Pollution. It’s all around us. You may think that since you live in Canada you’re not really exposed to bad air quality. It’s true that pollution levels vary around the world and we do have it pretty good here, but there are still some dangers and some simple precautions you can take to ensure the air around you is cleaner.
We are pretty accustomed by now of seeing images of smog-covered Beijing, where most people don’t leave the house without a face mask many days every year. While this may be a very highly impactful image, Beijing is surprisingly not one of the worst places in the world when it comes to air quality. In fact, in a recent study it didn’t even make the top 20 list for worst offenders.
Air pollution is, in fact, abundant all over the world. And it’s only getting worse. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world by air quality are in India.
It is getting to such a dangerous point that many cities across the world have air that is considered unsafe for human survival. According to a 2015 study, air pollution kills more than 3 million people a year. That means that more people die from air pollution than malaria and HIV/Aids combined.
The WHO study looked at various cities around the world to find out which had the worst air quality. It says the highest listing for Canada goes to Red Deer, Alberta. Montreal, Calgary and Edmonton are on the list, along with a handful of other cities. Notably excluded – Toronto and the GTA.
While all Canadian cities fare well when compared to cities in India, it’s crucial to become mindful of the dangerous effects of air pollution and take precaution where we can. After all, it’s not much a yardstick to measure yourself against the absolute worst in the world.
By implementing energy efficient strategies around the home and maintaining your home air filtration system, we are taking care of what we do have control over.
Proper air filtration maintenance is a must if you want you and your loved ones to breathe easy.
Whether you’re looking for advice on your current air filtration system or are in the market for a new air filtration system, Appleby Systems can help you with the installation and maintenance process.
Give us a call and we can let you know how to make your air safer and cleaner.