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Monthly Archives: December 2011

  • Kansas and other states to benefit from upcoming clean air rules

    The debate over the details of the Clean Air Act rages on in the political arenas of the country, but one rule change that was finalized recently aims to protect states from being polluted by their neighbors.

    The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) will have states that create the majority of pollution in the country tighten their air quality standards to prevent neighboring states from being negatively effected by the emissions. This rule applies heavily to those states with a high number of coal-based power plants, and was one of the points of contention between those who claim changing air regulations will hurt the economy and those who are backing the laws.

    One way to help understand the rule is to look at it as if it's a large-scale version of many of the smoking laws passed in the past few years. The CSAPR is an attempt to keep some states from hurting others with their large-scale secondhand smoke.

    This new law doesn't go into effect until 2012, so if you want to improve the quality of air you breathe now, invest in an air purifier to leave your home or office full of fresh, clean air.

  • North American fossil fuel plans being examined by the CEC

    The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recently released a report that details the effects of the large number of electricity-producing power plants in North America. Specifically, the report focuses on six of the most dangerous and damaging toxins they release into the air.

    The purpose of this report is to illustrate the dangers of mankind's reliance on fossil fuels, and some of the conclusions might just succeed in that regard. According to the report, fossil fuel-burning power plants are responsible for the majority of all pollutants that contribute to smog, climate change and even asthma. These plants are single-handedly responsible for 71 percent of reported sulfur dioxide emissions, a toxin that is a major component of acid rain.

    The news from the report isn't all bad, as there are indications that positive steps have been taken in the past few years to reduce emissions while maintaining power output. Still, the numbers can be alarming.

    Until the global society finds and implements a clean energy solution, it's unlikely anyone will be able to escape the dangers of these emissions. If you want to avoid as many of these toxins as possible, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier to keep the air in your home fresh and clean.

  • Austin continues the battle against secondhand smoke

    Over the past few years, smoking has become more and more of a hot button issue. The debate between smokers and non-smokers mostly consists of a back and forth over rights, and bans on smoking are only growing stricter.

    Austin is one city that has decided to move forward with its attempt to protect citizens from unwanted secondhand smoke. Of course, arguments have arisen, with smokers claiming they don't deserve to be treated like second-class citizens because of their addiction and everyone else rebutting that secondhand smoke is a danger to everyone, and therefore must be controlled as much as possible.

    Among other changes, Austin has instituted bans within 15 feet of public areas, including bus stops and parks. Austin Community College has taken it a step further in an attempt to become a completely smoke-free campus.

    The dangers of secondhand smoking have been researched and are proven to be quite severe. If you want to protect yourself or your family from secondhand smoke, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier. With this powerful air-cleaning technology, you can remove up to 99.5 percent of toxins from the air in your home.

  • Carbon emissions continue to climb even higher

    There was a brief period of hope for environmentalists during the worst of the recession, when carbon emissions fell for the first time since scientists began their scrutiny. The 7 percent drop during 2009 was not to be continued, however, as findings about the 2010 carbon emissions indicate a rise of 5.9 percent.

    Some experts believe this to be the largest single increase in carbon emissions since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Since then, the amount of carbon forced into the atmosphere has risen steadily, but such a large jump within a single year has some people worried - and perhaps rightfully so.

    Carbon emissions are a large culprit for the global warming phenomenon, and the constant increase may make repairing the planet's ecosystem a near impossibility. Attempts to change the emission guidelines have been consistently met with opposition from those concerned with the potential cost of the change.

    Still, while politicians debate, carbon continues to increase. To ensure that your home remains free of these pollutants, invest in a medical-grade air purifier. The filtering technology in these powerful purifiers can keep the air in your home or office fresher than it has been in years, and help protect you from the effects of rising emissions indoors.

  • Freshen up the air in your office with an IQAir HealthPro Plus

    It can be easy to monitor the air in your home. With the control you have over what is allowed inside, you can very easily keep irritants like smoke and allergy-causing plants or pets from ruining the time you spend there.

    But the office can be a completely different story. While most buildings won't allow smoking inside, the position of your office above the area where the smokers stand could mean that the smoke could still enter your space.

    Allergy-causing office plants can be another issue, and while many offices won't choose plants that would affect their workers, that doesn't mean it won't happen. Everything from the air outside to the smells of the lunches other members of the staff bring with them can make the time spent within the office irritating to your nose.

    Invest in an IQAir HealthPro Plus for your office to combat these distractions. This award-winning air purifier has a revolutionary filtering system that removes everything from dust to even the strongest odors from the air, leaving your office fresh and habitable.

  • Clean air fairs celebrate healthy air

    As science advances and the information it uncovers becomes more readily available and understandable, many individuals are paying increasing attention to the planet's environment. "Environmentally friendly" has become a rallying cry that very few people disagree with. Air pollution is one of the many issues that people are beginning to take more seriously.

    As a result, or perhaps a reflection of the current state of mind that many Americans share, fairs and celebrations promoting clean air have begun sprouting up all over the country. The goals of these fairs can range from building awareness to lobbying for change, and everything in between - often all at once.

    The South Coast Air Quality Management District is holding a fair aimed at seniors in Indio, California, to promote clean air tactics. The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has held a Clean Air Fair for the past seven years to promote green, pollution-reducing technology, encourage commuters to practice less driving and more cycling and take more steps to improve their health through the use of both commercial and home air purifiers.

    Clean air has become very important to many people, and that number grows every year. The awareness that these fairs inspire is a big step toward change.

  • Clean air and the economy

    Deciding on a way to reduce pollution levels has been a major debate between those who take great stock in the environment and those who hold stock. The economic implications of reducing air pollution and tightening air laws has always been one of the main reasons not to make huge changes all at once.

    Now, with the recently proposed tightening of restrictions, one of the major arguments against the change is that the cost of implementing such a thing is a poor decision, especially in the face of the recession.

    Now, however, according to statistics by the EPA, many of those claims regarding the economic instability these changes would cause are shortsighted and ultimately incorrect. Within four years, the cross-state air pollution rules are projected to avoid nearly 34,000 deaths and could save $120 billion in healthcare costs, which would more than offset the projected $800 million cost of implementing the rule.

    Still, the debate continues, as those concerned for the environment butt heads with those concerned for the economy. If you, like many, feel like you want cleaner air sooner than the debates will allow, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier to remove the majority of toxins from the air in your home, office or recreational space.

  • The holidays are full of scents, not all of them good

    While many people love the smells of the holidays, to others, they can be torture. That's not to say the smell of fresh pine isn't generally appreciated. It's a scent many people have associated with both the holidays and cleanliness. Of course, most would prefer the scent coming from their fresh pine tree in the living room, but a real tree can be a hassle for some.

    Their response is often to have an artificial tree and simulate the smells of the holidays with air fresheners or holiday candles. That is where the good news ends, because even though the smells may be appealing, the candles or air fresheners may cause allergies to act up.

    If your home has become a haven for these allergens, whether or not you were the one using those aromatic items, it can make the holidays much tougher on you.

    Luckily, there are ways to fight the issue. The IQAir GC MultiGas purifier can help relieve issues caused by allergens, smoke, viruses and even bacteria from the air in your home. It can also be effective for those with chemical sensitivity.

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