The oppressive heat wave cascading across the United States has impacted everything from agriculture to community pools. While these sectors are important, understanding how high temperatures are affecting air quality is also vital.
Many counties across the nation are warning residents of poor air quality as a result of high ozone levels. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, high ozone levels can cause respiratory issues such as coughing, throat irritation, pain, burning, chest discomfort when breathing, shortness of breath and wheezing.
"[Ozone] hurts not just people and their lungs but it can damage buildings and plants, just about anything it comes into contact with for a long period of time," Environmental Health and Lab Manager Jim Steinhoff told WXOW News 19.
Homeowners concerned about the impact of high ozone can invest in a home air purifier. Medical-grade units such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier improves indoor air quality by removing fine particulate matter and pollutants that remain close to the ground when heat levels are high.