During an inversion, cold air gets trapped under a layer of warm air above. All the particulates that contribute to poor air quality are also trapped. These particulates include emissions from vehicles, businesses such as auto body shops, restaurants, and office buildings, even our homes when we turn up the heat, and industry.
We can't change the weather, but we can change our behavior. To help individuals, the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) is asking Utahns to work together and take action. You don't have to change your entire lifestyle, you can take action one day at a time.
At home you can get and use a programmable thermostat to make the heating of your home more efficient. Let it cool off one or two degrees when you're not there and have it warm back up when you come home. Choose not to use your wood burning stoves at all on poor air quality days.
At work, take transit, carpool or even arrange to telecommute, if possible, on poor air quality days.
In the community, be idle free. Even when it's cold, don't start your car and let it idle in your driveway to warm up.
Additionally the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) in partnership with UCAIR is making grants available for small businesses through a new assist program. These grants, totally $1.3 million dollars through mid-2015 will be available for small businesses with fewer than 100 employees to assist them in making federally mandated air-quality adjustments and improvements to reduce emissions.
Information about applying for the small business grant can be found at: UCAIR.