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  • Look beyond the home when fighting allergies

    Fighting allergies is not something that is only done inside a home. Most people who deal with spring allergies must contend with irritants while they are driving, exercising, socializing or working, and the allergens can prove to be especially distracting during these times. Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks that should help and individuals breathe easier at all times - even if they are in a car. 

    Most people will probably be spending lots of time in their vehicles during the coming weeks, whether just for their work commutes or for long road trips. First, all drivers should make sure to change their car's air filter. This can become clogged, which then allows allergens to make their way to the interior.

    It's also a good idea to keep a pair of sunglasses on hand in the car, as irritants can aggravate the eyes. Glasses can keep many of these particles from coming into contact with the eyes while also ensuring that watery eyes are not as affected by the bright sun. 

    Drivers should also be sure to regularly wash their cars so the vehicles don't become pollen carriers. Individuals will have to leave the comforts of their homes sometime in the spring, and even those with the best home air purifiers around a space will face challenges outdoors. Let the IQAir HealthPro Plus take care of a home while these tips ease allergies behind the wheel. 

  • Plan daily schedules around spring allergies

    Experts predict that spring 2014 could be one of the worst for allergy sufferers in recent memory. While some individuals choose to invest in home air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus to find relief, there are a few other strategies that could pay off as well. A combination of smart planning and wise investments can go a long way toward providing relief for anyone with allergies. 

    Some people may want to organize their daily schedules so as to avoid the times when irritants are at their peak. For example, the Daily News noted that dust particles are at their most plentiful at dusk and dawn. Individuals who are affected by dust may want to stay inside during these hours, switching around activities like outdoor exercise if possible. 

    It may seem obvious, but the source noted that something as simple as closing windows can prove to be effective. Though mild temperatures and gentle breezes are certainly enticing, it's easy for allergens to creep into a home. Air purifiers may be helpful in these situations, but the best method is to leave windows and doors shut, especially during the times of day when pollen and dust are everywhere. 

  • State of the Air study finds pollution remains a problem

    The American Lung Association produces an annual "State of the Air" report, and the 2014 findings showed some disheartening news for much of the nation. According to the research, nearly half of the U.S. population lives in areas with dangerously high air pollution. 

    Although many organizations are working to improve air quality, more Americans are contending with potentially unhealthy air pollution. The study found that 47 percent of people reside in counties with high levels of ozone or particulate pollution, CBS News reported. That represents a 5 percent increase from last year. 

    Of course, air quality varied by region. Some of the worst areas were in California, as Los Angeles-Long Beach measured the highest ozone levels and Fresno-Madera had the most particle pollution. The best air was measured in pockets across the U.S., including Bangor, Maine; Bismarck, North Dakota; Cape Coral, Florida; and Salinas, California, the source reported. 

    There are steps that individuals can take to improve their environment, regardless of where they are. For example, many choose to invest in an air cleaner purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This device clears the air of many common irritants and pollutants that otherwise cause harm. 

  • E-cigarettes still pose health risks

    Many individuals fully realize that cigarettes are bad for personal and public health, and as a result a significant segment of people have made strides to quit smoking. For some, this means relying on devices such as e-cigarettes, which are designed to simulate traditional smoking without many of the harmful chemicals. 

    Unfortunately, a recent study found that e-cigarettes pose their own health risks. Research from RTI International showed that vapors from e-cigarettes contain small particles and chemicals that can make respiratory conditions worse. The problems are particularly significant among teenagers and youths, accelerating asthma and bronchitis, as well as other issues.

    With little to no regulations regarding the use of e-cigarettes, the problem may only get worse before it gets better. 

    "The emerging trend of e-cigarette use is posing public health concerns and new issues for regulatory agencies," said Dr. Jonathan Thornburg, a senior research engineer at RTI. "E-cigarettes produce a significant number of very small particles that impact a teen user's airway viability." 

    Luckily, there are ways for individuals to improve their personal health, at least within their homes. Home air purifiers such as the IQAir GC MultiGas can clear the air of smoke and odors, as well as other chemicals put into the air by all kinds of cigarettes. This could prove extremely beneficial for anyone who want to enhance an indoor space.

  • Climate change may worsen pollution

    Many people across the country are worried about climate change. Regardless of whether they are most concerned with rising temperatures or melting polar ice caps, they also have to be cognizant of issues like air pollution, as this may be closely tied to climate change. 

    According to a new study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, climate change may make air pollution worse. Researchers found that Americans could experience as much as a 70 percent increase in unhealthy summer ozone levels by the year 2050. That would expose individuals to a host of harmful chemicals and gases. 

    "It doesn't matter where you are in the United States - climate change has the potential to make your air worse," said Gabriele Pfister, the lead author of the study. "A warming planet doesn't just mean rising temperatures. It also means risking more summertime pollution and the health impacts that come with it." 

    Individuals concerned about their air quality, especially in an indoor space, should consider investing in a professional-grade home air purifier. Options like the IQAir GC MultiGas can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, including smoke and chemicals, which would otherwise cause harm to people. 

