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  • First-ever no-burn alert issued for Southland

    For the first time ever, a no-burn alert order has been issued for Southland. A majority of the Los Angeles population is being asked to not light wood-burning fireplaces or open fire pits. The Los Angeles Times reports that the intent of the restriction is to reduce the levels of air pollution surrounding the city.

    The new program was adopted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and applies to residents in West Hollywood, Burbank, the downtown area and many in the eastern portion of the San Fernando Valley. Violating the order comes with a $50 fine for first-time offenders.

    "Over 1 million homes actively use fireplaces to burn wood in Los Angeles,'' Sam Atwood, an agency spokesman at the South Coast Air Quality Management District, told the news source. "That results in four times the particulate pollution created by all of the power plants in the basin."

    Homeowners looking to reduce the presence of fine particulate matter within their house regardless of what time of year it is can purchase an IQAir HealthPro Plus Air. The medical-grade quality unit is intended to limit potential respiratory aggravators.

  • Most common air pollutants in America

    Americans concerned about the presence of air pollution in their community can monitor the posted concentrations of the six most common pollutants in the United Stated. The Environmental Protection Agency tracks levels of ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and lead.

    The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards for these six pollutants because they can be harmful to people's health and the environment and even cause property damage. These pollutants are tracked in two ways: by air concentration levels based on actual measurements of pollutant concentration in outside air at selected monitoring sites and by emission estimates made by experienced engineers and scientists.

    The limits based on human health requirements are referred to as primary standards. Another set of regulated levels, called secondary standards, is intended to prevent environmental and property damage.

    By investing in a home air purifier, a person can further limit the presence of common air pollutants in his or her house. The IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can improve air quality within a home and help everyone remain safe and healthy.

  • Link between autism and air pollution strengthens

    New research shows that children with autism are two to three times more likely than other children to have been previously exposed to air pollution during infancy. Time Magazine reports that the study's findings were published in the Archives of General Psychiatry and show a link between early exposure to air pollution and autism spectrum disorders.

    "We're not saying that air pollution causes autism. We're saying it may be a risk factor for autism," Heather Volk, lead author on the new study and an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California, told the news source. "Autism is a complex disorder and it’s likely there are many factors contributing."

    The news source claims that researchers analyzed 500 children living in California. According to the study, children in the top 25 percent of pollution exposure were more likely to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder than kids in the bottom 25 percent of the pollution level scale.

    New parents or those about to become parents can install a home air purifier to reduce the presence of harmful air pollutants in the home. An IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air purifier can improve air quality in a house and potentially have a positive impact on a child's health.

  • Air pollution warning issued for southwestern New Hampshire

    Air pollution levels rose to unhealthy levels in southwestern New Hampshire during peak holiday travel times last week. As a result, officials from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services advised that sensitive individuals in the region take precautions and protect their health by limiting exposure, reports The Keene Sentinel.

    The elderly, young children and those afflicted with respiratory conditions like asthma or bronchitis should consider spending time indoors and limiting strenuous activity when air quality warnings are released. According to the news source, the department forecast high concentration levels of fine particulate matter due to temperature conditions and increased travel volumes.

    Air quality has been linked to numerous health effects, which is why a homeowner may find investing in a IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air purifier an ideal way to reduce air pollutants in a house. The unit effectively removes common air pollutants - allowing individuals to breathe easier. A home air purifier can allow a person to feel comfortable and safe in his or her house.

  • Air pollution negatively impacts seniors' health

    Many people already know that air pollution is a particular problem for vulnerable groups like senior citizens. However, new research indicates that fine particulate matter may actually be detrimental to seniors' cognitive abilities.

    According to researchers, older adults may be more vulnerable to the negative health effects of air pollution exposure than middle age people due to age-related declines in body functions. The study found that someone over the age of 50 who lives in an area with high levels of air pollution has a decreased ability to retain and apply information, according to Fun Education.

    "Air pollution has been linked to increased cardiovascular and respiratory problems, and even premature death, in older populations, and there is emerging evidence that exposure to particulate air pollution may have adverse effects on brain health and functioning as well," Jennifer Ailshire, a researcher at National Institute on Aging, told the source.

    Seniors and homeowners of any age group concerned about the negative effects of air pollution on a person's cognitive ability can invest in a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air purifier to limit the presence of fine particulate matter in a house.

