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  • New Year's Eve air quality advisory issued due to smoke levels

    The Clark Country Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management (DAQEM) in Nevada is issuing an air quality advisory from December 31 through January 1.

    The DAQEM believes that smoke caused from New Year's fireworks, combined with weather conditions, may create a potential problem by worsening respiratory diseases. Homes in the area with children or adults who suffer from chronic asthma or respiratory illness may wish to consider investing in medical-grade air purifiers to filter out average or unusual levels of irritants.

    The predicted cold weather and lack of wind may cause smoke and dust from fireworks to remain at a low elevation, according to the DAQEM. These conditions could allow traditional celebratory events to produce unhealthy levels of smoke that will not dissipate at the usual rate. Using air purifiers and staying inside should provide the necessary safety precautions to prevent smoke levels from creating havoc with respiratory functions for those afflicted with asthma or bronchitis.

    Children and the elderly are especially susceptible to the negative effects of exposure to smoke, and should remain inside.

  • New EPA mercury emission reduction standard could save lives

    The new update to the Clean Air Act by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce mercury and 70 other chemical emissions is estimated to prevent an estimated 11,000 premature deaths and 4,700 heart attacks.

    Mercury exposure is extremely damaging to developing brains of fetuses and children. Typically, people become exposed to it by eating contaminated fish. However, the hazardous pollutants do negatively affect air quality. Assist in cutting down exposure by investing in air purifiers for the home.

    The EPA estimates that for each dollar spent reducing mercury and other air pollutant emissions under the new rule, there is a projected savings of up to $9 in health benefits. These savings come from the prevention of various medical issues that arise due to exposure, such as heart attacks, premature death, asthma and bronchitis.

    The new limits may prevent 130,000 cases of asthma and 6,300 cases of acute bronchitis each year, according to EPA projections. Asthma has become increasingly common in children, so to assist in preventing an attack, health professionals will sometimes recommend air purifiers to improve air quality.

  • EPA requires new limitations on mercury emissions

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created new regulations that set a federal standard on mercury and other toxic emissions in an effort to improve air quality on December 21.

    The new rules set specific emission limits for all existing and future coal plants. In regional areas that house coal plants, homeowners may wish to invest in a medical-grade home air purifier to assist in reducing air pollutants in the home.

    To assist plants in meeting the new standard, the EPA will provide technical and economical strategies in hopes of achieving successful reductions of mercury and other neurotoxins. Mercury is proven to be especially harmful to children and pregnant women.

    "These standards rank among the three or four most significant environmental achievements in the EPA's history," John Walke, clean air director of the National Resources Defense Council, told CNN. "This rule-making represents a generational achievement."

    Being toted as a critical update to the Clean Air Act, the new regulations are getting strong support from many environmentalists and health organizations. Home owners looking to improve air quality in their homes until the new regulations are firmly in place in three years may wish to look into the IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier.

  • While nation focuses on EPA changes, California has emission debates of its own

    Much of the coverage concerning air pollution in America these past few weeks has focused on the controversial new EPA regulations concerning coal-burning power plants, but there have been more local efforts to clean the air as well.

    Updated in 2010, the new emission-reducing regulations required by the California Air Resources Board are slated to go into effect on January 1st, 2012. These restrictions, which are aimed at diesel-producing trucking companies, are being attacked with renewed vigor as the deadline approaches.

    Due to pressure from worried business owners, who cite the expense of such a change as a concern, the CARB has allowed for some leeway in the rule, causing mixed responses from the public. California is notoriously poor when it comes to air pollution, and proponents of these restrictions may see this backing off as a sign that nothing has changed.

    Still, the diesel particle emissions can be something of a health hazard, regardless of tightening restrictions. Consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier to help keep the air in your home healthy and clean.

  • Medical-grade air purifiers can help you breathe easier after quitting smoking

    One of the more frustrating parts of being a smoker is that after a while, breathing can become difficult. Even the slightest exertion can result in being out of breath.

    This problem is generally a result of the irritation inside the lungs that is caused by the inhalation of smoke particles and toxins. This can be one of the main reasons people decide to finally buckle down and quit cigarettes.

    The problem is that after quitting, your lungs are often still irritated. Though you've stopped putting constant toxins into your lungs, it can be frustrating to sit and wait for function to fully return. Though it typically takes a few months for your lung functions to return to normal, you can help by investing in a medical-grade air purifier.

    The powerful filtration will not only work quickly to remove any remnants of tobacco smoke lingering through your home, but the cleaner air will be good for your lungs, especially while you're trying to improve their function.

  • Dust storms may negatively impact West Coast air quality

    Winter dust storms located on the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado have sharply risen, and out of the 65 dust storm events that have occurred since 2003, 32 have happened in the last three years, according to the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies.

