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Poor Phoenix Air Quality Results in EPA Freeze of Federal Transportation Funds

Trane Air Purification Reduces Poor Air QualityFlashback to 2010 Phoenix Air Quality – Viewpoint of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

On May 25, 2010, the EPA announced an impending block on federal transportation funds unless Arizona could come up with an acceptable and reliable air quality control plan. According to the EPA, Arizona pollution levels exceeded federal standards. The agency completely rejected the concept that dust storms were the cause of Phoenix air quality problems. EPA regional administrator, Jared Blumenfeld declared the so-called “exceptional events” as an unscientific explanation for Arizona air quality complications.

The Importance of Air Purification

During 2008, Phoenix experienced eleven unacceptably high PM-10 pollution spikes. Arizona officials attributed ten of those spikes to dust storms. In 2010, the EPA declared Arizona out of compliance. PM-10 is measured as one-seventh the width of a human hair, yet the effects on human health include:

  • Breathing problems
  • Cancer
  • Lung damage
  • Respiratory failures
  • AND premature death.

 The primary at-risk groups affected by high levels of PM-10 include: children, the elderly and people with existing asthma, chronic lung disease and influenza. Yet efficient air purification works to make life better for all Phoenix residents.

 Update 2013 – A Current Look at Phoenix Air Quality

Government processes are sometimes difficult to understand. For example: According to current reports from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Phoenix air quality levels are reasonably good. Daytime highs are running around 108-degrees Fahrenheit and will reach 110 by the middle of next week. Up until Tuesday of next week, chances of storms are low but moisture levels will slightly increase. By mid-week, rain and cloud cover should hold ozone concentrations in the normally accepted “Good” range. Sounds like a good report yet the EPA has issued a freeze on Federal Transportation Funds.

In the later half of next week, sunshine will push Phoenix ozone levels back into the mid-moderate range. The Humboldt Mountain region may kick in at a mid-moderate range of 71. Meantime, Glendale residents can expect a maximum 8-hr PPB of 41 and Tempe PM-2.5 particles may run a 9.8 max 24-hour value. Throughout the Phoenix region, PM-10 particles are ranging 25 to 30.

Considering that maximum unhealthy ozone levels range between 200 and 300 on the measurement scale, a 42 in Phoenix and a 41 in Mesa seems a minor issue.

Building Arizona – Air Quality And Air Purification A Continuing Battle

According to We Build Arizona, the state’s current transportation needs between now and 2030 will result in a $162,3 billion shortage. Arizona air quality remains an issue. Areas such as Maricopa and Pinal County struggle to meet EPA requirements and may, as a result, lose an additional $1.8 billion in federal transportation funding.

In 2012, Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale ranked top of the most-polluted list for year-round particle levels. Residents in such cities face year-round particle pollution that includes:

  • Aerosols
  • Dust
  • Soot
  • AND other unhealthy breathable substances.

Spikes in particle pollution can be short-term or long-term, sometimes lasting for days. It’s a complex problem that will not go away quickly.

Helping Yourself – Trane CleanEffects™ Air Filtration

Correcting the dangers of poor Phoenix air quality is a government process that requires the help of businesses and individuals. Although you may not have the position, power or finances to initiate direct influences of major proportion, you do have the power to make small differences.

Here’s how you can help reduce the Phoenix air quality problem:

  • Practice environmentally balanced driving habits
  • Make use of public transportation
  • Avoid blowing or sweeping debris and dust into the streets
  • Plan your next vehicle around Green Choice options
  • Close and seal household chemicals, cleaners, garage and solvents
  • Buy Energy Star products
  • Upgrade your older energy-hog heating and cooling system to an energy-efficient solution
  • Work with an environmentally responsible Trane Air Conditioning Installation expert
  • Install a Trane CleanEffects™ Air Filtration system.

Meet Arizona’s best-stocked Air Conditioning Professional, American Cooling and Heating. Here to provide you with 24/7 Phoenix AC Installation, ACH handles quality Trane air filtration equipment, Trane heat pumps, Trane air handlers and Trane AC units.