  • Study finds designated smoking areas ineffective

    The Washington Dulles International Airport is not only one of the busiest are transportation hubs in the United States, but it is also one of the smokiest. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, busy American airports that allow smoking in designated terminal areas register air pollution levels five times higher than completely smoke-free airports.

    NewsChannel 8 reports that areas designated for smoking in the airport such as certain bars, restaurants and other rooms registered pollution levels 23 times higher than in smoke-free airports despite the installation of air pollution control technology such as high-end ventilation systems.

    "The findings...further confirm that ventilated smoking rooms and designated smoking areas are not effective," Dr. Tim McAfee, the director of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, told the news source.

    Raised air pollution levels from smoking are a growing concern among travelers and homeowners. People who rent apartments or own condos in combined buildings may find smoke lingering from past tenants or coming from connecting ventilation shafts. Using a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air purifier can reduce the presence of fine particulate matter in a home.

  • Air quality watch issued as result of a Coon Creek fire

    An air quality watch has been issued following a fire near Coon Creek in San Luis Obispo County. The Santa Maria Times reports that the health watch was issued by the county Public Health Department and the Air Pollution Control District.

    The smoke from the fire is traveling downwind and is negatively impacting air quality as monitoring stations record elevated levels of fine particulate matter and soot in Santa Maria and Lompoc.

    Those people who are considered "at risk," like the elderly, children and those with heart or lung disease or any respiratory condition, should remain indoors. Anyone experiencing shortness of breath or elevated levels of coughing are advised to monitor their condition to determine if going to a hospital or medical clinic is warranted.

    Smoke and fine particulate levels can negatively impact the health of anyone at any age. Concerned individuals can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of these pollutants throughout the year. A unit like IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air purifier benefits everyone spending significant time in a space.

  • New York City's air quality goes under the microscope

    In a new study, researchers are learning that the air quality of an individual neighborhood can reveal the local culture and industry of the area. While the New York Daily News reports that all residents of the Big Apple are regularly breathing in bacteria, pollen, clothing fibers, fungus, tire rubber, dead skin cells, cooking fat and carbon emissions, certain communities have higher levels of individual pollutants than others.

    According to scientist Bill Logan, who conducted the research, the air quality of a neighborhood is like an invisible stamp of its businesses, lifestyle and culture. For example, in midtown there were a high number of skin cells from all races, potentially a reflection of the diverse population. In contrast, in Williamsburg there were high levels of blue jeans, tire rubber, nail polish and pollen. The news source reports that this combination has been dubbed "the hipster sample."

    A homeowner concerned about the health effects of breathing in fine particulate matter – regardless of what community he or she lives in - can purchase a home air purifier. A unit like the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air purifier reduces air pollution levels in a house to improve the health of residents.

  • Study finds costs associated with energy production

    A new study from the American Lung Association (ALA) claims that air quality in many parts of the United States has improved. However, the agency's first State of the Air report revealed that unhealthy levels of air pollution still remain in parts of the country.

    Over 127 million people, or about 41 percent of the nation, still inhale high levels of air pollution. In addition, over 5.7 million people, or 1.9 percent of the country, live in counties with unhealthy levels of all three types of measurable air pollutants, including ozone, short-term and year-round particulate pollution.

    Air pollution cost the nation about $120 billion in healthcare costs due to electricity production, transportation and heating in 2005 - the latest year will complete data. Air pollution is a serious health threat, as Americans continue to learn about the impact of fine particulate matter and smog on their health, they may decide to take on a proactive approach at reducing their exposure.

    A home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air can limit the presence of common air pollutants and help keep a family breathing safe, healthier air.

  • California ready to auction pollution permits

    Soon, California's greenhouse gas emitters will have the option of buying pollution permits. CBS News reports that this is a landmark moment for the cap-and trade system, which was designed to control pollution emissions in a given region and encourage the adoption of green-technology.

    Environmentalists and legislatures have debated the effectiveness of a cap-and-trade system for a significant amount of time without a national solution. California's program is the most expansive option of its kind. The news source reports that this latest development is a key part of the state's 2006 climate change laws that are currently being implemented.

    More than 350 businesses will take part in the auction.

    "The auction will take place," said Evan Westrup, a spokesman for the governor, according to the news source. "We will be monitoring the program very closely and the Air Resources Board will make modifications as appropriate."

    Homeowners located in an area with a business that has purchased more permits from the cap-and-trade auction may want to consider using home air purifiers to reduce the presence of fine particulate matter.

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