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  • Many Americans live near roads with high air pollution

    Individuals may take steps to keep pollution and chemicals out of your home, but the proximity of a house to major roads could be a significant factor in the amount of toxins found within it. A recent study from a researcher at the University of New Mexico, published in the journal Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, examined just how the location of a home and pollution levels are connected. 

    According to the study, almost one-fifth of the U.S. population lives within 500 meters, or 1,640 feet, of heavy traffic. That includes about 35 million people who live within 300 feet of a major roadway. While this proximity may be convenient for transportation, it exposes residents to a variety of pollutants that can cause asthma and even lung cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported. 

    The state with the largest portion of residents living in polluted areas was California. According to the study, about 40 percent of the population in The Golden State lives close to a busy road that could be a source of pollution. Despite the number of people close to these problem areas, little is currently being done to monitor air pollution in regions across the country. 

    To cut down on the pollutants that are present in a home, invest in air purifiers. Products like the IQAir GC MultiGas can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, making it easy to keep the atmosphere inside a home clean and safe while also decreasing the chance of suffering from certain health issues. 

  • Vacuums found to produce harmful dust

    Most homeowners think that vacuuming helps to keep their homes clean. While the action may help improve the appearance of a room, it could be causing some health issues to inhabitants. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Queensland and Laval University found that vacuums create an aerosolized dust containing harmful bacteria and mold. 

    Published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, the study claims that the vacuum dust carries mold and bacteria, some of which carried antibiotic resistance genes or toxin genes. This dust can be extremely irritating for infants or people with allergies or respiratory issues, and it may even be the source of unsolved medical problems. 

    "Our results show that although vacuum operation is typically brief, vacuum emissions can release appreciable quantities of human-derived bacteria," researcher wrote in the study. "Such emissions could potentially lead to inhalation of infectious or allergenic aerosols." 

    Instead of giving up vacuuming out of fear of this dust, homeowners may want to invest in a professional-grade product that will work to clear the air of a wide variety of toxins and vapors. Air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas are an excellent option for those who want to breathe easy in their own home. 

  • Vacuums found to produce harmful dust

    Most homeowners think that vacuuming helps to keep their homes clean. While the action may help improve the appearance of a room, it could be causing some health issues to inhabitants. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Queensland and Laval University found that vacuums create an aerosolized dust containing harmful bacteria and mold. 

    Published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, the study claims that the vacuum dust carries mold and bacteria, some of which carried antibiotic resistance genes or toxin genes. This dust can be extremely irritating for infants or people with allergies or respiratory issues, and it may even be the source of unsolved medical problems. 

    "Our results show that although vacuum operation is typically brief, vacuum emissions can release appreciable quantities of human-derived bacteria," researcher wrote in the study. "Such emissions could potentially lead to inhalation of infectious or allergenic aerosols." 

    Instead of giving up vacuuming out of fear of this dust, homeowners may want to invest in a professional-grade product that will work to clear the air of a wide variety of toxins and vapors. Air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas are an excellent option for those who want to breathe easy in their own home. 

  • Airborne mold spores reach dangerous levels in the Midwest

    People throughout the U.S. may be happy to be breathing in the crisp fall air, but some residents in the Midwest have to deal with unwanted toxins. The Gottlieb Allergy Count, which acts as the official allergen evaluation standard for the American Midwest, recently found that the level of mold in the air at the end of September was approaching dangerously high levels.

    "The heat, the humidity and the rains have created a dangerous concentration of mold that is a real health hazard for many in the Midwest today," said Dr. Joseph Leija, an allergist who has conducted the Gottlieb Allergy Count in the region for more than 20 years. 

    On Sept. 20, the mold count reached 125,000, which is the largest so far in 2013 and considerably more than the 50,000 threshold that signals poor air quality. Individuals suffering from allergy symptoms may experience headaches, itchy throats and congestion as a result of this high mold count. The increased presence of mold also means it may be difficult for individuals to find relief. 

    This study emphasizes the need for individuals to take certain precautions to protect themselves from airborne mold spores. Those who purchase a high-end home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus will be able to breathe more freely even when the mold count is high. 

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