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Monthly Archives: May 2012

  • Climate change impacting air quality

    Have your allergies been acting up this year? Consider laying the blame  on climate change. According to the Star Ledger, increased temperature generates higher levels of ozone, which can keep smog and pollutants close to the earth’s surface. In addition to low air quality, the temperature has sped up plants’ production of pollen, triggering allergic and asthma attacks.

    A coalition of 120 health organizations including the American Lung Association and the American Medical Association are on record for stating:

    "Climate change is a serious public health issue. As temperatures rise, more Americans will be exposed to conditions that can result in illness and death due to respiratory illness, heat-and weather-related stress and disease carried by insects. These health issues are likely to have the greatest impact on our most vulnerable communities, including children, older adults, those with serious health conditions and the most economically disadvantaged."

    Long-term exposure to poor air conditions can negatively impact the health and wellbeing of everyone in a family. If you’re concerned about the risks, you can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of various pollutants in the home.

    IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers are high-quality and efficient units capable of offering complete clean air solutions. Keep you and your family safe with the right home air purifier.

  • Plans of action tackle Portland's air pollution

    Portland’s reputation as a green city is under review as organizations such as the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Neighbors for Clean Air recently found significant levels of air pollution in the greater metro area. A report released by the DEQ outlined two years worth of air quality data and found elevated levels of 19 toxic air pollutants.

    Compounds selected for modeling in the study included naphthalene, benzene, lead compounds, arsenic compounds and formaldehyde. Surprisingly, factories only produced approximately 1 percent of the monitored pollutants within Portland, although different neighborhoods had higher concentrations of industry related pollutants than others. Research indicated the chemicals presence was largely due to  the average person’s habits, including commuting, remodeling and using household chemicals.

    As a result, scheduled public meetings on the various methods homeowners can take to improve air quality will be held in the last week of May. Individuals interested in reducing their air exposure to toxins can invest in a home air purifier. For example, the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is an inclusive unit that can drastically improve air quality in a house and limit the health impact of known pollutants.

  • Wildfires decrease air quality in Albuquerque

    The recent outburst of wildfires in Arizona and New Mexico has created cause for concern. According to New Mexico Business Weekly, an extended health alert has been issued for Albuquerque due to smoke from May 24 to May 27.

    The Environmental Health Department’s Air Quality Division claims southwest winds, a normal air pattern for the area, are expected to move smoke and particulate pollution into Albuquerque and its surrounding area. Experts recommend spending time indoors in a building with an appropriate filtration system.

    Homeowners concerned about the negative health impacts of air pollution can invest in a high-quality home air purifier. Fine particulate matter caused by wild fires can potentially cause coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, nausea and light-headedness. In addition, it can exasperate existing respiratory conditions.

    Children, the elderly and those with pre-existing lung conditions such as asthma, are particularly susceptible to the negative health effects. Protect your family with IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers and experience the comfort of clean, fresh air.

  • BP agrees to cut air pollution in Indiana plant

    BP has committed to invest more than $400 million to reduce air pollution emissions produced by its Whiting refinery in northwest Indiana, reports the Chicago Tribune. The monetary dedication is part of an agreement the organization made to settle legal complaints about the abundance of air pollution the plant produced.

    In addition to paying $400 million in new air pollution controls, BP will also pay a $8 million fine, reports the Associated Press. The new technology installments are expected to reduce harmful air pollution by approximately 4,000 tons a year.

    The plant was a serious cause for concern. Located just 20 miles southeast of Chicago, the expanding industrial site was producing harmful pollutants that were being swept into the Windy City.

    The U.S. Census Bureau estimated Chicago’s population at 2,695,598 in 2010, according to the most recent data available. Almost 3 million people were impacted by the air pollution produced by the nearby plant. The negative health impacts of poor air quality are greatly documented. Homeowners concerned about the lingering effects of pollution can invest in a home air purifier to reduce their long-term exposure.

  • May is Asthma Awareness Month

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named May Asthma Awareness Month. The subsequent 31 days are dedicated to the exploration of controlling and living with the life-threatening chronic respiratory disease.

    According to the EPA, almost 25 million Americans, including approximately 7 million children, are afflicted with the condition. Air pollution and poor indoor air quality can irritate the lungs, trigger an attack or further deteriorate respiratory function.

    With Americans spending more than 90 percent of their time indoors, it is vital to invest in clean air technology, according to the source. A home air purifier can reduce the presence of smoke, smog, dust mites and other common irritants.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is a high-quality home air purifier designed to reduce long-term exposure to asthma triggers. In addition, the unit can also limit ground-level ozone and airborne particles - two common pollutants known as dangerous to people’s health.

