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  • Fall activities can lead to continued allergy symptoms

    Unfortunately, just because autumn is underway doesn't mean there's an end in sight to allergy season - yet. Lingering weeds and mold may cause symptoms to flare up while doing last-minute yard work or participating in fall recreational activities like apple picking.

    "As we get into October, the weed count is dropping, but it may bounce up and down, depending on the weather patterns for a while longer," allergist Dr. Stephen Pollard recently told the Chicago Sun Times. "The other major problem we have typically in the fall is with mold...because the leaves come down and compost...[and therefore] the mold will continue on for several weeks yet."

    What's worse is that the first frost - and with it, the end of allergy season - is expected late this season. To eliminate allergens from your home, consider purchasing a professional-grade air purifier like those we sell at FreshAirPro. The HealthPro Plus by IQAir is one of the best air purifiers on the market. While most purifiers can only remove particles larger than .3 microns in size, the IQAir HealthPro Plus features a HyperHEPA filtration system, which can effectively filter particles as small as .003 microns in size.

  • Indoor air quality affects school children's performance

    Poor indoor air quality has been linked to a drop in performance for both students and teachers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Air containing high levels of pollutants and other hazardous particles can affect the comfort and health of those who are continuously exposed to it, which results in poor concentration, lower attendance ratings and lower than average academic performance.

    Because of this, the EPA recommends that schools habitually test their air quality to ensure that students and teachers are kept safe from these toxins. The practice has become part of a larger movement to help schools "go green," or to create a healthy and environmentally friendly learning atmosphere. Schools that take up these initiatives are called "green schools," and many have reported improvements in performance as a result of these practices.

    "Our community has been very responsive to the green schools. They see the long-term value in investing in these long-term facilities and systems. Not to mention the improved learning environment," Jessica Bollen, communications director for the Bryant School District in Arkansas, told Green Right Now. "You can just tell it’s a great environment and the kids just thrive in it."

    In order to ensure that your community's children and teachers are able to perform up to par, make sure that they're taking steps to improve indoor air quality with the help of medical-grade air purifiers.

  • Non-profits band together to fight air pollution

    After recent reports regarding the decline of air quality across the world, several non-profit organizations have banded together to help reduce air pollution, reports the Huffington Post. While most of the efforts are centered around developing nations, where the problem is most visible, other efforts include educating individuals all over the world about the health hazards of air pollution and how these risks can be reduced.

    Indoor air pollution is among the top health hazards in the developing world, but it is still a concern in countries such as the United States. While much of the indoor pollution is caused by open-fire cookstoves in developing nations, many households in the U.S. and other countries still use wood fires as one of their main sources of heat in the wintertime, which can produce similar results, especially in older houses, where the ventillation systems might be outdated.

    "This is a large issue, and it remains mostly under the radar," said Neil Bellefeuille, a member of Nakamura's CGI panel, whose company sells clean cook stoves. "It's literally like having a campfire in the living room."

    If your home is vulnerable to the effects of indoor air pollution from wood stoves, traffic emissions or other sources, be proactive about protecting your family's health. Investing in a home air purifier is one of the best ways to ensure that the air within your home is clean and free from serious risk.

  • Indoor air pollution from cooking equipment a big health risk

    The United Nations (UN) has estimated that approximately 1.7 million premature deaths occur each year as the result of indoor air pollution caused by inefficient cookstoves, reports The New York Times. These emissions are also the leading cause of death in children under 5 years old.

    Most of the deaths occur in developing nations, where people still rely on primitive stoves and even open-wood fires for the majority of their cooking. However, the UN estimates that this practice affects people all over the globe by causing almost 20 percent of global greenhouse emissions, according to the news source.

    Every household should make sure that their current stoves comply with the latest safety regulations in order to ensure that their homes are safe, especially if the stove is an older model. Another idea families should consider to protect their home is investing in a home air purifier. Air purifiers like those we offer from the IQAir HealthPro Series help filter dangerous emissions from the air inside your home and can remove over 99 percent of other airborne contaminants, such as mold, pollen, pet dander and viruses.

  • WHO estimates 2 million deaths caused by air pollution

    Recently collected data indicates that, in addition to causing many major health problems, air pollution is responsible for the deaths of approximately 2 million people each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The information was collected from almost 1,100 cities located in 91 separate countries across the world.

    PM10 particles, or air particles that are 10 micrometers in size or less, can be found in both indoor and outdoor air and are breathed in through the lungs, where they are able to penetrate the tissue and move into the bloodstream. Toxic particles have been associated with asthma, some cancers, heart and respiratory diseases and even premature births. Some of the leading hazardous materials that release these harmful particles into the air include auto emissions, biological pollutants, paint fumes, pesticides, secondhand smoke and many more.

    While it may be difficult to escape the hazards of air pollution, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of exposure. First, make sure that you never leave your car idling, as this introduces unhealthy emissions into the air. Second, make sure that you protect yourself when traveling through high-pollution areas by rolling up your car windows and using the air filter in your vehicle. Finally, make sure that your home and office, as well as any place in which you frequently spend time, is protected by investing in an air purifier. Medical-grade air purifiers can reduce the amount of airborne pollutant particles in an enclosed space by as much as 99 percent.