The Trane CleanEffects™ is the most effective air filtration and air purification device in the world. Designed for 99.98 percent allergen removal, this system sets the standard for indoor air quality. Make your Arizona home virtually dust free. Call now to schedule your free ACH inspection and estimate. The Trane CleanEffects™ air filtration device helps your HVAC system maintain a clean and healthy indoor environment.

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Indoor Air Pollutants – The Unwanted and Sometimes Harmful Risk Factors to Arizona Living; Your Arizona Guide to In-Home High Efficiency Air Purification

American Cooling and Heating offers Arizona residents up-to-date details on current and emerging air conditioning technology, heat management and high efficiency air purification products.

Face it. Anywhere near Phoenix AZ makes for a great place to live. Yet every home endures a certain amount of unwanted, indoor air pollutants. In fact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ranks indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental health risks faced by U.S. citizens.

Indoor air pollution builds up via in-home activities such as cooking, cleaning and even indoor remodeling projects. To eliminate the associated risk factors, an Arizona homeowner should attempt to replace the polluted indoor air with clean outdoor air. However, ventilation systems are occasionally rendered inefficient due to unfavorable weather conditions or extreme accumulations of contaminants in the outdoor air.

At times, homeowners must embrace alternative air cleaning methods. The wise residents of Scottsdale AZ are known for making use of indoor air cleaning devices. They use the high efficiency models of air purification products that attach to your home furnace or air handler system. This provides a whole-house solution that works by removing or destroying air contaminants before they are recycled back into your home air supply.

When seeking a quality air cleaning system, don’t class portable room air cleaners in the same category as high efficiency air purification products.

Portable units are designed for single room service. High Efficiency Air Purification Products are designed for whole-home air cleaning. If a standard ventilation system is letting you down, equip your air conditioning unit with a high efficiency air purification product that provides a whole-house solution.

Types of High Efficiency Air Purification Products

You might think that the removal of indoor air pollution from your air-conditioning system is a single-point process. However, the air cleaning market provides several options with each designed to remove certain types of pollutants, including: 

  • Particle Removal
  • Gaseous Pollutant Removal
  • Pollutant Destruction.
  • Mechanical
  • Electronic
  • Ultraviolet (UV) Light Technology

Particle removal systems use mechanical air filters and/or electronic air cleaners. Mechanical filters capture pollution particles on air filter materials. Electronic air cleaning systems use electrostatic precipitators to charge and trap air pollution particles on an oppositely charged collector plate. Electronic ion generators force airborne particles to bond and settle faster, thus clearing the air much quicker than normal.

Gas-phase air filters use “sorbent” materials such as activated carbon to absorb the air pollutants. Gas-phase filters are typically pollutant specific. They are limited in scope and the number of gaseous pollutants that can be handled.

Ultraviolet (UV) light technology actually destroys the pollutants that can contaminate your Arizona home. Typically called ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) units, these air cleaners are capable of eliminating allergens, bacteria, molds and viruses. UVGI units are intended to supplement rather than replace your HVAC filtration system.

American Cooling and Cooling – Licensed, Bonded, Insured Arizona Resource for High Efficiency Air Purification Products

We deal with residential, commercial and industrial HVAC and refrigeration needs. Founded in 1993, we have a proven reputation for providing Arizona residents with top line air purification products, efficient installation and quality customer satisfaction. We handle: 

  • Corrosion-resistant Amana whole-house HEPA filter systems designed to remove atmospheric and household dust, bacteria, cooking smoke, insecticides, lint, mold, pollen and more.
  • Carrier Infinity Air Purifiers that trap and kill air pollutants. This award-winning high efficiency air purification product kills airborne pathogens and re-purifies indoor air throughout the whole house.
  • Rheem Air Cleaners eliminate dust, mildew, molds, pollen and viruses from within your Chandler AZ indoor air supply.
  • Trane Air cleaners known to be able to rid your Phoenix AZ home of over 99.9% of the airborne allergens that make life miserable.
  • Many Others.

American Cooling and Heating providing Arizona with 24-hour high efficiency air purification products and services in the following areas: Chandler AZ, Gilbert AZ, Glendale AZ, Mesa AZ, Peoria AZ, Phoenix AZ, Scottsdale AZ, Tempe AZ, All Other Areas.

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