  • Climate change may worsen pollution

    Many people across the country are worried about climate change. Regardless of whether they are most concerned with rising temperatures or melting polar ice caps, they also have to be cognizant of issues like air pollution, as this may be closely tied to climate change. 

    According to a new study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, climate change may make air pollution worse. Researchers found that Americans could experience as much as a 70 percent increase in unhealthy summer ozone levels by the year 2050. That would expose individuals to a host of harmful chemicals and gases. 

    "It doesn't matter where you are in the United States - climate change has the potential to make your air worse," said Gabriele Pfister, the lead author of the study. "A warming planet doesn't just mean rising temperatures. It also means risking more summertime pollution and the health impacts that come with it." 

    Individuals concerned about their air quality, especially in an indoor space, should consider investing in a professional-grade home air purifier. Options like the IQAir GC MultiGas can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, including smoke and chemicals, which would otherwise cause harm to people. 

  • Asthma contributes to bone loss, study shows

    People with asthma have a lot on their plates. Not only do they have to deal with the typical symptoms, such as coughing and wheezing, as well as inhalers, but these individuals also must contend with the side effects of the condition. Among the most prevalent is osteoporosis. 

    One recent study found that adults with certain characteristics of asthma were more likely to have significantly lower bone density than those without the respiratory condition. According to Fox News, the trait in question is called airway hyperresponsiveness, which occurs when the airway and lungs are extra sensitive to particles and irritants. 

    Hyperresponsiveness can lead to an increased number of asthma attacks and general difficulty breathing. While that is enough to be concerned with, patients who exhibit signs of this also need to be aware of the potential for bone loss, which could lead to even more health problems down the line. 

    The good news is devices such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can act as the ideal complement to any indoor space. This home air purifier can clear the air of many particles and irritants that regularly bother individuals with asthma and similar respiratory conditions, allowing them to relax in their own homes. 

  • Asthma contributes to bone loss, study shows

    People with asthma have a lot on their plates. Not only do they have to deal with the typical symptoms, such as coughing and wheezing, as well as inhalers, but these individuals also must contend with the side effects of the condition. Among the most prevalent is osteoporosis. 

    One recent study found that adults with certain characteristics of asthma were more likely to have significantly lower bone density than those without the respiratory condition. According to Fox News, the trait in question is called airway hyperresponsiveness, which occurs when the airway and lungs are extra sensitive to particles and irritants. 

    Hyperresponsiveness can lead to an increased number of asthma attacks and general difficulty breathing. While that is enough to be concerned with, patients who exhibit signs of this also need to be aware of the potential for bone loss, which could lead to even more health problems down the line. 

    The good news is devices such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can act as the ideal complement to any indoor space. This home air purifier can clear the air of many particles and irritants that regularly bother individuals with asthma and similar respiratory conditions, allowing them to relax in their own homes. 

  • Country air is good for respiratory health, study shows

    Air quality can differ greatly from cities to the country. According to a recent study from the University of Colorado at Boulder, people in crowded urban areas tend to have higher rates of asthma, allergies and similar respiratory conditions. Part of this may be attributed to the lack of certain microbes in the air, as these particles are present in more rural regions and improve the health of residents. 

    These microbes boost the immune system, according to the study. When individuals are not breathing in the particles, however, their immune systems may not be as able to fight off infections or breakdowns, causing a number of otherwise preventable disorders. 

    "Chronic inflammation can lead to all kinds of problems from irritable bowel syndrome to asthma to allergies and even depression," said Christopher Lowry, the co-author of the study. "The rise of chronic inflammation and these associated disorders, especially among people living in the cities of developed countries, is troubling." 

    There are still options for people who live in urban areas. Home air purifiers such as the IQAir GC MultiGas are effective at clearing the air of a wide variety of pollutants. These devices can provide welcome relief for anyone who does not get as much of the fresh country air as they would like. 

  • Country air is good for respiratory health, study shows

    Air quality can differ greatly from cities to the country. According to a recent study from the University of Colorado at Boulder, people in crowded urban areas tend to have higher rates of asthma, allergies and similar respiratory conditions. Part of this may be attributed to the lack of certain microbes in the air, as these particles are present in more rural regions and improve the health of residents. 

    These microbes boost the immune system, according to the study. When individuals are not breathing in the particles, however, their immune systems may not be as able to fight off infections or breakdowns, causing a number of otherwise preventable disorders. 

    "Chronic inflammation can lead to all kinds of problems from irritable bowel syndrome to asthma to allergies and even depression," said Christopher Lowry, the co-author of the study. "The rise of chronic inflammation and these associated disorders, especially among people living in the cities of developed countries, is troubling." 

    There are still options for people who live in urban areas. Home air purifiers such as the IQAir GC MultiGas are effective at clearing the air of a wide variety of pollutants. These devices can provide welcome relief for anyone who does not get as much of the fresh country air as they would like. 

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