167,116 people are currently diagnosed with heart diseases.
- •Diabetes often has a direct correlation to heart disease and is worsened by air pollution. 166,261 suffer from diabetes in the area.
Particle pollution can directly harm those with cardiovascular disease, and those with diabetes are more susceptible to heart disease. Those with diabetes have a high risk of affected health from continued exposure to air contaminants, increasing the chances of a heart attack or stroke.
Children under 18 can be affected by particle pollution for the rest of their lives. If their developing lungs are continually exposed to contaminants, they can suffer from poor lung function and be at a higher risk of contracting lung diseases. As people age, their lungs become less powerful against particle contaminants, so those over 65 can easily contract heart and lung diseases from pollution.
- •There are around 587,534 children under 18 in the area; all are at a greater risk to air pollution.
- •There are around 310,151 adults aged 65 and over, a population also at high risk of negative effects from air pollution.
You can participate in Clean Air Month by bringing clean air into your home or business. Contact us at ServiceMaster DSI for HVAC and air duct cleaning in Kansas City, MO.