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  • Best home for asthma-stricken children involves powerful air filter

    Habitat for Humanity recently teamed up with healthcare company Merck's Build Smart, Breathe Easier program to create a special asthma-friendly home for a family whose two young daughters have both been hospitalized numerous times because of their asthma. Many of the steps taken to create this home involved working to reduce airborne particles that can exacerbate severe asthma.

    These changes involved installing hard flooring rather than carpeting for easier cleaning, special allergen-free paint and most importantly, powerful air filters to keep ventilation from bringing in pollution or toxins from outside.

    If you have a child with asthma and you'd like to keep your home safe, consider installing an IQAir Perfect16 Whole House Air Purifier, available from FreshAirPro. This medical-grade air purifier boasts the highest possible industry rating for whole house air cleaning and filters 100 percent of all moving air in the home.

    It removes up to 95 percent of most irritants, including bacterias, mold spores, pollens, pollutants and a variety of other airborne toxins. To protect your family and keep the air in your home cleaner than it ever has been, look to the medical-grade purifiers we sell at FreshAirPro.

  • EPA's clean air restrictions gain backing in the days before the final version is released

    This is a big week for the Environmental Protection Agency, as Friday is the day it releases its final version of the controversial extension to the historic Clean Air Act.

    There has been much debate over these changes, with opponents of the change arguing that the effect the new laws will have on the economy would be disastrous when piled on to the already shaky financial foothold the nation has found. Supporters argue that the amount saved in the long run will more than outweigh any temporary drops, as the resulting increase in human life and health will severely reduce medical expenses while improving the environment greatly.

    The bill's detractors claim that the changes will also affect energy-producing factories and severely affect the national power grid. The EPA responds with claims that the majority of current energy-production facilities will have no problem coping with the changes, and the ones that might have an issue will be inspired to put more effort into researching and implementing cleaner energy to keep business going.

    While the debate rages on, the air near your home may remain full of toxins. To combat this, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier to keep your home clean and healthy.

  • Tempe leads the area in clean air technology

    Tempe is a city in Arizona that borders the state capitol of Phoenix, and it has put a lot of effort into keeping its air as clean as possible for its citizens. During the 24th annual Clean Air Campaign luncheon, Tempe was awarded for the efforts it has made to keep pollution and emissions down.

    Tempe was especially recognized for its attempt at making transportation as green as possible. One of the ways the city has accomplished this is by encouraging and celebrating bikers rather than drivers. The Tour de Tempe is an annual free 10-mile bike race that is meant to show bicyclists the many bike paths and routes residents can regularly enjoy.

    The city also sponsors a 'ride your bike to work day' that includes various restaurants and event locations that have giveaways and free meals for participants. City employees are required to use public transportation where possible, and Tempe spends part of its transportation budget just buying passes for these employees. The city even plays host to a fleet of carbon-neutral taxis.

    Though there are many efforts to make air clean all over the country, there is always more to do. To keep your home cleaner, consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier to keep your family safe and healthy all year long.

  • Invest in an IQAir Perfect16 Whole House Air Purifier to keep your family healthy this winter

    As the winter draws nearer and the weather grows colder, many people spend more time wrapped in blankets on the couch, savoring the warmth and comfort of the indoors. But with the entire family spending more and more time in the house, they must pay more attention to the quality of the air they're breathing.

    Homes can quickly fill with allergens like dust, especially when accompanied by pet dander and hair (and the growing amount of dead skin cells left in the home). While staying indoors may feel great for your comfort, it may be worse for your lungs. Allergens and toxins remain airborne and may even have built up in your heating ducts, which encourages it to spread even more when the hot air is constantly blowing.

    To combat these lung irritants, consider investing in an IQAir Perfect16 Whole House Air Purifier. While many purifiers may work for small areas like an office or a bedroom, the IQAir is a house-wide system that cleans the air being circulated through your heating or air conditioning system. With its low air resistance and medical-grade filtration, the only difference you'll notice in your home is how easy it is to breathe.

  • Chinese air pollution the cause of protests

    This week, air pollution in China became a national concern as heavy smog in Beijing grounded hundreds of flights due to visibility issues. The U.S. Embassy in China now routinely takes samples and studies of the air quality for study, and the information is available through their Twitter feed. Their readings during the worst of this smog crisis were literally so high that the chart the American EPA uses to classify pollution-related health risks didn't have a rating high enough.

    In the meantime, Chinese government readings were significantly lower due to the fact that they have created a different scale that ignores many of the pollution-causing particles and only measures certain pollutants. This allows their readings to be significantly lower.

    While the average Chinese citizen has no access to Twitter, the embassy's readings have been reposted in so many places that the news was received by the public and has been the cause of a rising online protest.

    If nothing else, this event shows that all forms of pollutants are dangerous, regardless of context. If you want to protect your family, whether traveling overseas or just in your own home, invest in a medical-grade air purifier and keep the air in your home fresh, clean and healthy.

  • Consider bringing an IQAir HealthPro Plus on your next extended stay in Beijing

    Residents of Beijing, China, have had it worse than Los Angelenos do when it comes to dealing with smog. Images from this major city are often full of members of the public wandering the streets with gas masks over their faces.

    The 2008 Olympics were a positive step for the city, and to appeal to the world audience and dignitaries, China took many emergency measures to clean the air in and around the city. This improvement lasted for a short time after the games, but it seems the city has since taken a turn for the worse, as smog became so heavy recently that Beijing's International Airport had to cancel and ground hundreds of flights until the smog cleared four days later.

    U.S. pollution measurements are measured on a scale of 500, where the higher number indicates the worst air quality. During the worst part of the smog issue, readings in Beijing were literally greater than the index allowed for.

    Though the smog has lifted and the air is now listed at a moderate rating, if you or someone you know plans to make an extended trip to Beijing anytime soon, it may be a good idea to send them with an IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier to protect their health during their travels.

  • 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.

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