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  • Government reaction to smog proposal is surprising

    The last time smog limits were set was during the presidency of George W. Bush, and even at the time, environmental advocates claimed that the smog limit level was too high. In response to that, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed dropping the restriction from 70 parts per billion of smog to 65 parts per billion.

    The small difference was estimated to possibly prevent up to 7,200 deaths, 11,000 hospital visits and 38,000 cases of severe asthma per year. Opponents to the proposal immediately argued the timing of the bill, claiming it would cost nearly $90 billion to enact the law, something that couldn't be afforded in the recession.

    President Obama rejected the proposal to the surprise of members of the EPA, saying that if he remains in office he'd be happy to look back into the request as early as 2013, but that the timing for such a drastic change would cost too much at the moment.

    During the wait to see if restrictions do indeed get tighter on smog emissions, you can still protect the health of your family by investing in a medical-grade air purifier like those we sell at FreshAirPro to reduce the level of pollutants in your home. These purifiers can help eliminate the vast majority of airborne pollutants and other irritants.

  • Celebrating the Clean Air Act

    The Clean Air Act was originally passed back in 1963 and greatly expanded in 1970 under Richard Nixon on the eve of the new year. Over the years, it has gone through a variety of changes including another amendment in 1977. It was one of the first major environmental laws passed in the United States, and the first to include a provision for citizen suits. The citizen suit addition meant that private citizens could take steps to enforce environmental laws, adding an element of honesty in places that otherwise might have slipped under the radar.

    The most recent change was a major addition of amendments passed 21 years ago this week. These new amendments provided for major problems facing the country such as acid rain, urban air pollution, toxic air emissions and the depletion of the ozone layer.

    This portion of the act also introduced emission trading, or economic incentives for companies that successfully reduced their emissions. The amendments also affected the creation and importation of cars, putting limitations on acceptable level of emissions from gasoline.

    This year, celebrate the birthday of the most recent incarnation of the Clean Air Act by improving the quality of air in your home. Invest in a medical-grade air purifier to make your home's air as safe and clean as possible.

  • Christmas allergies don't have to ruin your holiday

    While Christmas is supposed to be a time of togetherness and relaxation, for some people it can be a torturous time that brings watery eyes and itchy throats. While others gather around to decorate or celebrate the holidays, there are those who dread the season of pine trees.

    While many would assume it's the pollen from the pine that's driving them crazy, many trees are cut after pollen season is over, so the culprit is usually the mold that grows on trees in storage. Still, there are other reasons that pine trees could be making your nose run.

    So how do you deal with a pine allergy during the time of year when it's most difficult to escape? An artificial tree might be the easiest method, though many feel as if an artificial tree defeats the purpose of the season - and if you're not the one making the tree decisions, you're out of luck. If a genuine pine is a necessity in your home, do your best to shake the tree out thoroughly before you bring it inside the house. You should also consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier. This machine can help control your allergies by removing a large portion of the allergens in the air.

  • Holiday pets don't have to excite your allergies

    As the holiday season approaches, many children have their wish lists ready, and topping a number of them will be a request for a new pet. This can be a difficult situation for a parent who doesn't want to deprive his children of the companionship a pet can provide, but worries about what owning an animal will do to his allergies.

    Serious pet allergies are rare, and more often than not the common allergy to dander is controllable in many ways. Keeping a clean house is one way to help keep allergies from taking over your home. If the dander doesn't have the chance to get stuck in carpets and furniture, it also won't have the chance to set off a series of sneezes. Also consider confining the pet to one portion of your home. For example, many pet owners don't allow their cats or dogs into the bedroom, as overnight exposure to these allergens causes extreme irritation for many.

    An especially effective step to take is investing in a medical-grade air purifier. This will help keep the dander out of the air so that the thankfulness of grateful children can fill it. Don't let your allergies get in the way of granting your child his holiday wish.

  • Guarding against winter allergies

    Many consider the "allergy seasons" to be fall and spring, when pollen and mold spore counts are high, but winter also poses its share of indoor allergens. In fact, for those who are sensitive to dust, dander or mold, the cold season can be the most trying season of all.

    Because most individuals spend the majority of their time indoors in winter, these and other common allergens are encountered on a more frequent, constant basis. This can lead to a running series of coughs, sniffles and red or watery eyes that can make the time you spend in your home quite unbearable.

    "People...are susceptible to allergies as they tend to stay indoors 90 percent of the time [due to the harsh weather]," Dr. Abey Abraham, specialist physician at Aster Medical Centre, told Gulf News. "Indoor air quality plays a big role as allergies can be triggered by dust mites, pet dander, perfumes and micro-organisms living in air-conditioning vents, among other things."

    Those looking to rid their homes of these winter irritants should take several steps before the season sets in. All air filters for furnaces or other heating units should be cleaned or replaced before the units are turned on for the season. If you're concerned that your home may have been affected by mold, have an inspector conduct a more thorough investigation as soon as possible - otherwise, the mold will set in and continue to grow over the wintertime, leaving you with a much bigger problem. Finally, the most important step you can take to protect the air within your home is to invest in a medical-grade home air purifier. These devices can help alleviate your symptoms by removing over 99 percent of airborne allergens.

