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  • Guarding against winter allergies

    Many consider the "allergy seasons" to be fall and spring, when pollen and mold spore counts are high, but winter also poses its share of indoor allergens. In fact, for those who are sensitive to dust, dander or mold, the cold season can be the most trying season of all.

    Because most individuals spend the majority of their time indoors in winter, these and other common allergens are encountered on a more frequent, constant basis. This can lead to a running series of coughs, sniffles and red or watery eyes that can make the time you spend in your home quite unbearable.

    "People...are susceptible to allergies as they tend to stay indoors 90 percent of the time [due to the harsh weather]," Dr. Abey Abraham, specialist physician at Aster Medical Centre, told Gulf News. "Indoor air quality plays a big role as allergies can be triggered by dust mites, pet dander, perfumes and micro-organisms living in air-conditioning vents, among other things."

    Those looking to rid their homes of these winter irritants should take several steps before the season sets in. All air filters for furnaces or other heating units should be cleaned or replaced before the units are turned on for the season. If you're concerned that your home may have been affected by mold, have an inspector conduct a more thorough investigation as soon as possible - otherwise, the mold will set in and continue to grow over the wintertime, leaving you with a much bigger problem. Finally, the most important step you can take to protect the air within your home is to invest in a medical-grade home air purifier. These devices can help alleviate your symptoms by removing over 99 percent of airborne allergens.

  • Senator Alexander supports clean air

    Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander has broken ranks with the GOP regarding a new initiative to kill the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, a regulation aimed toward reducing the amount of smog and air pollution emitted by power plants, Think Progress reports.

    "Air pollution blowing in from other states makes our citizens sick, especially children and older Tennesseans," said Alexander. "It is also a jobs issue - pollution makes our mountains smoggy, driving away tourists...makes it harder for communities to secure the air-quality permits that allow auto suppliers and other manufacturers to locate in, and bring jobs to, our state."

    Aside from driving tourists away, air pollution also creates problems for residents who live in areas where this type of pollution is a concern. Those who are regularly exposed face a higher chance of developing serious health conditions such as heart and respiratory conditions and some cancers, according to the EPA.

    Residents who live near offending power plants should be mindful that, in addition to the smog found outdoors, air pollution can invade a home and make the indoor air quality unsafe, especially for children and seniors. In order to ensure that a home is protected against potential health hazards, those who live in areas with a high amount of smog and pollution should consider investing in a home air purifier. Medical-grade air purifiers can improve the quality of air inside a home and protect its occupants from pollution-related health risks.

  • Nevada Supreme Courts say 'yea' to clean air

    After attorney and restaurant co-owner Robert Peccole, Jr. challenged the constitutionality of the state's Clean Air Act, the Nevada Supreme Court unanimously voted to support the Act and enforce the clean air standard on the restauranter, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

    Peccole believes that banning smoking in the establishment is bad for business, but the Courts insisted it was bad for patrons' health, and that the law would have to be enforced.

    Peccole's problem is one that many restaurant and bar owners have had to face as the United States continues to uphold strict laws that protect both its citizens and the environment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), secondhand cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and about 70 that have been directly linked with cancer.

    Cigarette smoke is just as dangerous in private homes as it is in public facilities. Those who smoke indoors should make every effort to ensure that their homes are well-ventilated and that children are not exposed to harmful chemical smoke.

    Regular smokers should consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier to ensure that their family's health is protected. Medical-grade air purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus can help remove up to 99.5 percent of airborne pollutants.

  • Doctors hope to prevent allergies by exposing infants to dust mites

    Most homeowners find that keeping their homes free from dust is an ever-waging battle. Dust mites are a very common allergen, and they're most often the culprit behind allergies arising from exposure to house dust. They're also one of the leading causes of asthma for young children, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

    In an attempt to reduce the number of allergy and asthma cases arising from house dust, doctors are willing to try a new method to halt the rising epidemic caused by these creatures: they're going to expose children under one year of age to the mites in hopes that early exposure will prevent the conditions from forming, reports MSNBC UK News. By exposing infants early while their immune systems are still developing, doctors are hoping to build natural resistance against these common and troublesome conditions.

    According to the news source, dust mites are the most prevalent allergy trigger and are responsible for causing asthmatic reactions in approximately 85 percent of children - and the problem is only increasing.

    If you have a child with asthma or an existing dust mite allergy, it's important to ensure that your home is a safe haven against these little beasties. By installing a medical-grade home air purifier, you can keep your home free of the dust in which they thrive and reduce the number of dust-related episodes your child suffers through.

  • Preventing mold in winter

    Most people think of spring and fall as the "mold seasons," however the wetness caused by winter snows also creates the perfect environment for mold to thrive. This is especially true after a blizzard or heavy snowfall, which, as the snows melt in the days and weeks afterward, can leave large pools of standing water.

    "Molds are a biggie in houses here because it’s a wet state. In the winter particularly, molds are a big deal," Al Barrier, an otolaryngologist at University of Missouri Health Care, told The Columbia Tribune.

    If mold finds its way into your home over the winter months, it can take hold and then cause further problems when spring rains roll around. If allowed to establish a foothold, it can cause an infestation that can compromise your health and cost thousands of dollars to fix. That's why it's important to be proactive about protecting your home.

    Start the war against mold before the winter sets in by making sure that your air ducts are cleaned before the start of the season. Barrier encourages a thorough cleaning every six months. You should also takes steps to ensure that the quality of air in your home isn't affected by mold. Invest in a medical-grade home air purifier, such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, to keep the air in your home clean and safe for your family.

