The city of San Antonio has recently been issued a ‘non-attainment’ designation from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Texas State authorities have prevented EPA regulations from being placed on the city, leading San Antonio to become the last metropolitan area in the United States to be put under the Non-Attainment Designation. So, what does all of this mean for your air quality?
What is a Non-Attainment Area?
First, you should know what a non-attainment area is. A non-attainment area is an area considered to have air quality worse than the National Ambient Air Quality Standards as they are defined in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1970. With the non-attainment area issued, the city will have to reduce its emissions by implementing more public transportation and by slowing down construction on highway projects.
Will This Affect My Air Quality?
Overtime, the non-attainment area designation will affect your air quality for the better. Ozone levels will go down, and children, the elderly and anyone who suffers from respiratory health issues will see improvements in their health. San Antonio should reach the non-attainment goals by 2021, which means everyone will be able to breathe a little easier. But for right now, the air quality in San Antonio is still poor.
How can I Improve my Indoor Air Quality?
Improving your indoor air quality will have amazing health benefits for you and your family. Here are some ways you can improve your air quality:
- Change your air filters once a month
- Keep your bathroom and kitchen surfaces disinfected
- Locate and fix any water leaks in your home to prevent mold and mildew.
- Ensure your air ducts are properly sealed
- Install an air purification system in your home
At Champion AC, we want you to have the best air quality possible. Call us today if you are interested in installing an air purification system in your home.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.