    These dust storms reduce air quality, which may have an adverse effect on an individual's health if he does not spend time in an indoor facility equipped with a professional-grade air purifier.

    The dust in these regions carry a distinct iron oxide-heavy chemical signature, according to The New York Times. For those monitoring regional air quality, the increase in dust storms and the alarmingly high rates of asthma may suggest a link. A 2010 indicator report by the Utah Department of Health states that areas identified as frequently affected by dust storms experienced pronounced levels of asthma that exceeded statewide averages.

    The survey reported that 13.6 percent of adult residents in these rural areas suffer from asthma in comparison to the 7.5 percent nationally, reports The New York Times. Homes equipped with an IQAir® HealthPro Plus air purifier could experience reduced levels of asthma attacks by eliminating air pollutants.

  • Indoor air can contain more pollutants than outdoor

    A recent study found more than 400 chemicals ranging from pesticides to phthalates inside household air in Arizona homes. Researchers placed air-collecting devices in 52 homes in Arizona along the Mexican border for 30 days, according to Environmental Health News. Using chromatography and mass spectrometry, they were able to identify 400 individual chemicals.

    However, 586 chemicals were cataloged, leaving scientists unable to identify at least 120 of the chemicals, the source reports. A high-end home air purifier could assist in removing toxins inside the home.

    Amongst the identified chemicals, there were 27 different organochlorine pesticides detected. P,p’-DDE is a breakdown of the now banned pesticide DDT and was detected in more than 90 percent of homes, according to the source.

    While the majority of the unidentifiable chemicals were similar to fragrance compounds, many of the identifiable elements are considered to be a risk to human health with long-term exposure. The high concentrations of banned pesticides and other organic compounds has helped bring upon the realization that average home air quality may often be worse than its outside counterpart if a home air purifier is not used.

  • Kennecott copper mine causes huge problems for clean air

    In Utah, a variety of groups have introduced a lawsuit against Kennecott Utah Copper Mine, claiming that the company had knowingly broken laws outlined in the Clean Air Act in regards to their air pollution.

    The filers of the suit, including a society of physicians, claim that the mine is responsible for nearly a third of the air pollution in the Salt Lake area. In 1994, the mine agreed to laws that were enacted to keep production under 150.5 tons a year. This regulation was enforced to minimize the dust thrown into the air from mining, as well as reduce emissions from the heavy mining machinery and transportation vehicles.

    While the mine has received permission from the state to increase production drastically, the suit claims that these production increases were never cleared on a federal level, or with the EPA, and that the mine has broken clean air restrictions as a result. The groups filing the suit hope to see a reduction to safe production levels, and monetary awards to be used for cleaning the air and environmental safeguards.

    While the lawsuit is decided, the air remains polluted. If you worry about the effect of constant air pollution on you and your family, invest in a medical-grade air purifier to filter out toxins and keep the air in your home healthy.

  • Help your child's asthma with the IQAir Perfect16 Whole House Air Purifier

    As far as chronic conditions go, asthma is one of the more easily manageable ones, but that doesn't mean you should just accept it. Asthma works by constantly swelling and inflaming the airways, causing the sufferer to experience difficult breathing and wheezing. This can become particularly dangerous when common irritants are inhaled, as it may cause a reaction that further restricts airways. This can lead to oxygen deprivation and is often treated through inhaled steroids.

    Asthma can be a result of intense allergies, a severe respiratory infection and occasionally extreme amounts of allergens or pollutants. If your child suffers from asthma, you know that out in the world, there is little you can do to ease her symptoms - but your home is a different story.

    Consider investing in an IQAir Perfect16 Whole House Air Purifier. This air purification system is installed within the vents that circulate air around your home, such as air conditioning and heating vents. It has a perfect industry rating for air cleaning and can improve the air inside your home by up to 90 percent.

    This clean air will surely allow your asthma-stricken loved one to breathe easier, knowing her home is filled with fresh air.

  • New EPA rules will likely shut down coal plants by 2014

    The Environmental Protection Agency's new changes to the Clean Air Act are likely to have the extra effect of causing some older coal-burning power plants to shut down. These plants, nearly all of which are over 50 years old, have been kept running due to loopholes in the Clean Air Act that allowed plants built before a certain time to continue running without restrictions.

    This loophole was intended to allow plants on the verge of closing a few final years before shutting down, but many of them still run, without any air filters or environmental restrictions. The EPA's new restrictions will affect many of those plants, however, and cause the majority of them to shut down.

    Opponents of the changes argue that the loss of jobs and energy this shutdown will cause is inexcusable, while those supporting the revisions tout statistics about how much cleaner the air would be without these high-pollution locations.

    Either way, the shut downs will likely not go into effect until 2014, meaning that, for the time being, pollution will continue to to accumulate. If you want to keep these airborne toxins from your home, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier. The powerful filtering technology will keep the air in your home safe for you and your family.

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