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  • New study finds smoking increases pollution

    A new medical study by Otago University researchers in Wellington, New Zealand has found that cigarettes significantly increase air pollution. The study lasted five weeks and measured fine particulate matter linked to heart disease, decreased lung function and lung cancer, reports the New Zealand Herald.

    Air quality tests were conducted around 284 smokers at a shopping center at an average distance of about 8.5 feet. According to the research, air quality at that distance featured 70 percent more fine particles than areas with no smokers around. The mean pollution level measured near a smoker standing at a bus stop was 16 times higher than when there were no smokers present.

    ''[Smoking is] adding to air pollution. People are being exposed to this all the time, as well as industry pollution and home fires," said associate professor Nick Wilson, according to the news source.

    Homeowners living with a smoker or near neighbors that consume cigarettes can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of harmful toxins.

  • Watch out for Independence Day air pollution

    The Fourth of July is a national holiday in the United States, and residents across the country recently celebrated America's independence with colorful fireworks and bright explosions. However, many people fail to realize that the leftovers from these pyrotechnics can pollute the air for quite some time, and some municipal authorities even issue warnings to citizens.

    According to Fox 40, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in Northern California warned smoke pollution may cause lung infections, bronchitis and cardiac arrest. These are serious health conditions that can be triggered by byproducts from fireworks drifting in the air. In Chicago, ABC reported that ground-level ozone and fine particles will be prevalent enough to affect those with pre-existing respiratory and cardiac conditions. Other metro areas in the United States posted similar warnings due to higher than usual temperatures, which can aggravate ozone and particles amounts.

    If you live anywhere close to a fireworks display, it might be a good idea to invest in a home air purifier. Devices from IQAir can remove hazardous particles and harmful ash from the air in a home, and they are well suited to combat a spike in pollution levels after the Fourth of July.

  • Wisconsin improves air quality standards

    Wisconsin may seldom be mentioned when it comes to air pollution standards, but the state has recently been taking strides to reduce the production of harmful pollutants by factories and other industrial companies. Environmental Protection reported the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with Dairyland Power Cooperative (DPC) that will blanket power plants in Alma and Genoa, Wisconsin. The DPC will spend $150 million to improve pollution control technology.

    "This settlement will improve air quality in Wisconsin and downwind areas by significantly reducing releases of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and other harmful pollutants," said Ignacia S. Moreno, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice.

    The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin is expected to approve the settlement after a 30-day period. However, pollutants will still be leaked in some quantities, and even the strictest safety standards may not be able to prevent the release of harmful toxins. Those facing the risk of exposure to these and other harmful chemicals can invest in the IQAir GC MultiGas home air purifier. This device filters out everything from smog particles to allergens, and ensures the good health of any home occupant.

  • Is the air inside your home harming your health?

    Indoor air can contain toxic pollutants ranging from smog wafting from nearby highways to common household cleaners. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks Americans will experience.

    Undesirable levels of contaminants enter the home and recycle through air ventilation systems, and some mechanisms do not remove the majority of these toxins. Fine particulate matter and gaseous pollutants can aggravate and promote the development of an illness. The first includes dust, smoke, pollen, dander, tobacco smoke, mold, bacteria and other materials. The later refers to pollutants coming from combustion processes such as gas cooking stoves, vehicle exhaust and tobacco smoke.

    These and other pollutants are linked to aggravating respiratory illnesses such as asthma. In addition, these might increase a person’s risk of heart attack, stroke and even certain forms of cancer.

    Homeowners concerned about the negative impact of poor air quality can invest in an air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier. The right, medical-grade tool can reduce symptoms commonly linked to poor air quality.

  • Code red air quality in Atlanta

    Health officials from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Environmental Protection Division have issued a code red air quality alert for Atlanta for June 29, 2012. The record high temperatures, stagnant wind and increased levels of humidity will create unhealthy smog levels in the surrounding metro area.

    A code red signifies that everyone is at risk for respiratory problems due to the poor air quality. However, groups such as children, the elderly and those afflicted with asthma or other respiratory issues are particularly at risk.

    Homeowners concerned about the negative impacts of poor air quality can invest in a home air purifier. Implementing the use of technology such as IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can greatly reduce a person’s exposure to toxins and respiratory aggravators.

    Even on days labeled as unhealthy due to the combination of air pollutions and environmental factors, a homeowner can stay safe in their house with a home air purifier.

