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Many major urban areas have problems with air quality, as a large concentration of vehicles, industries, and other human activity can create airborne pollutants detrimental to human health and safety.

Houston and surrounding communities produce about 25 percent of the nation’s gasoline and nearly a third of plastics used in various consumer products, and these activities produce a lot of air pollution.

In recent years, the city has made strides in improving its air quality by using infrared cameras to monitor releases of pollutants. The cameras discovered that barges transporting chemicals were a major source of pollution, leaking chemicals that vented into the air. Companies cooperated in reducing leaks, as it reduced their exposure to fines, penalties, and bad PR.

In the early 2000s, Houston had the ignominious distinction of having the worst air in the country. By 2009, the city had turned it around and met federal air quality standards for smog for the first time in 35 years.

While the air outside is important, so is indoor air quality. On average, we spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, so ensuring the air we breathe is clean is vital to our health and that of those we love. By ensuring your ducts are clean and your system is working properly, you can vastly improve the indoor air quality of your property.