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Monthly Archives: February 2011

  • How HEPA filters can defend against dangers of wood-burning stoves

    For many Americans, wood-burning stoves may seem like an anomaly, but according to HealthDay News, we may see more of this potentially health-threatening fuel source in the very near future.

    "The importance of residential wood smoke as a source of air pollution is likely to increase due to the rising costs of other fuels," Ryan Allen, who authored a study that examined the effects of HEPA filters on cardiovascular health, said in a news release from the American Thoracic Society.

    According to Allen, HEPA filters are an ideal and inexpensive line of defense against wood-burning stove pollution because of how effective they are at filtering tiny airborne particles, creating a cleaner indoor atmosphere to spend time in.

    Many professional grade air purifying systems come equipped with HEPA filters as well as other advanced filtration technologies that can dramatically improve indoor air quality by tackling more than just pollutants.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus comes with a HyperHEPA filter, the most advanced filter in its class, to effectively filter particles as small as .003 microns in size compared the .03 micron capacity of standard HEPA filters.

  • Give mold spores the boot in your home

    Given that the rainy season is approaching, it's a fitting time to educate ourselves on mold-reduction strategies to ensure we don't get stuck with unpleasant and potentially harmful contaminants inside our homes.

    According to the Fond du Lac Reporter, the kitchen and the bathroom are usually the number one culprits when it comes to harvesting mold spores, so do what you can to reduce moisture in these areas. If there's no fan or ventilation system installed in your bathroom, cracking the window or leaving the door open while you shower can help prevent the build-up of steam.

    Additionally, you should take the time to fix any leaks, clean moldy surfaces and get rid of excess houseplants. If humidity is an issue in your home, a dehumidifier can also be of great help, the news source reports.

    To tackle all of these issues at once, however, a professional grade air purifying system is best for the job.

    The AllerAir 5000 Exec is equipped with 18 pounds of activated carbon to make it a top-of-the-line defense against chemicals, gases and odors as well as a powerful HEPA filter that will remove 99.97 percent of all particulate matter.

  • Keep your Valentine's Day flowers for longer

    Most people like getting flowers, regardless of the occasion. With Valentine's Day barely behind us, however, it's safe to say that many a kitchen table is now weighted with vases of blooms.

    Having a bouquet of fresh flowers in your home is hardly objectionable - if you don't have allergies. For the not-so-lucky few, you may find that it only takes a day or two before you can no longer stand all the itching and sneezing.

    Fortunately, there are corrective measures you can take that will not only extend the life of your flowers but make them more enjoyable for the duration of their stay.

    Installing a professional grade air purifying system is invariably the most effective way to eliminate pollen as well as a full range of contaminants from the air inside your home.

    FreshAirPro's top-rated, best-trusted brands often combine two or more filtration technologies, such as activated carbon and HEPA filters, to catch particulate matter as well as gases and odors.

  • A fresh-air alternative to keeping the windows open

    As the weather finally gets warmer and we approach being able to shut off our heat for good, many of us are looking forward to opening our windows and feeling the sensation of a fresh breeze.

    However, according to the Idaho Mountain Express, this isn't always the most health-conscious move, as it may require extra energy to be expended on heat.

    "Whether heating with electricity or gas, the chemicals and toxins emitted in mining, excavation, transportation and burning of fossil fuels will remain in our air, land and waters throughout your children's lifetimes and beyond," the writer from the news outlet reports. "This is not a healthy air quality situation."

    The news source recommends equipping furnaces with high quality filters and keeping air-cleaning house plants around the home.

    Better yet, installing a professional grade air purifying system could potentially give you fresher air than what's outside and will be healthier and more economical in the long-run. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is a prime example of what advanced filtration technology can do.

  • Look out, allergy-weary: February brings onslaught of sniffles

    While most people generally look forward to warmer weather, the transition period can be especially rough. In fact, February is sure to bring sneezes and sniffles to many people across the country.

    According to some allergy experts, seasonal allergies can have more to do with the pollen released into the wind by trees than pollen contained in flower buds, and the start of the tree's budding cycle can be triggered by early rains and heat, the San Bernardino County Sun reports.

    There's little we can do to change the weather, but we can create an allergy-friendly environment within our home to help take the edge off of the season.

    Installing a professional grade air purifying system is the most effective and efficient way to create an indoor environment free of pollen and allergens. The IQAir HealthPro Plus combines four advanced filtration techniques to effectively tackle pollen, mold and pet dander in addition to a full range of indoor air contaminants.

  • Got pets? Here are ways to keep your home sniffle-free

    A cute, furry face is hard to resist, though the toll that pet allergens take on your nose isn't always a welcome part of the deal.