  • Air pollution is linked to premature births in some

    There are a number of health hazards that are particular to pregnant women, but a new study from the UCLA School of Public Health has added one more to the list: the air you breathe. The study, which looked at 100,000 births in the Los Angeles area, found that women who are exposed to traffic-related air pollution have a 30 percent higher chance of experiencing pre-term births, reports ABC News.

    The chemical researchers believe is most actively responsible for these staggering rates is polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Traffic has been identified as a leading cause of PAH outdoors, however findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that PAH levels can be between two and five times greater indoors than they are outdoors.

    Of course, pregnant women should be concerned about the quality of the air wherever they are. However, ensuring a safe home haven is of the utmost importance. Expecting families may want to consider investing in a home air purifier. Professional-grade air purifiers help to filter out over 99 percent of the toxins and common irritants found in indoor air and can help ensure that your home is a safe environment for both you and your new arrival.

  • Protect your home from one of the top 5 environmental hazards

    Indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and it's one that everyone encounters.

    Adverse health effects can begin after a single exposure to common air pollutants, such as those found in paint and new carpeting, and may include side effects like coughing, wheezing, throat and nose irritation, watery eyes and more. Repeated exposure can lead to chronic fatigue or dizziness and other, more serious complications. Serious health risks associated with indoor air pollution include allergies, asthma, heart and respiratory disease, premature births, some cancers and many other conditions.

    In many cases, exposure symptoms are short-term and can be treated effectively by removing the source of the pollutants. However, in many cases, it simply is not possible to remove all airborne contaminants.

    The best way to control the risks associated with this hazard is by eliminating the source of the pollutants and maintaining a well-ventilated home that circulates fresh outdoor air. Unfortunately, most people live in areas where the air outdoors might not be much fresher than what's already circulated inside their homes. In these cases, the EPA suggests the use of an air-cleaning device, such as a home air purifier.

  • When it comes to professional-grade home air filtration, HEPA is tops

    High Efficiency Particulate Air filters, commonly known as HEPA filters, are top performers when it comes to protecting families and workers from indoor air pollutants. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, HEPA filters are the best-rated mechanical air filters able to remove ultrafine particles from the air.

    Air filters are rated according to their effectiveness at removing airborne particles, which is measured by the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV). The higher an air filter's MERV rating, the better the unit will perform. HEPA filters have a MERV rating between 17 and 20, the highest available rating.

    At FreshAirPro, we take pride in offering only the best medical-grade home air purifiers, such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. All IQAir HealthPro Series filters contain the HyperHEPA technology that allows them to deliver superior performance when removing airborne pollutants such as allergens, bacteria, dust, mold spores and other contaminants. They offer 100 percent sealed filtration and are certified ozone-free by the International Association of Air Cleaner Manufacturers (IAACM).

    Keep your home and office free of indoor air pollutants with the IQAir HealthPro Plus home air purifier with HyperHEPA technology.

  • Fall allergies are slated to be more powerful than ever this year

    One of the worst things about seasonal allergies due to airborne substances like pollen and mold spores is that they can follow you right into your home, where they will linger and exacerbate allergy symptoms. Therefore, it's important for allergy sufferers to be more proactive about protecting their living space.

    This year, climate changes are producing higher-than-average pollen counts that are sure to mean trouble for those prone to allergy symptoms, reports ABC News.

    "As we're seeing warmer and warmer weather, the fall gets warmer and longer and the effect is that there's no frost to kill the ragweed and end the allergy season," Estelle Levetin, chairwoman of the aerobiology committee for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, told the news source.

    If you're looking for ways to protect yourself from airborne allergens, consider taking the following steps to safeguard your living environment:

    1. Remove shoes and outerwear and keep them stored in a separate area away from your living space, or else wipe them off with a bristle brush before entering your home or office.

    2. Keep up with your regular cleaning by dusting and polishing furniture and appliances on a daily or weekly basis, depending on the severity of the problem.

    3. Invest in medical-grade air purifiers for your home and office to take care of those particles that, despite your best efforts, manage to make it inside.

  • Mold spores more prevalent this year in Washington, D.C.

    Mold spore counts reached 47,483 spores per cubic meter of air this September in Washington, D.C., which is significantly higher than any other September mold spore concentration in the past decade, reports the Washington Post. In fact, in the first three weeks of September, mold counts were at least 75 percent higher than average for that time of year.

    "This year, with clouds and plenty of moisture around for a period of several weeks, the average daily counts for each week in September have sky-rocketed," Susan Kosisky, microbiologist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center lab, told the news source. "Mushrooms abound...releasing millions of basidiospores, one of the most prevalent groups of spores observed this time of year."

    Airborne spores can easily travel into the home, causing adverse health reactions such as upper respiratory conditions, coughing and wheezing, and may also exacerbate symptoms of asthma and pneumonia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    In order to ensure that your family stays safe and healthy, you should take steps to make your home a mold-free environment. One of the best ways to do this is to invest in a home air purifier. At FreshAirPro, we offer only the best medical-grade purifiers to help keep your family protected from mold and other indoor pollutants. Our IQAir HealthPro Plus captures at least 99.5 percent of the mold spores that enter your home and guards against bacteria, dust, pollen, pet allergens and airborne viruses as well. There's no better solution to keeping your home free of indoor contaminants.

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