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  • California experiencing historically increased levels of poor air quality

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is stepping in and coming to the aid of the San Joaquin Valley in California after historically poor air quality conditions have left the region fearful.

    "Four times more people die in the San Joaquin Valley from air pollution than they do from traffic fatalities," Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator, told Recordnet.com.

    The poor air quality is a common occurrence in the region. Environmental factors such as La Nina weather patterns and the cold and warm temperature switches combine to keep normal pollution levels from cars and factories lower than they'd otherwise be within the local atmosphere. Even so, the damage can be substantial, and homeowners in the region are encouraged to limit exposure to pollution. Investing in an IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier reduces homeowners' toxin exposure while inside the home.

    Efforts are still being made to control pollution levels in San Joaquin Valley. The area is home to a large amount of American crop production, and the EPA has declared to spend $5 million in an effort to promote clean air in the area.

    "[The EPA is] going to be a player in this, as opposed to just an oversight big brother that doesn't have a stake in what's going on here," Seyed Sadredin, director of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, told the news source. "I'm really encouraged by their interest in doing this."

  • Cleaner air improves employee morale

    Indoor air quality can drastically affect the health, happiness and productivity of a worker. Several studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency have found increased levels of pollutants indoors that exceed the levels outside, especially in heavily trafficked urban areas. Air pollutants can promote illness amongst workers, aggravate respiratory conditions such as asthma or lead to the eventual development of disease.

    The average American spends 7.5 hours a day in the office, according to the Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics. By spending such a large chunk of time inside the workplace, workers are subjected to long-term exposure to potentially poor air quality indoors. By investing in the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier, you can assure that the air your employees are breathing is free from the airborne toxins that cause sickness and decrease office productivity.

    Reducing toxins benefits employee health by limiting their exposure to pollutants. The less sick time workers need to take, the greater the office's overall efficiency. Productive workers who aren't fighting the lagging effects of an illness are typically much happier, too. Promoting a cycle of health and happiness in the workplace can improve employee moral as well as one's bottom line.

  • Three Lake Erie coal-fired power plants to close

    FirstEnergy Corp., an Ohio-based utility company, announced on Thursday, January 27 that it will be shutting down three Lake Erie coal-fired plants, reports the Chicago Tribune.

    The power company faced the more stringent pollution limits set by the Federal Clean Air Act. FirstEnergy Corp. announced that it will be closing the plants instead of upgrading due to cost.

    The Obama administration has begun to penalize and require plants that produce lung- and heart-damaging pollution under court order, according to the Miami Herald. While the plants may be closing this year, toxic air pollutants can remain in a region for an extended time period. To increase air quality and ensure that these toxins don't cause lasting health concerns, individuals can invest in medical-grade home air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

    Closing the plants is expected to improve the local fishing economy. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bay Shore plant near Toledo, Ohio killed more than 46 million adult fish, as well as 2.4 billion eggs, larvae and young fish every year.

    Those who support the measure believe the closings will benefit regional air quality and provide a boost to the fishing industry, which is necessary for creating more jobs.

  • Automakers support new California regulation to cut air pollution

    A new proposed regulation in California would require automakers to build more electric and hybrid vehicles by 2025, reports the Washington Post. Large automakers such as Ford Motor Corp., Chrysler Group LLC, General Motors Co., Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and others have already testified on the behalf of the new emission standards being proposed during a California Air Resources Board meeting.

    "We can’t afford to wait. We have to act on these issues now," Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board chairman, said at the panel’s meeting. "Our projections show continued growth in population and vehicle miles traveled, which will affect air quality for years to come."

    A home air purifier could help decrease the toxins that can travel into residences until the proposed new regulations come into effect.

    The new standards include cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and begin with new cars sold in 2015, as well as mandates that one in every seven new cars sold in California in 2012 would be a zero-emission or plug-in hybrid car. The state aims to have 1.4 million zero-emission or plug-in hybrid vehicles on the road by 2025.

    While the plan works to create a more environmentally friendly state with cleaner air, it might take some time to see it come to fruition.

  • Environmental Protection Agency recognizes National Radon Action Month

    Approximately 21,000 Americans die from radon-related lung cancer a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. To help promote education on the issue in order to reduce radon poisoning in America, the EPA announced the creation of the Federal Radon Action Plan in 2011 and made January National Radon Action Month.

    Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that results from uranium breakdown in soil, rock and water. It often enters the home through cracks in the foundation, pipes and holes. After testing to confirm if radon is present in the home and removing it, homeowners may wish to further invest in their indoor air quality by using a home air purifier.

    The radon action plan works to demonstrate the importance of radon risk reduction, address financial incentives for implementing home preventative measures and how homeowners can test, find and fix their homes to reduce the chance of high radon levels.

