Summer heat feels inescapable. Unfortunately, the environment also suffers from the grueling sun. During summer months, the sun beats down at higher temperatures and for longer periods of time. This “cooks” everyday emissions from our cars and factories, forming ground-level ozone.
This layer of toxic fumes negatively affects our health. Ozone is an irritant to our lungs. Children, the elderly, those with a history of respiratory disease or have a weakened immune system, and those who work or exercise outdoors are most at risk. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urban areas are the most susceptible because of all the pollution being emitted from cars, trucks and buses.
Equally as important, the fumes are contributing to ozone depletion. Depletion of the ozone layer means more UV rays reach the earth. The effects can be seen in terms of reduced growth, photosynthesis and flowering of our agriculture, forestry and green ecosystems. It decreases plankton in marine life causing a huge disruption of fresh and saltwater food chains and could lead to a species shift. Lastly, animals are threatened with an increased risk of cancer.
While the heat cannot be controlled, there are ways to minimize the damage to the environment. Installing a geothermal heating and cooling system in your home is a great way to leave a smaller, greener footprint. With reduced electrical consumption as compared to other heating and cooling systems, the use of geothermal systems result in fewer emissions from power plants. Fewer fumes in the air should help reduce ground-level ozone.
As far as your family is concerned, the same geothermal system will improve your indoor air quality, comfort and monthly bill. Keep the environment and your home nice and safe with EarthLinked’s home heating and cooling geothermal systems.