Have you ever seen a picture of Delhi or Shanghai? The air quality looks absolutely horrific! Each year, the world loses almost 7 million people from causes due to air pollution, including 600,000 children.
Unless we live in a congested city or suffer from respiratory issues, many of us take the importance of clean air for granted.
Good air is the difference between having a good life and just barely surviving. Part of the reason we have good air in the world is due to trees and how hard they work to filter air, so this is why we need a National Tree Day!
Converting Unclean Air to Clean Air
Trees filter air through photosynthesis. During this process, leaves absorb carbon dioxide with water and use the sun’s energy to change carbon dioxide into sugars to feed the tree itself.
This whole process creates and releases oxygen into the environment. In the course of one year, an acre of trees is capable of absorbing the amount of carbon dioxide as if you drove your car 26,000 miles.
The power of clean air shouldn’t be underestimated. Clean air helps reduce the risk of stroke, lung cancer, heart disease, and respiratory diseases
Never Undervalue HVAC Systems
Maybe you’re wary and think trees can’t handle the world’s pollution, so you’d rather lock yourself in your room. That can be as bad as or worse than the polluted air outside.
The problem is that indoor air can contain mold, pollen, pet dander, volatile organic compounds, and other air pollutants. Hiding from bad outdoor air quality will do no good if indoor air quality is just as bad or worse.
Homes are where we spend most of our time. The EPA has said that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air! Due to all the pollutants in the air outside, the air-tightness of many homes, and the hidden pollutants lurking in your own home, indoor air is no longer necessarily safer than outdoor air. More than ever, we need to fight to ensure our world isn’t deforested and work at improving our indoor air quality with HVAC systems.
Celebrate Good Trees, C’Mon!
It’s a celebration! All jokes aside, trees deserve some extra love and recognition for all that they do to help us survive and thrive, both on National Love a Tree Day and every other day all year long.
If you or your family don’t get to see enough trees, consider going to the Tulsa Botanic Garden to admire some trees, shrubs, and flowers. Or, pack a picnic and eat under a tree at Mohawk Park.
Whether you decide to visit some trees or water some trees, there are lots of ways to celebrate the new holiday we’ve taught you about! We want you to be safe, so we ask that you call Torch Service Company today at 918-358-6724 if you need help with your HVAC or if you need to fix a blown fuse at your home.
Thanks for reading, and happy National Love a Tree Day!