Let’s face it: air quality has long been compromised, and our air health care is at stake. We can blame technology for that. We can even pin the blame on modernization and man’s insatiable thirst to go forward. We can argue and point fingers all we want, but one fact remains: we should do something to improve air quality or, at the very least, take steps to prevent it from deteriorating further.
Pollution is the main villain in this air health care story, and it is what stands between us and clean air which, incidentally, is bound with good health. But how do we do our part – albeit small – in improving air quality and ultimately promoting health care?
- Why Drive When You Can Walk? If you’re travelling only a couple of blocks to the nearest convenience store, do some brisk walking or jog instead of driving in your car. Ride a bike when doing some errands around your area. If you must take a car, consider car-pooling instead, especially if you are with friends or co-workers.
- Drive Responsibly. When the car is parked or stopped for prolonged periods, turn the engine off and do not let it idle. Remember that, even when the car isn’t moving, it still emits carbon. Warm up your car by driving slowly instead of idling. You won’t get any points for pushing up to the speed limits when you don’t have to. The more spurts of speed you apply, the more gas or fuel is used up, increasing emissions.
- Fuel up wisely. Choose the quality of fuels you use. There are now many alternative fuels that are cleaner and cause lesser pollution. Check your hoses and pipes for any leaks or potential holes. Have them repaired or replaced before they could become worse and pose danger to you. When filling up your gas tank, make sure you fill it up to its exact capacity. Do not overfill. If you are thinking of buying garden tools, choose those that do not run on gasoline since they have been found to cause more pollution than car emissions.
- Conserve energy at home. As well as decreasing your energy or electricity bills, you will also be doing your part in improving the quality of the air if you lower your energy consumption. Turn off appliances or devices and unplug them when not in use. If you have a machine that is nearing the end of its useful life, check if it is still in good working condition. Perhaps it now consumes too much power and energy. During summer, turn the heating off. If you have a fireplace, turn of the central heating and use that instead. Skip the dryer and air- or sun-dry your clothes. Go for energy-saver alternatives for your lightbulbs.
- Regular Maintenance. This refers to the electrical devices in your home as well as your cars and automobiles. If you perform regular maintenance checks to ensure they remain in top operating condition, you will be able to contribute to the prevention of air pollution.
- Recycle. The less trash you throw away, the less damage you will be able to inflict on the quality of the air.
- Greenify Surroundings. Planting trees and nurturing your own garden in your backyard would go a long way in alleviating pollution since they are considered to be natural air filters.
These are only a few of the simple day-to-day things each one of us can do to improve the quality of air and, ultimately, our health.