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  • How to rid your new home of smoke smells

    Moving into a new home is an exciting time for most people, but learning a smoker previously lived in the space can be an instant downer. The Mayo Clinic reports smoking in a home can result in thirdhand smoke, an issue that stems from residual nicotine and other chemicals getting trapped in indoor surfaces such as rugs. 

    Unfortunately, getting rid of such residue is not as easy as simply opening up the windows and airing the space out, but there ways to get the job done.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports the task of removing cigarette smells from a home is a bit lengthy, and includes cleaning all the carpets with a quality carpet cleaner and then vacuuming the rugs approximately 15 minutes after the application. Washing down the walls with an all-purpose detergent and leaving small bowls of white vinegar in rooms that are most pungent can also aid in the cleaning process. 

    In order to rid the space of thirdhand smoke, it might be smart to invest in an air purifier like Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 to help boost clean air in the home. A medical-grade air purifier like this will help remove smoke residue, allowing families to enjoy their new space comfortably. 

  • Benefits of air purifiers

    Many people might assume that the air they breathe in their homes is fresh and clean. However, there are many factors that can negatively affect the air, ranging from pet dander and odors to garbage and chemicals from certain cleaners. Luckily, there are ways to freshen up air in the house, starting with installing an air purifier.

    Yahoo! Voices reports air purifiers go a long way in improving the quality of air people breathe. One of the most beneficial, is that it can help reduce or eliminate unpleasant smells naturally, or without the use of perfumed candles or sprays. 

    Air purifiers can do more than just remove smells, they also improve certain health problems such as asthma or pet allergies. The news source reports professional grade air purifiers work to remove impurities from the air, thus limiting allergens in a space. The less pollen or pet dander there is, the better people with such allergies can breathe.

    The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports more than 50 million Americans suffer from some form of allergies, while prevalence has increased steadily since the 1980s. Because of this, it might be smart for people to invest in Airgle PurePal Plus AG850 air purifiers to ensure loved ones have access to clean air in the home.

  • Air pollution partly to blame for rise in childhood asthma

    Air pollution is a serious problem around the nation, with high levels hovering around most of the major cities in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association. Not only does pollution like smog negatively affect a person's body and overall health, but it can also increase the risk of people suffering an early death from issues like heart attacks and stroke. 

    A recent study conducted by scientists from the University of Ulsan's College of Medicine has found a link between air pollution and an increased risk of childhood asthma. The link was made when youngsters also had a history of suffering from bronchiolitis, or inflammation of the bronchioles. Researchers found of the 1,743 children involved, those who had a history of bronchiolitis and who had been exposed to high levels of air pollution, where more likely to develop asthma as a result, in comparison to kids who did not have either problem. 

    "Together, these findings suggest that environmental control may improve respiratory health in children with atopy or bronchiolitis," said Soo-Jong Hong, lead author of the study.

    Even though strides are being made to reduce air pollution levels stateside, it may be helpful for families to install an air purifier like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 into the home to give children a chance to enjoy fresh air in their dwellings.

  • Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno talks living with asthma

    U.S. Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno earns a living on the ice, giving his all to his sport. However, while training for the 2002 Games, he was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma, a discovery that not only helped him rethink how he trained, but has since allowed him to shed light on the common condition, the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Ohno told the news outlet he had been experiencing certain symptoms - a tight chest, difficulty breathing and decreased endurance - but had no idea it was exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB). In fact, he was shocked to learn EIB was the culprit, but instead of quitting, he learned to deal with the condition. Ohno admitted he now uses an inhaler when he feels symptoms coming on, adding EIB hasn't stopped him from going after his goals.

    The latter is what he wants to get across to others with EIB, that anything is possible. Ohno has since become the face of EIB and has helped set up a program called EIB All Stars, which helps others with the condition learn about EIB and encourages them to go after their dreams no matter what. reports nearly 80 percent of all people with asthma also have EIB, while between 5 and 10 percent of people without asthma develop EIB. Inhalers go a long way in helping to curb the side effects of both conditions, as does installing home air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal AG800 in the house to ensure sufferers are breathing in fresh, clean air.

  • Salt Lake City officials make changes to tackle air pollution

    Side effects of air pollution and smog have continued to come out in recent years, and members of the Utah Division of Air Quality are looking to make some serious changes around the region. Fox 13 News reports the group met recently to discuss the state's air pollution levels, and ways to reduce areas with the highest rates.

    This winter alone, Utah has had 22 red air days, while the state had just five last year. Red days refer to days of excessive PM pollution. During the recent discussions, board members decided wood-burning boilers that heat homes will no longer be legal in counties with high pollution rates. More regulations are set to be put in place in the near future - the state hopes to reduce its air pollution by 30 percent by 2014. 

    Curbing air pollution in the U.S. is growing increasingly important. A new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has found there is a small, but real link between air pollution and lower birth weights for babies. 

    It may be hard to control air pollution outside of the home, but families can breathe easy in their own dwellings by investing in home air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal Plus AG850. This way family members will benefit from only clean air while in the house.