  • Those heating up this winter may get burned

    As the seasons shift from warm to cold, air quality concerns shift from ozone damage to the indoor air pollution caused by wood-burning stoves and similar heating methods. It seems the fine-particle pollution from burning wood indoors can cause a number of serious health complications, from heart disease to cancer to asthma, reports USA Today.

    Wood smoke contains carbon monoxide and a number of other chemicals that cause health complications in humans. The major ingredients in wood smoke, soot and liquid pollution particles, are among the smallest and most deadly air particles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that wood-burning stoves, such as open fireplaces or pellet stoves, are responsible for about 5 percent of these particles, which can also be found in auto emissions.

    If you currently operate a wood-burning stove in wintertime to keep warm, it's important to ensure that your home is well-ventilated. This means making sure that fresh air from the outdoors is permitted to circulate in your home. Keeping up with air filter replacements for stoves that require them is also imperative.

    Those who use wood-burning stoves should also consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier to remove noxious airborne particles from their home. Medical-grade air purifiers can remove over 99 percent of pollution particles and help ensure that the air in your home is safe, and that your family is protected.

  • Aromatherapy products are linked to indoor air pollution

    While everyone knows that it's important to take time to relax now and again, a new finding suggests that doing so may be toxic if you're using aromatherapy products that contain artificial fragrances or essential oils, according to the Environmental Engineering Science journal.

    Apparently, these fragrances release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the air, which cause increased levels of air pollution indoors. These VOCs react with compounds in the ozone that cause them to break down and release ultrafine byproducts called Secondary Organic Aerosols (SOAs). These SOAs can directly lead to eye and throat irritation and may cause further damage.

    If you love using aromatherapy as a means to relax at the end of a long day, you don't necessarily have to give it up. By taking a few precautionary measures, you can ensure that the air inside your home is fresh, clean and safe for you and your family.

    First, when burning aromatherapy products such as candles and incense, make sure there is enough ventilation available. This will help the toxic particles disperse.

    In addition, to ensure that the air within your home is safe from VOCs and other airborne toxins, you should invest in a medical-grade home air purifier. High-quality air purifiers can help remove up to 99.5 percent of the indoor air pollutants in your home.

  • Ragweed season expected to be longer in 2011

    This year, seasonal allergy sufferers were caught by surprise when rising temperatures resulted in a significant extension to the ragweed season. So far, 2011 has seen "one of the worst, and longest, allergy seasons yet," reports ABC News.

    Why this allergy season is expected to be more severe than usual
    According to Reuters, the culprit is climate change. This year's higher-than-average temperatures have caused the regular ragweed season to become extended by as much as three weeks, and perhaps more. In addition to the added heat, the added dampness from the extra showers - not to mention Hurricane Irene - on the East Coast has produced a climate that's perfect for ragweed growth.

    Sunny days and damp conditions caused by excessive rainfall create the perfect climate for Ambrosia artemisiifolia, also known as common ragweed. There are 41 known species of ragweed found in the world today and 17 of these occur in North America, however Ambrosia artemisiifolia is the most prevalent and the most likely to cause distress in the fall allergy season. The plant is leafy green and usually blossoms with tiny, golden flowers in late summer and early fall. It can grow up to three feet tall.

    A word about ragweed allergies and symptoms
    Those who suffer from seasonal allergies know that ragweed is no laughing matter. Between 10 and 20 percent of Americans suffer from ragweed allergies, a condition also known as "hay fever," and those who suffer from other pollen allergies are 75 percent more likely to have a reaction to ragweed pollen as well, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

    Symptoms of hay fever range from itchy eyes, nose and throat, sneezing, stuffy or runny nose and trouble sleeping. Those who are also afflicted with asthma may find that exposure to ragweed pollen exacerbates their symptoms.

    If you haven't been officially diagnosed with a ragweed allergy, but you feel yourself responding to the added amount of pollen in the air this season, you should make an appointment with your doctor to be tested for allergies. Allergies can develop at any time in a person's life, so just because you haven't experienced symptoms previously doesn't mean you're not allergic.

    What you can do to find relief
    When braving the great outdoors, those with allergies should be sure to take their daily allergy medication. If antihistamines aren't effective in combating symptoms, another option is immunotherapy. Talk to your doctor to ascertain the best solution for you. Avoiding exposure is the best way to reduce symptoms.

    Inside your home, you should make efforts to ensure that every room is as hypoallergenic as possible. This includes frequent cleaning and maintenance, such as sweeping and vacuuming floors and upholstered furniture, and other fabrics like curtains and table cloths. You may also want to consider purchasing hypoallergenic mattress covers and furniture cases, especially if you find that your allergies are usually more severe when you get up in the morning. Fabrics can trap these pollens, increasing your chances of being exposed to their effects. For those who suffer from advanced allergies, it's a good idea to use hypoallergenic furniture covers for sofas and upholstered chairs.

    Of course, within the home, most experts would agree that the number one thing you can do to protect yourself from airborne allergens and other irritants is to invest in a professional-quality home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This HealthPro Plus is a medical-grade home air purifier equipped with a top-of-the-line HyperHEPA filter that has been clinically proven to remove 99.5 percent of common household irritants such as airborne bacteria and viruses, pet dander, mold spores and, of course, pollens such as ragweed. If you're serious about protecting your family from this year's extended ragweed season, consider investing in the IQAir HealthPro Plus or another medical-grade air purifier today.

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