    A homeowner can begin to test for elevated levels of radon in the home with a do-it-yourself test available at a home improvement store. With knowledge and proper action to improve air quality, a homeowner may create a healthier, hazard-free living space.

  • New EPA rules may force the shut-down of power plants

    Approximately 32 coal-fired power plants will be forced to shut down, and an additional 36 facilities may have to shut their doors in order to comply with the new Environmental Protection Agency's federal air pollution regulations, according to an Associated Press survey.

    These plants make up some of the oldest and dirtiest facilities in the United States, and they generate incredible amounts of energy to provide for the nation's power grid. More than 22 million homes are powered by these plants, the source reports.

    The move away from these plants is being made to reduce pollutants from creating poor air quality. In the home, professional-grade air purifiers can assist in removing potentially harmful toxins for those wishing to provide better indoor air quality for their families.

    Groups on both sides of the issue are debating the potential strain the shut-downs may have on the industry, as even more units will need to be idled in order to install updates and new pollution controls to bring them up to standard.

  • Is burning wood bad for your health?

    A study published by the American Chemical Society's (ACS) journal found that the small invisible particulates created by wood smoke may have several severe health effects. Known as wood smoke particulate matter (WSPM), the tiny items used for home heating may create unnecessary health risks.

    During the winter months, air pollution rises significantly due to an increase in wood burning. For both economic and sentimental reasons, wood-burning fireplaces and stoves become a popular home heating option.

    In homes that burn or neighbor wood-burning stoves, placing medical-grade air purifiers in bedrooms may cut down on prolonged exposure. This can greatly decrease the potential negative health effects associated with wood burning. Wood burning increases the likelihood of developing a heart attack in adults, a stroke in post-menopausal women, aggravating current respiratory problems and contributes to asthma in young children, reports the LA Times.

    Science Daily reports that WSPM contains aromatic hydrocarbons that work as a human carcinogen. These negative health effects can have permanent effects on a person's health. The change from wood-burning stoves to those that burn faux logs coated in natural gas may be a potential answer for a beneficial change. A medical-grade air purifier can also help to combat potentially harmful pollutants.

  • Company agrees to pay $1.7 million in penalty fines

    The Essroc Cement Company has been ordered to pay $1.7 million in penalty fines by the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The company will also have to invest approximately $33 million in pollution control technology to resolve the allegations of violating the Clean Air Act.

    The settlement will assist in protecting Americans' health by reducing more than 7,000 tons of harmful nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide pollution each year, according to the Department of Justice.

    "The EPA is committed to cutting illegal air pollution from the largest sources of emissions," Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA's office of enforcement and compliance assurance, told UPI. "The pollution controls required by today's settlement will reduce harmful air pollutants, protecting communities across the nation."

    Bringing Essroc into compliance with the Clean Air Act can potentially lead to better air quality and reduce associated health problems. Medical-grade air purifiers can also assist in reducing exposure to harmful toxins.

  • Erase some damage from your holiday parties with the IQAir HealthPro Plus

    The holidays can be a fun time, but what happens when they're over? After a day full of eating, watching television and opening presents, cleaning up can feel a bit overwhelming. It can be easy to fall into the trap of leaving the cleaning for later in the week, but with food and lingering odors from family pets, this can lead to an uncomfortably smelly home.

    This year, when ridding your home of these issues, consider employing your IQAir HealthPro Plus. This powerful air purifier can help control the variety of smells you find yourself trying to get rid of.

    Consider using it again as your New Year's party approaches. Place it in the garage and designate it as the smoking area to control the secondhand smoke and the smell it causes. Leave it in the kitchen overnight as the leftover foods and dishes sit around to keep them from causing a more permanent odor the next day.

    With a guaranteed efficiency of 99.5 percent, this is an investment that will have your home smelling fresher than ever.

  • Alleviate chronic bronchitis with a medical-grade air purifier

    Bronchitis is a respiratory disease that comes about when the bronchial tubes that carry air to and from the lungs become inflamed due to a variety of irritants. The inflammation restricts breathing and can even shut off total portions of the lung, causing coughing and shortness of breath.

    Chronic bronchitis specifically is a long lasting and recurring form of this disease that is often caused by continued interaction with lung irritants. You can work to avoid and ease chronic bronchitis with a medical-grade air purifier.

    As the most common irritants that cause bronchitis are pollution, dust and tobacco smoke, the powerful filtration provided by a purifier can ease the effect of those toxins in the home, the most likely place for people to exert some control over the quality of the air they breathe. Some jobs are the root of the problem, whether a physical labor job where inhalation of these toxins is a constant hazard, or if your office is right above the smoking area. Therefore, investing in a medical-grade air purifier for your home may help reduce the problem by promoting fresh and clean air the minute you walk through the door.

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