    Whether a homeowner or their family has asthma or no one is afflicted with the condition, a home air purifier is a worthwhile investment.

  • Prenatal exposure to pollution impacts asthma in children

    Children exposed to air pollution in the womb may suffer from decreased lung-function development, according to a recent study. Researchers were able to draw that conclusion by evaluating 162 asthmatic children between the ages 6 and 15 in Fresno, California. Then researchers took the results and compared lung conditions to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data for air pollution levels experienced during the pregnancy, reports US News.

    "In this study, we found that prenatal exposures to airborne particles and the pollutant nitrogen dioxide adversely affect pulmonary function growth among asthmatic children between 6 and 15 years of age," said study author Amy Padula, PhD, according to Medical Express. "This analysis adds to the evidence that maternal exposure to ambient air pollutants can have persistent effects on lung function development in children with asthma."

    Pregnant women concerned about air pollution’s impact on the development of their unborn child can invest in a home air purifier to reduce exposure. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier limits toxin levels indoors and promotes greater health for every member of the family, even those who are still developing.

  • Nashville issues first air quality alert of the summer season

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced the first air quality alert for the greater Nashville metro area and a dozen other surrounding counties, News Channel 5 reports. Local residents can expect the ozone in the region to reach or exceed levels accepted as healthy.

    As a result of the unhealthy ozone levels, susceptible groups such as the elderly, children and those afflicted with respiratory illness may have trouble breathing. Summer is traditionally the time when ozone levels reach their highest due to the increased heat and sunlight.

    Homeowners concerned about the welfare of their families can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of toxins in their homes. Both the duration of exposure and the concentration of the chemicals can greatly impact an individual’s health.

    Units such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can drastically reduce your family's exposure to the high levels of ozone that can develop during the summer. Improve their health and yours this season with a home air purifier.

  • Largest real-time environmental experiment further ties air pollution to heart health

    In order to achieve acceptable air quality in time for the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Chinese government imposed significant regulations in Beijing. By decreasing the number of cars allowed on the road by 50 percent as well as shutting down local factories and construction projects, the nation was able to achieve air quality that met the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) standards, The Atlantic reports.

    Researchers took this opportunity to examine 125 healthy, young locals to measure heart health during the Olympics, and continued the experiment when air conditions and pollution rose back to previous levels.

    "We hypothesized that biomarkers of cardiovascular health would change as air pollution levels change," Dr. Junfeng Zhang, Professor of Environmental and Global Health at USC, and senior author on the study, told The Atlantic. "And that is, in fact, what we found."

    According to the study, as pollution levels decreased, the cardiovascular risk found in participants also dropped. In compliance with this finding, as pollution levels increased, there was indication of a greater negative impact on health.

    These findings are just as applicable in the U.S. as in China. In metro areas such as New York City or Los Angeles, air quality is a common fear. Homeowners concerned about the impact of pollution can invest in the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier to improve indoor air quality and reduce heart risks.

  • American Lung Association brings EPA to court

    According to claims made by the American Lung Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is failing to protect America’s health.

    The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to examine federal air quality standards in light of on-going scientific study to identify harmful pollutants and improve preventative technology. The suit follows the EPA filing a brief in federal court stating that they would not complete the mandatory review until August 15, 2012 - almost 22 months after the federally mandated deadline, reports Channel 7 ABC Local.

    "From a legal point of view, this case is about enforcing the deadline, but the reason that enforcing that deadline is so important is because the standards that are in place right now are known not to be adequate to protect public health," Paul Cort, an attorney representing the American Lung Association, told the news source.

    Homeowners concerned about the impact of poor air quality can invest in a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus to reduce exposure to toxins that have been linked to increased risk of heart attack, stroke and some cancers. If the EPA is failing to meet the mandatory deadlines set by the Clean Air Act, it may be more important than ever for the average homeowner to protect his or her home and loved ones.

  • Living near roadways linked with death for heart attack survivors

    According to new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation, heart attack survivors living near roadways could face an increased risk of death. The study involved 3,547 people who were hospitalized for heart attack in 64 medical centers across the United States between 1989 and 1996.

    Participants that lived less than 100 meters (328 feet) from a roadway have a 27 percent increased risk of dying over the following 10 years than those living 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) away.

    While air pollution has already been linked to increased risk of heart attack and stroke, this is the first time it has been suggested that further exposure could result in death.

    "We think there is exposure to a combination of air pollution near these roadways and other exposure, such as excessive noise or stress from living close to the roadway, that may contribute to the study findings," said Murray A. Mittleman, M.D., Dr.PH, study author.

    Homeowners concerned about the welfare of their loved one can invest in a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier to reduce exposure to deadly toxins.

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