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  • Memphis air pollution programs suffer

    The Commercial Appeal reports that 2012 was one of Memphis' smoggiest summers in years, and local air pollution programs remain in turmoil. Despite the record-high pollution levels reported within the city, air quality programs are under strain.

    The City Council voted in August 2012 to cut the current $2.7 million inspection program after June 30 to reduce strain on an already tight budget. However, Shelby County could take up the slack and impose a new measuring strategy.

    One new plan proposes that Shelby and Memphis residents who own a vehicle should pay a nominal $10 fee to have their vehicles inspected for emissions. However, this is just one proposal out of many.

    For Memphis and Shelby County residents, the idea of living with long-term exposure to high levels of air pollution is concerning. Poor air quality has been linked to increased risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer and respiratory distress. Investing in a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier will reduce the presence of harmful toxins within a house.

  • Do you live in a polluted state?

    Everyone likes to think that their home is located in an area where pollution isn't really a concern and fresh air whips through the trees and in through their front door. However, the fact of the matter is there are many cities around the country that are not fortunate enough to have good air quality.

    According to Oilprice.com, half of all industrial toxic air pollution comes from power plants and 80 of all greenhouse gas emission in the United States come from power plants and heavy industries. Experts believe this pollution is responsible for thousands of heart attaches, asthma cases and premature deaths each year.

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has recently collaborated with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to form a list of America's most polluted states. The top ten states include Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. In Ohio alone, more than 36.4 million pounds of harmful chemicals were released in 2010.

    Whether you live in one of these states, or another area in the county, provide your family with the cleanest air possible in your house by investing in home air purification. It can allow you to reduce fine particulate matter and toxins in your home.

  • New energy plants could increase air pollution

    The Chesapeake Energy company may soon build new compressor stations in Ohio County, The Herald-Star reports. The business is seeking permission  from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Air Quality to release several pollutants from four of its Ohio County well sites. The DEP plans to approve the permit requests but is allowing the public to discuss the project and bring up any potential concerns. Each site will have slightly different pollution standards. According to the news source, the requirements depend on the type of particulate matter being produced at each location.

    "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has primacy to regulate air emissions from all industries, including oil and gas operations, to protect public health and the environment. Chesapeake works with the agency on a regular basis to comply with, and usually exceed, the requirements," Stacey Brodak, Chesapeake's senior director of corporate development, told the news source.

    Homeowners concerned about impact compressor stations and energy-source development sites can invest in a home air purifier. IQAir Air Purifiers can reduce the presence of toxic air pollutants. In addition, the high-quality device can remove common respiratory aggravators such as pollen, dust and mold.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • May is Asthma Awareness Month

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named May Asthma Awareness Month. The subsequent 31 days are dedicated to the exploration of controlling and living with the life-threatening chronic respiratory disease.

    According to the EPA, almost 25 million Americans, including approximately 7 million children, are afflicted with the condition. Air pollution and poor indoor air quality can irritate the lungs, trigger an attack or further deteriorate respiratory function.

    With Americans spending more than 90 percent of their time indoors, it is vital to invest in clean air technology, according to the source. A home air purifier can reduce the presence of smoke, smog, dust mites and other common irritants.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is a high-quality home air purifier designed to reduce long-term exposure to asthma triggers. In addition, the unit can also limit ground-level ozone and airborne particles - two common pollutants known as dangerous to people’s health.

    Whether a homeowner or their family has asthma or no one is afflicted with the condition, a home air purifier is a worthwhile investment.

  • New international study links air pollution to heart attacks

    A new international study published on January 15, 2012 has linked breathing a variety of air pollutants to the increased likelihood a person will suffer a heart attack, according to the Scientific American.

    Researchers went around the world to quantify the links between air pollution and heart health. They found that even short-term exposure, less than seven days, to all major air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and other except ozone was associated with an increased rate of heart attacks.

    Due to length of exposure playing such a large role in heart attack rates, homeowners should invest in a medical grade home air purifier to limit contact with indoor toxins.

    "One strength of our study is the comprehensive nature of our search that spanned multiple databases and was not restricted to particular publication language or a single pollutant," wrote the authors, who are from several institutions in France as well as the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, according to the source.

    Limiting exposure to pollutants is a key component to decreasing potential negative health effects. Investing in a home air purifier such as IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers could help.

  • Almost a dozen states are suing EPA over soot regulations

    After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to meet a statutory October deadline to revise soot standards, 11 states filed a lawsuit earlier this month, according to the New York Office of the Attorney General.

    "Every day, air pollution, from soot risks the health of more than one-third of Americans, including our most vulnerable - children, the elderly and the sick," New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a prepared statement. "These risks are simply unacceptable. The EPA must take prompt action to reduce pollution now, and safeguard the health of the public and the air we breathe.’"

    Soot has been linked to chronic respiratory disease, impaired lung function, heart disease and asthma. California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington are the states involved in the lawsuit. Homeowners seeking to decrease their exposure to toxins such as soot should invest in a home air purifier to protect their health.

    Until the EPA sets tougher new standards to limit fine particle pollution, citizens are at risk of breathing in harmful toxins.

  • Online advertising campaign applauds environmental efforts to reduce air pollution

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Environment American have launched a six-figure advertising campaign applauding the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and President Barack Obama for their life-saving efforts to reduce air pollution.

    The advertisements are running on local news sites in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, as well as across social media channels, according to ENews Park Forest, an environmental impact news outlet.

    "Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that damages developing brains in children and fetuses. According to the EPA, coal-fired power plants are the single largest source of industrial mercury pollution and these new standards target those sources," said Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC.

    Homeowners seeking to reduce the presence of toxins in their homes should invest in a home air purifier. Increased air pollution negatively impacts the health of everyone, but especially susceptible demographics such as infants, children and the elderly.

    While new regulations proposed by the EPA and Obama Administration are a step in the right direction, they are not a quick solution. A home air purifier will limit toxin exposure in the home until American communities can proudly breathe in clean air in the future.

  • Air quality advisory issued for northeast Ohio regions

    An air quality advisory was issued for northeast regions in Ohio due to an accumulation of fine particles early this month. The warning is primarily intended for those who are included in the classification of "sensitive groups" such as children, senior citizens and those who are afflicted with respiratory health conditions such as asthma.

    For sensitive individuals, indoor air quality is especially important. They often must refrain from outdoor activity when pollution levels increase. However, airborne toxins can make their way inside the home as well. To ensure optimal indoor air quality, homeowners can  invest in a home air purifier to reduce the risk of harm caused by toxins and other potential respiratory irritants.

    Those in the Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit Counties in Ohio have been warned to be aware of their outdoor activity. The current poor air quality is due to stagnant atmospheric conditions that allow normal levels of pollution to accumulate lower in the atmosphere (instead of dissipating). Increasing time spent indoors in areas equipped with a medical-grade home air purifier can decrease exposure to harmful toxins. 

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