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Winter Inversion

Winter Inversion

If you’ve lived in Utah during the winter, chances are you’ve heard the phrase “inversion.” An inversion is an unfortunate side effect of the cold months and the geography of the Salt Lake valley. Normally, the air near the ground is able to circulate upwards. A temperature inversion happens when the cold air is trapped near the ground by the warm air above. The danger of an inversion is the pollution caused by automobile exhaust that is also not able to circulate like normal. An inversion will often come and go at different times during the winter. Here are a few things you can to do help protect yourself from the potential health risks of an inversion.

  1. Drive Less: The combination of automobile pollution and temperature inversion is the cause for concern. It can be difficult to see the impact of one individual driving less. However, an overall decrease in driving would have a large impact on the problem. Carpool whenever possible, and avoid unnecessary trips.
  2. Avid Outdoor Aerobics: The concentrated levels of pollution during an inversion can be harmful when inhaled. Aerobics causes heavier breathing and an increased amount of pollution to be imbedded into the lungs. Do your aerobics indoors during and inversion.
  3. Change Filters: Most houses have a ventilation system, and filters for the furnace. Increased pollution means the filters will get dirtier faster. Keep an eye on them, and change them when needed.
  4. Check the Air Quality Index: A current measurement of the pollution levels can be obtained through the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.


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