January 05

Is Air Pollution Worse in the Summer or Winter? Air Quality Experts from Camfil Weigh In

Across the world, more people die from air pollution-related illnesses than in car accidents. During summer and winter months, weather patterns and other factors can cause increases in air pollutant concentration and worsened air quality. In this article, air quality experts from Camfil explain the factors that can lead to poor air quality in the summer and winter seasons.

Air Quality in the Summer

There are a variety of factors that can worsen summer air quality in certain regions, such as:

  • Dry summer weather conditions. Extended periods of time with no rain allow dirt, soil, and sand to loosen, making it easier to be picked up and spread into the air by the wind. This leads to an increase in particulate matter levels in the summer in dry areas.
  • Wildfires. The damage from wildfires varies year to year, but when high, smoke can travel thousands of miles. Wildfire smoke contains both particulate and gaseous pollutants that affect air quality thousands of miles away from the site of the fire.
  • Summertime activities. Popular summer activities such as lighting bonfires, setting of fireworks, and traveling distances by plane and car release pollutants into the air.
  • Summer thunderstorms. There is evidence suggesting that summer thunderstorms cause a unique distribution of plant spores and pollen that is known to cause asthma attacks and increased emergency department admissions.

Air Quality in the Winter

The winter season can bring about its own set of air quality issues....

Read Full Story: https://cleanair.camfil.us/2022/12/24/is-air-pollution-worse-in-the-summer-or-winter-air-quality-experts-from-camfil-weigh-in/

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