    Fortunately, there are fairly simple steps you can take to help reduce your sniffling and suffering. Pet dander is an allergen that is present in the air, and as such, can be prevented and eliminated from your indoor environment.

    The Ironton Tribute recommends frequent grooming - preferably outside - to keep loose hair and dander at bay, regular shampooing with a hypoallergenic product, and even the daily use of pet-safe grooming wipes to prevent the accumulation of dander and dirt.

    Besides attending to your pet, you'll also want to dust and vacuum frequently, as allergens cling to dust and thereby travel through the air.

    If you're looking for the ultimate solution, a professional grade air purifying system will not only knock out over 99 percent of pet dander in your air, but a range of other airborne contaminants as well. Look to FreshAirPro for the top-rated, most trusted brands on the market today.

  • Ozone smog pollution linked to asthma

    Those who live in major cities are probably well-aware of the risks associated with pollution, but a new study has found increasing evidence of the spread of ozone smog and its links to respiratory ailments.

    "The study found that even at low levels, ozone smog increases the risk of asthma attacks and irritation in the respiratory system. Together with air pollution it can also contribute to heart attacks and strokes," Voice of America News reports.

    According to the news source, this affects at least 20 million Americans who suffer from asthma and take precautionary measures not to breathe too many bus fumes or subject themselves to more pollution than is necessary on a day-to-day basis.

    Those who wish to minimize their exposure to pollution should invest in a professional-grade air purifying system. The advanced filtration technologies found in FreshAirPro's line of top-quality brands will provide the best line of defense against pollutants as well as a range of other airborne contaminants. Look for air purifiers with HEPA filters and activated carbon to effectively tackle particulate matter as well as harmful chemicals and gases.

  • Houseplants and other ways to clear the air

    If you've been hankering for a boost in your indoor air quality as of late, investing in some green stuff for your home can be a major step on the road to improvement.

    According to the Columbus Dispatch, researchers have confirmed that some species of houseplants can remove harmful toxins from the air and effectively improve indoor air quality using photosynthesis techniques.

    Peg McMahon, associate professor of horticulture and plant science at Ohio State University, told the news source that the addition of plants "won't hurt, and they certainly do have the capacity to clean" and that "what they do for your mood is at least as good as what they do for your respiratory system."

    In order to be effective, however, you need one or two plants for every hundred square feet, and even then, plants can't filter every airborne contaminant.

    If you really want a thoroughly well-done job, consider investing in a professional grade air purifying system. The Airgle 750 HEPA Air Purifier performed with the highest Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) among 159 other leading brands in independent laboratory tests and effectively tackles smoke, mold, dust, pollen, pet dander and a range of other airborne pollutants.

  • Spring thaw will mark the onset of mold season

    For many of the winter-weary, the beginning of the official thaw could not come soon enough. However, with the rising of temperatures comes the return of the mold season, alighting once more to the chagrin of allergy-sufferers.

    "Molds are the part of nature's recycling system that converts dead plants back to soil. With high average humidity and lots of vegetation, outdoor mold levels in South Jersey are usually high. The only time they're low is when the ground is frozen or covered with snow. If you have asthma, hay fever or chronic sinusitis and they're better during a hard freeze, you're probably allergic to molds," advises Robert E. Coifman, MD, on

    If this sounds all too familiar, you may consider investing in a professional grade air purifying system.

    The top-rated, best-selling IQAir brand carries a range of purifiers that combine various filtration techniques to deliver optimum air purity. The IQAir HealthPro Plus uses micro-particle filtration to tackle mold spores, pollen, pet dander and other allergens.

  • Giant snails measure air pollution more accurately than some instruments

    A sewage company in St. Petersburg, Russia, is teaching us all that when it comes to the quality of the air that you breathe, it pays to rely on your own senses sometimes.

    Vodokanal, a St. Petersburg water company, is using giant snails, which serve as indicators of potentially harmful pollution from a sewage incinerator on the basis that the snails can pick up air quality readings more readily than the company's instruments. It has also employed crayfish to evaluate the quality of the city's drinking water, The Australian reports.

    "Live organisms won't deceive anyone about the danger of pollution," Vodokanal director or wastewater disposal Olga Rublevskaya told the news source. "Now we are under the watch of snails and crayfish all the time."

    If your nose has ever indicated that your indoor air quality is amiss, this may be a legitimate prompt to install a professional grade air purifying system in your home. Invest in any of FreshAirPro's top-rated brands to effectively tackle dust, dust mites, mold, pollution, microorganisms, pet dander, pollen and gases.

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