  • Study finds pesticides that spread through air, food, increase risk of type 2 diabetes

    Type 2 diabetes is a serious problem in the United States - nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, with 90 to 95 percent of diagnoses being type 2 diabetes, reports. In many cases people develop this problem due to being overweight or obese, but a new study has found exposure to pesticides in their food and the air could also be to blame. 

    Scientists from the University of Granada came to this conclusion after analyzing the concentrations of a specific group of Persistent Organic Pollutants (CPOs) in the adipose (fat) tissue of 386 participants. Researchers discovered patients with higher levels of CPOs were four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes in comparison to their counterparts who were exposed to fewer pesticides. These results held true regardless of patients' age, gender or body mass index. Despite the surprising finding, more research needs to be conducted to figure out the link between pesticides and diabetes.

    Since some pesticides are found in foods and the air, people should take certain precautions to limit how exposed they are to CPOs. Washing produce thoroughly and investing in home air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal MultiGas AG950 are real options. The latter works to filtrate the air, allowing families to breathe in only the cleanest, most pure air.

  • Cold air brings asthma woes

    Asthma is a common condition, affecting close to 19 million American adults and more than 7 million children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though asthma is so prevalent, there is no permanent way to curb its effects, and certain triggers in nature, such as changing of seasons, can negatively impact sufferers. 

    Winter is one season in which asthma patients can feel a bit more out of breath due to breathing in colder air on a regular basis. NBC affiliate WGEM reports that despite the fact that most people can't avoid dealing with dropping temperatures in the colder months, there are ways to help people with asthma feel better. 

    Dr. Lane Real told the news station one of the best ways for sufferers to breathe better in winter is to wear a scarf over their nose and mouths to help warm up the air they're taking in. People should also take their inhalers along with them no matter if they're running to the store or are just going for a brisk walk - when it comes to asthma it's better to be safe than sorry. Another option for keeping breathing under control in the winter is to invest in a medical grade home air purifier like the Airgle PurePal AG800 to ensure a sufferer is breathing in fresh air that is free from allergens and other pollutants in the house.

  • More emphasis placed on keeping healthcare facilities clean due to flu season

    Flu season varies in severity each year, with the 2012-2013 season being among the worst in recent history. Influenza has been recorded in 47 states already and many cases are being caused by an especially strong strand, making sufferers sicker, according to The Associated Press.

    The best line of defense against the flu is to get vaccinated - it's been reported this year's batch is 62 percent effective, and medical experts are urging all people over the age of 6 months to get one. Despite the warning, the number of people visiting their doctors with flu-like symptoms rose from 2.8 percent in 2011 to 5.6 percent during the last few weeks of 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

    Doctor's offices are typically a hot spot for many germs and viruses to linger and this notion may be even more true during flu season. A recent study out of Wake Forest School of Medicine found flu patients can emit small virus-containing particles into the air during routine checkups - putting doctors, nurses and other patients at risk. A great way to reduce the spreading of germs may be for doctors to invest in medical grade air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 for the office. These high-end products can clear the stale air in the space, while working to eliminate germs to prevent illness from spreading.

  • Air quality advocates in Utah reach out to local leaders

    In Utah, activists are asking local administrators to dedicate resources toward improving the state's air quality levels. According to the Deseret News, a group of air quality advocates met on January 26, 2013, to discuss possible ways for Utah officials to address air pollution throughout the state

    "I feel frustrated and I feel angry at our political leaders for not taking action on what [residents] consider to be one of the most important issues," Cherise Udell, founder of Utah Moms for Clean Air, told the news source.

    Udell noted that air quality activists are creating a pledge that lawmakers could sign to show their support for eliminating air pollution. Additionally, the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, which represents medical professionals across the state, recently sent a petition to Governor Gary Herbert to urge state officials to find solutions to various air quality issues. 

    With a high-end air purifier like the IQAir® GC MultiGas, people can receive effective gas and odor control. The unit is a reliable choice for business operators and homeowners because if offers high-efficiency particulate filtration by removing more than 97 percent of particles before they reach the gas phase. 

  • Missouri leaders discuss concerns about ozone levels

    Missouri officials are evaluating ozone levels in the southern part of the state due to data that shows high levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and oxides of nitrogen. According to the Southeast Missourian, members of the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission's Air Quality Committee recently discussed air pollution readings and possible solutions to various air quality problems in the area. 

    David Grimes, deputy director of the planning commission in Perryville, Missouri, provided commission representatives with information from a "Path Forward" awareness plan. The strategy is designed to reduce air pollution and expand the state's voluntary compliance options in regards to federal standards.

    However, Grimes noted that fully recognizing the data's value is critical to improve air quality throughout the region. 

    "We need to make sure we understand the numbers," Grimes told the news source.

    VOCs can cause major problems for commercial and residential property owners, but the IQAir® GC VOC can help business operators and homeowners eliminate such issues. The air purifier is specifically designed for people who need to control VOCs and includes an advanced filter cartridge design that optimizes molecular filtration for a wide range of gaseous chemicals and odors. 

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