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3 Reasons To Use Gas Heating Instead of Wood-Buring

Utah’s air quality is a common concern for most residents. According to an article published by the SLC Tribune, “A home heated with wood emits as much particulate pollution as 200 homes heated with natural gas and as many volatile organic compounds as 500 homes.” Since 2018, Utah has instated regulations and restrictions on wood-burning based on air quality. While there are great resources to keep an eye on the air quality and when wood-burning restrictions are in place, the best-case scenario is to make the switch from wood-burning to gas heating. So why make the switch?

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Winter Inversion: How It Happens

If you’ve lived in Utah, you’ve likely experienced winter inversion. The bowl our famous mountains create, combined with pollution and cold air, make a recipe for harsh polluted air that sticks around until a welcomed storm passes through. Winter inversions happen every year, but why does it happen and what can we do about it?

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The Impact of Air Quality on Health

Family and Sports Medicine physician, Dr. Liz Joy, MD, MPH, shares air quality health insights on our blog this month. She practices at Intermountain Healthcare where she is the Medical Director Community Health and Nutrition and also currently serves as Co-Chair of the Air Quality and Health Workgroup and UCAIR’s Board of Directors Chair.

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Understanding Wildfire Smoke Pollution

The wildfires may be in California, but the smoke, and its health effects, are traveling across the country. The smoke pollution seen in Utah this summer originated from intense amounts of energy produced by blazes in California (and Oregon).

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Three Ways to Reduce Idling

Idle Free Awareness Month got its start in 2006 as a campaign that was so successful that Governor Gary Herbert made it a yearly focus for the entire month of September. We are now in our 13th year.

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3 Ways to ShowUCAIR about Kids and Utah’s air.

Going back to school is a hot topic this year, and it feels like everyone could use a moment to breathe. Especially our kids. When they do take a breath, we want to make sure that they are breathing healthy, clean air. As routines start to form for this new school year, here are three ways to #ShowUCAIR and keep the air around schools a little cleaner.

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The Summer Pollution Predator: Ground Level Ozone

We often see clear skies in Utah during the summer months, but there is still a pollution predator affecting our air quality that may not be as well known. Just like a real villain, ground ozone is sneaky. It strikes even when the weather is good.

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ShowUCAIR Gas Can Exchange

UCAIR has partnered with Boeing, Union Pacific and the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation to launch the ShowUCAIR Gas Can Exchange program. The

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