    The climate is not going to change in Atlanta, so make sure the right technology is taking care of you and your loved ones.

  • Ozone can negatively impact the heart in less than two hours

    Even healthy adults with no history of heart disease are not immune to the effects of ozone. According to a new report in the medical journal "Circulation," volunteers that spent two hours exercising while being exposed to ozone showed unfavorable changes in heart function.

    The changes included a surge in inflammation markers and decreased levels of enzymes that break down blood clots, which indicate a link between air pollution and heart disease. The study exposed 23 young people to air containing 0.3 parts per million of ozone, which is higher than normal levels in American cities yet not uncommon in Beijing or Mexico City.

    Exposure to even reduced levels of ozone can negatively impact heart health. While previous studies have linked the two together, this is the first to numerically track the impact of the pollutant on heart and lung health.

    Homeowners concerned about their exposure to ozone can invest in a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier. The medical-grade technology can help improve heart and lung health.

  • Allegheny County's new air quality standards set for release

    The Allegheny County Board of Health committee has crafted new air quality standards with the intent of raising guidelines to protect the public's health. The proposed regulations would be used to evaluate the impact of industrial emissions from regional industrial plants, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    The proposal took two years to develop and will be presented to the Health Board on July 11, 2012.

    "We need to wait and see how it works in practice, but I think the proposed policy is a good work product," Joe Osborne, legal director for the Group Against Smog and Pollution, told the news source. "The process included people of different perspectives who came in and worked hard to both produce something we could all agree on, and that also protects the health of Allegheny County residents."

    There are a number of industrial parks and factories in Allegheny County. The proposed regulations could improve regional air quality. However, homeowners looking for a more immediate solution to air toxins can invest in a home air purifier.

  • Renters concerned about home air quality

    According to a new survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, apartment dwellers are more concerned about their air quality than homeowners. A mix of 1,000 home owners and renters were surveyed, and the results showed 16 percent more renter respondents seriously fear health threats posed by poor indoor air quality. 

    "It's possible that because some renters live very close to their neighbors, they worry not only about themselves but also what their neighbors are doing that might impact their safety," said Elissa Schuler-Adair, Ph.D., a manager of survey research at the Consumer Reports National Research Center. "Over 40 percent of renters said they were very concerned about exposure to indoor air pollutants from neighboring dwellings."

    Renters concerned about indoor air quality can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of toxins. Dandruff, smoke and allergens created by previous tenants are often undetectable. However, the effects can be pronounced. Asthma and allergies are easily aggravated by the negative influence of these toxins.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can promote health for renters and homeowners.

  • Department of Environmental Protection announces air quality warning for all five Pennsylvania regions

    The Department of Environmental Protection and regional air quality entities forecast poor air quality for June 20, 2012 across Pennsylvania. Included in the warning are all five state regions: Lehigh Valley, Pittsburgh, Liberty-Clairton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley.

    Air quality for the day was predicted to reach code Orange levels, which represents unhealthy pollution concentrations. As such, the 24-hour period was labeled as an air quality action day to warn state residents. Locals considered at high risk and vulnerable to the effects of air pollution should limit time spent outside until the warning is lifted. This groups include children, seniors and those afflicted with respiratory problems like asthma and bronchitis,

    As summer continues and temperatures rise, the number of days reaching unhealthy levels of air pollution may increase. Ground-level ozone comprised of smog and fine particulate matter forms frequently in warm weather.

    Homeowners living near traffic areas can invest in a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier to reduce their risk of breathing in unhealthy pollutants.

  • New EPA laws target soot production

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed new air pollution regulations to increase the standards of fine particulate matter or soot. Released on June 15, 2012, the rules are a response to the legal action taken by 11 states and non-governmental organizations to increase air quality standards.

    Supporters of the action declare the proposed regulations will improve public health. Consequently, those opposed claim tightened standards will undermine industry and harm the economy.

    "To protect public health, we have to strengthen the annual standard for fine particles," said Gina McCarthy, EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. "Particulate matter is a serious pollutant."

    The new standard would decrease the annual acceptance measurement of soot or fine particulate matter from 15 micrograms per cubic meter to 12 and 13 micrograms. However, a final decision on the matter will not be issued until December 14, 2012.

    While politicians debate the implementation of the standards, homeowners are still breathing unhealthy levels of air pollution. The average person can help protect a residence by investing in a home air purifier. The medical-grade IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier limits toxins present in the home and promotes positive health.

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