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Monthly Archives: December 2011

  • Clean Air Act violation results in $12 million fine

    The Clean Air Act is a piece of legislation that is designed to improve the health of every American citizen through regulation of pollution and strict attention to air quality. Pelican Refining Company LLC, a Texas-based oil company operating in Louisiana, was found to be in violation of the Act and received its sentencing this month - a fine of $12 million for purposely causing the violations and attempting to cover up its wrongdoing.

    The cost, a $10 million fine for criminal wrongdoing and an additional $2 million to be spent on community service-based environmental improvements, is the largest of its kind in Louisiana and is a good reminder that though much progress has been made in keeping the air clean and healthy, there is always room for improvement.

    While the majority of companies take steps to comply with regulations, the upcoming tightening restrictions on the Clean Air Act may reveal that companies that value profits over public safety will do everything they can to avoid reducing their emissions at the expense of their bottom line.

    Rather than waiting for those corporations to fall in line, protect your family from harmful pollutants now by investing in a medical-grade air purifier to keep the air in your home fresh and healthy.

  • Invest in an air purifier this holiday season

    The holidays are often a time of family gathering and togetherness, but the gathering of large groups of people in a small space can wreak havoc on your air quality.

    The aromas of many different foods will float through the air, possibly disturbing those with a distaste for certain items, or the number of candles and air fresheners used to keep the whole house smelling clean throughout the day can begin to cause sneezing and irritation.

    Smoking is another problem to worry about. You may not smoke, but the secondhand smoke from your aunt can be just as dangerous to the family. Even forcing the smokers to do their business outside doesn't save those inside from feeling the effects, as the smoke and odor may drift in through the cracks.

    Rarely used fireplaces or wood-burning stoves are often lit during these gatherings, whether to provide extra warmth or just to add to the decor. The smoke they create, especially if rarely used and cleaned, can be harmful as well.

    Consider combating these holiday problems by investing in a medical-grade air purifier. Their powerful filtering technology can keep the air inside your home fresh and healthy all winter long.

  • Wood smoke a dangerous pollutant as well

    After hearing the words "air pollution," the majority of people will jump immediately to thinking about factories, coal, oil and cars. But there are many different kinds of air pollution, and recent findings have shown that wood smoke is a major contributor of airborne toxins.

    It may be hard to believe that campfires could contribute significantly to air pollution, but old-fashioned wood-burning stoves and furnaces, along with fireplaces and any other wood-burning heater, all contribute greatly to air pollution, not in the least because many of these apparatuses predate the kind of filter they should be equipped with.

    The real problem comes from the fact that, while industry emissions are closely controlled, the soot particles from private homes are not, so when the winter comes around and the wood starts burning, it can be difficult to even walk outside.

    If you want to protect your home this winter, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier. With powerful filters that remove up to 99.5 percent of airborne toxins, you can breathe easy knowing the air in your home is clean and healthy.

  • Punjab Agricultural University is one escape from city pollution

    Pollution in India has been a problem ever since the country went through a major industrial revolution following its independence from Britain. Cities like Ludhiana in Punjab have gotten so bad in this regard that the majority of flights from the area are unable to take off for days at a time. Recently, a group of international beauty queens visited the city, and the common complaint about the city was the state of the air.

    Punjab Agricultural University is located a few miles away from the city proper and has recently become an extremely popular place for walking as a result of the city's high pollution. It has become so popular, in fact, that the university began requiring permits from those on the campus. Still, despite the permit fee, many city dwellers are paying it happily and travel for miles for the opportunity to take a walk and clear their lungs of the dirty city air.

    This clamor for clean air is a strong indicator of the difference it makes not only to one's energy, but also health. If you want to make a similar stand for your health and energy level, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier and fill your home with clean, fresh air.

  • Best home for asthma-stricken children involves powerful air filter

    Habitat for Humanity recently teamed up with healthcare company Merck's Build Smart, Breathe Easier program to create a special asthma-friendly home for a family whose two young daughters have both been hospitalized numerous times because of their asthma. Many of the steps taken to create this home involved working to reduce airborne particles that can exacerbate severe asthma.

    These changes involved installing hard flooring rather than carpeting for easier cleaning, special allergen-free paint and most importantly, powerful air filters to keep ventilation from bringing in pollution or toxins from outside.

    If you have a child with asthma and you'd like to keep your home safe, consider installing an IQAir Perfect16 Whole House Air Purifier, available from FreshAirPro. This medical-grade air purifier boasts the highest possible industry rating for whole house air cleaning and filters 100 percent of all moving air in the home.

    It removes up to 95 percent of most irritants, including bacterias, mold spores, pollens, pollutants and a variety of other airborne toxins. To protect your family and keep the air in your home cleaner than it ever has been, look to the medical-grade purifiers we sell at FreshAirPro.

