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Summer is here, which means the mowing season is in full swing across the entire country. But for contractors in at least 35 states, summer also brings more Ozone Action Days. These can potentially park gasoline mowers for the duration of an alert. Fortunately, contractors can avoid downtime by operating a propane mower fleet.
Ozone Action Days are declared when hot, sunny weather conditions react with pollution emissions to form high levels of ozone near the ground, which can cause asthma-like symptoms. At these times, municipalities may reduce air pollution by enacting city-wide restrictions on gasoline- or diesel-powered equipment until conditions change.
The good news is that propane equipment is exempt from these restrictions in most areas. Propane mowers emit 15 percent fewer greenhouse gases than gasoline mowers, and 40 percent less carbon dioxide, putting them well within EPA and CARB emissions requirements. This allows operators to keep moving and keeps customers happy with their lawn care services.
Learn more about propane mowers for municipalities, where Ozone Action Days effect mowing operation most often.