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Heat wave leaves Maryland residents gasping for clean air

Air pollution is a common problem in many cities across the country, but stifling heat can often trap smog and make it more difficult to breathe. Recently, Maryland was struck with a heat wave that left individuals gasping for air, according to the Baltimore Sun. Those with respiratory conditions were especially vulnerable to complications as a result of the lingering smog.

In an effort to reduce the effects of air pollution, environmental experts have been recommending a reduction of the use of carbon emission vehicles and appliances. Using power mowers and painting on days with high ozone levels can make it more difficult to breathe.

Individuals who suffer from allergies or respiratory conditions such as asthma can benefit from air purifiers as well. These devices are designed to remove irritating particles from the air, including pollen, dust and cigarette smoke.

Those who want to dramatically improve the air quality in their homes may want to purchase the IQAir HealthPro Plus. Its HyperHEPA filter can trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size, making it easier to breathe. The air purifier can remove irritants from up to 900 square feet.