  • EPA's clean air restrictions gain backing in the days before the final version is released

    This is a big week for the Environmental Protection Agency, as Friday is the day it releases its final version of the controversial extension to the historic Clean Air Act.

    There has been much debate over these changes, with opponents of the change arguing that the effect the new laws will have on the economy would be disastrous when piled on to the already shaky financial foothold the nation has found. Supporters argue that the amount saved in the long run will more than outweigh any temporary drops, as the resulting increase in human life and health will severely reduce medical expenses while improving the environment greatly.

    The bill's detractors claim that the changes will also affect energy-producing factories and severely affect the national power grid. The EPA responds with claims that the majority of current energy-production facilities will have no problem coping with the changes, and the ones that might have an issue will be inspired to put more effort into researching and implementing cleaner energy to keep business going.

    While the debate rages on, the air near your home may remain full of toxins. To combat this, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier to keep your home clean and healthy.

  • Tempe leads the area in clean air technology

    Tempe is a city in Arizona that borders the state capitol of Phoenix, and it has put a lot of effort into keeping its air as clean as possible for its citizens. During the 24th annual Clean Air Campaign luncheon, Tempe was awarded for the efforts it has made to keep pollution and emissions down.

    Tempe was especially recognized for its attempt at making transportation as green as possible. One of the ways the city has accomplished this is by encouraging and celebrating bikers rather than drivers. The Tour de Tempe is an annual free 10-mile bike race that is meant to show bicyclists the many bike paths and routes residents can regularly enjoy.

    The city also sponsors a 'ride your bike to work day' that includes various restaurants and event locations that have giveaways and free meals for participants. City employees are required to use public transportation where possible, and Tempe spends part of its transportation budget just buying passes for these employees. The city even plays host to a fleet of carbon-neutral taxis.

    Though there are many efforts to make air clean all over the country, there is always more to do. To keep your home cleaner, consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier to keep your family safe and healthy all year long.

  • Invest in an IQAir Perfect16 Whole House Air Purifier to keep your family healthy this winter

    As the winter draws nearer and the weather grows colder, many people spend more time wrapped in blankets on the couch, savoring the warmth and comfort of the indoors. But with the entire family spending more and more time in the house, they must pay more attention to the quality of the air they're breathing.

    Homes can quickly fill with allergens like dust, especially when accompanied by pet dander and hair (and the growing amount of dead skin cells left in the home). While staying indoors may feel great for your comfort, it may be worse for your lungs. Allergens and toxins remain airborne and may even have built up in your heating ducts, which encourages it to spread even more when the hot air is constantly blowing.

    To combat these lung irritants, consider investing in an IQAir Perfect16 Whole House Air Purifier. While many purifiers may work for small areas like an office or a bedroom, the IQAir is a house-wide system that cleans the air being circulated through your heating or air conditioning system. With its low air resistance and medical-grade filtration, the only difference you'll notice in your home is how easy it is to breathe.

  • Chinese air pollution the cause of protests

    This week, air pollution in China became a national concern as heavy smog in Beijing grounded hundreds of flights due to visibility issues. The U.S. Embassy in China now routinely takes samples and studies of the air quality for study, and the information is available through their Twitter feed. Their readings during the worst of this smog crisis were literally so high that the chart the American EPA uses to classify pollution-related health risks didn't have a rating high enough.

    In the meantime, Chinese government readings were significantly lower due to the fact that they have created a different scale that ignores many of the pollution-causing particles and only measures certain pollutants. This allows their readings to be significantly lower.

    While the average Chinese citizen has no access to Twitter, the embassy's readings have been reposted in so many places that the news was received by the public and has been the cause of a rising online protest.

    If nothing else, this event shows that all forms of pollutants are dangerous, regardless of context. If you want to protect your family, whether traveling overseas or just in your own home, invest in a medical-grade air purifier and keep the air in your home fresh, clean and healthy.

  • Consider bringing an IQAir HealthPro Plus on your next extended stay in Beijing

    Residents of Beijing, China, have had it worse than Los Angelenos do when it comes to dealing with smog. Images from this major city are often full of members of the public wandering the streets with gas masks over their faces.

    The 2008 Olympics were a positive step for the city, and to appeal to the world audience and dignitaries, China took many emergency measures to clean the air in and around the city. This improvement lasted for a short time after the games, but it seems the city has since taken a turn for the worse, as smog became so heavy recently that Beijing's International Airport had to cancel and ground hundreds of flights until the smog cleared four days later.

    U.S. pollution measurements are measured on a scale of 500, where the higher number indicates the worst air quality. During the worst part of the smog issue, readings in Beijing were literally greater than the index allowed for.

    Though the smog has lifted and the air is now listed at a moderate rating, if you or someone you know plans to make an extended trip to Beijing anytime soon, it may be a good idea to send them with an IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier to protect their health during their travels.

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