  • Senator Alexander supports clean air

    Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander has broken ranks with the GOP regarding a new initiative to kill the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, a regulation aimed toward reducing the amount of smog and air pollution emitted by power plants, Think Progress reports.

    "Air pollution blowing in from other states makes our citizens sick, especially children and older Tennesseans," said Alexander. "It is also a jobs issue - pollution makes our mountains smoggy, driving away tourists...makes it harder for communities to secure the air-quality permits that allow auto suppliers and other manufacturers to locate in, and bring jobs to, our state."

    Aside from driving tourists away, air pollution also creates problems for residents who live in areas where this type of pollution is a concern. Those who are regularly exposed face a higher chance of developing serious health conditions such as heart and respiratory conditions and some cancers, according to the EPA.

    Residents who live near offending power plants should be mindful that, in addition to the smog found outdoors, air pollution can invade a home and make the indoor air quality unsafe, especially for children and seniors. In order to ensure that a home is protected against potential health hazards, those who live in areas with a high amount of smog and pollution should consider investing in a home air purifier. Medical-grade air purifiers can improve the quality of air inside a home and protect its occupants from pollution-related health risks.

  • Nevada Supreme Courts say 'yea' to clean air

    After attorney and restaurant co-owner Robert Peccole, Jr. challenged the constitutionality of the state's Clean Air Act, the Nevada Supreme Court unanimously voted to support the Act and enforce the clean air standard on the restauranter, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

    Peccole believes that banning smoking in the establishment is bad for business, but the Courts insisted it was bad for patrons' health, and that the law would have to be enforced.

    Peccole's problem is one that many restaurant and bar owners have had to face as the United States continues to uphold strict laws that protect both its citizens and the environment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), secondhand cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and about 70 that have been directly linked with cancer.

    Cigarette smoke is just as dangerous in private homes as it is in public facilities. Those who smoke indoors should make every effort to ensure that their homes are well-ventilated and that children are not exposed to harmful chemical smoke.

    Regular smokers should consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier to ensure that their family's health is protected. Medical-grade air purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus can help remove up to 99.5 percent of airborne pollutants.

  • Doctors hope to prevent allergies by exposing infants to dust mites

    Most homeowners find that keeping their homes free from dust is an ever-waging battle. Dust mites are a very common allergen, and they're most often the culprit behind allergies arising from exposure to house dust. They're also one of the leading causes of asthma for young children, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

    In an attempt to reduce the number of allergy and asthma cases arising from house dust, doctors are willing to try a new method to halt the rising epidemic caused by these creatures: they're going to expose children under one year of age to the mites in hopes that early exposure will prevent the conditions from forming, reports MSNBC UK News. By exposing infants early while their immune systems are still developing, doctors are hoping to build natural resistance against these common and troublesome conditions.

    According to the news source, dust mites are the most prevalent allergy trigger and are responsible for causing asthmatic reactions in approximately 85 percent of children - and the problem is only increasing.

    If you have a child with asthma or an existing dust mite allergy, it's important to ensure that your home is a safe haven against these little beasties. By installing a medical-grade home air purifier, you can keep your home free of the dust in which they thrive and reduce the number of dust-related episodes your child suffers through.

  • Preventing mold in winter

    Most people think of spring and fall as the "mold seasons," however the wetness caused by winter snows also creates the perfect environment for mold to thrive. This is especially true after a blizzard or heavy snowfall, which, as the snows melt in the days and weeks afterward, can leave large pools of standing water.

    "Molds are a biggie in houses here because it’s a wet state. In the winter particularly, molds are a big deal," Al Barrier, an otolaryngologist at University of Missouri Health Care, told The Columbia Tribune.

    If mold finds its way into your home over the winter months, it can take hold and then cause further problems when spring rains roll around. If allowed to establish a foothold, it can cause an infestation that can compromise your health and cost thousands of dollars to fix. That's why it's important to be proactive about protecting your home.

    Start the war against mold before the winter sets in by making sure that your air ducts are cleaned before the start of the season. Barrier encourages a thorough cleaning every six months. You should also takes steps to ensure that the quality of air in your home isn't affected by mold. Invest in a medical-grade home air purifier, such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, to keep the air in your home clean and safe for your family.

  • Those heating up this winter may get burned

    As the seasons shift from warm to cold, air quality concerns shift from ozone damage to the indoor air pollution caused by wood-burning stoves and similar heating methods. It seems the fine-particle pollution from burning wood indoors can cause a number of serious health complications, from heart disease to cancer to asthma, reports USA Today.

    Wood smoke contains carbon monoxide and a number of other chemicals that cause health complications in humans. The major ingredients in wood smoke, soot and liquid pollution particles, are among the smallest and most deadly air particles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that wood-burning stoves, such as open fireplaces or pellet stoves, are responsible for about 5 percent of these particles, which can also be found in auto emissions.

    If you currently operate a wood-burning stove in wintertime to keep warm, it's important to ensure that your home is well-ventilated. This means making sure that fresh air from the outdoors is permitted to circulate in your home. Keeping up with air filter replacements for stoves that require them is also imperative.

    Those who use wood-burning stoves should also consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier to remove noxious airborne particles from their home. Medical-grade air purifiers can remove over 99 percent of pollution particles and help ensure that the air in your home is safe, and that your family is protected.

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