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  • Austin continues the battle against secondhand smoke

    Over the past few years, smoking has become more and more of a hot button issue. The debate between smokers and non-smokers mostly consists of a back and forth over rights, and bans on smoking are only growing stricter.

    Austin is one city that has decided to move forward with its attempt to protect citizens from unwanted secondhand smoke. Of course, arguments have arisen, with smokers claiming they don't deserve to be treated like second-class citizens because of their addiction and everyone else rebutting that secondhand smoke is a danger to everyone, and therefore must be controlled as much as possible.

    Among other changes, Austin has instituted bans within 15 feet of public areas, including bus stops and parks. Austin Community College has taken it a step further in an attempt to become a completely smoke-free campus.

    The dangers of secondhand smoking have been researched and are proven to be quite severe. If you want to protect yourself or your family from secondhand smoke, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier. With this powerful air-cleaning technology, you can remove up to 99.5 percent of toxins from the air in your home.

  • Carbon emissions continue to climb even higher

    There was a brief period of hope for environmentalists during the worst of the recession, when carbon emissions fell for the first time since scientists began their scrutiny. The 7 percent drop during 2009 was not to be continued, however, as findings about the 2010 carbon emissions indicate a rise of 5.9 percent.

    Some experts believe this to be the largest single increase in carbon emissions since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Since then, the amount of carbon forced into the atmosphere has risen steadily, but such a large jump within a single year has some people worried - and perhaps rightfully so.

    Carbon emissions are a large culprit for the global warming phenomenon, and the constant increase may make repairing the planet's ecosystem a near impossibility. Attempts to change the emission guidelines have been consistently met with opposition from those concerned with the potential cost of the change.

    Still, while politicians debate, carbon continues to increase. To ensure that your home remains free of these pollutants, invest in a medical-grade air purifier. The filtering technology in these powerful purifiers can keep the air in your home or office fresher than it has been in years, and help protect you from the effects of rising emissions indoors.

  • Freshen up the air in your office with an IQAir HealthPro Plus

    It can be easy to monitor the air in your home. With the control you have over what is allowed inside, you can very easily keep irritants like smoke and allergy-causing plants or pets from ruining the time you spend there.

    But the office can be a completely different story. While most buildings won't allow smoking inside, the position of your office above the area where the smokers stand could mean that the smoke could still enter your space.

    Allergy-causing office plants can be another issue, and while many offices won't choose plants that would affect their workers, that doesn't mean it won't happen. Everything from the air outside to the smells of the lunches other members of the staff bring with them can make the time spent within the office irritating to your nose.

    Invest in an IQAir HealthPro Plus for your office to combat these distractions. This award-winning air purifier has a revolutionary filtering system that removes everything from dust to even the strongest odors from the air, leaving your office fresh and habitable.

  • Clean air and the economy

    Deciding on a way to reduce pollution levels has been a major debate between those who take great stock in the environment and those who hold stock. The economic implications of reducing air pollution and tightening air laws has always been one of the main reasons not to make huge changes all at once.

    Now, with the recently proposed tightening of restrictions, one of the major arguments against the change is that the cost of implementing such a thing is a poor decision, especially in the face of the recession.

    Now, however, according to statistics by the EPA, many of those claims regarding the economic instability these changes would cause are shortsighted and ultimately incorrect. Within four years, the cross-state air pollution rules are projected to avoid nearly 34,000 deaths and could save $120 billion in healthcare costs, which would more than offset the projected $800 million cost of implementing the rule.

    Still, the debate continues, as those concerned for the environment butt heads with those concerned for the economy. If you, like many, feel like you want cleaner air sooner than the debates will allow, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier to remove the majority of toxins from the air in your home, office or recreational space.

  • The holidays are full of scents, not all of them good

    While many people love the smells of the holidays, to others, they can be torture. That's not to say the smell of fresh pine isn't generally appreciated. It's a scent many people have associated with both the holidays and cleanliness. Of course, most would prefer the scent coming from their fresh pine tree in the living room, but a real tree can be a hassle for some.

    Their response is often to have an artificial tree and simulate the smells of the holidays with air fresheners or holiday candles. That is where the good news ends, because even though the smells may be appealing, the candles or air fresheners may cause allergies to act up.

    If your home has become a haven for these allergens, whether or not you were the one using those aromatic items, it can make the holidays much tougher on you.

    Luckily, there are ways to fight the issue. The IQAir GC MultiGas purifier can help relieve issues caused by allergens, smoke, viruses and even bacteria from the air in your home. It can also be effective for those with chemical sensitivity.

  • Electricity and clean air

    While there has been much debate over the newly proposed changes to the regulation of pollution, energy consumption may no longer be part of the argument. When the proposals were first put forth, many opponents of the changes cited concerns that further reducing the allowable pollution would not only hurt the economy, but also cause problems with energy consumption.

    This defense against the proposed tightening regulations was based on the idea that the machines and materials needed to implement the change would be almost useless because the increased energy consumption would be worse in the long run than putting off pollution reduction.

    The North American Electric Reliability Corporation study shows that the technologies already exist to create a manageable solution to this objection. This NERC announcement has taken away one of the main arguments standing in the way of clean air reform.

    Still, there is much debate and the proposed changes aren't likely to take effect immediately. If you're concerned about the health of your family, invest in a medical-grade air purifier. They can remove up to 99.5 percent of airborne toxins, and keep those breathing inside your home as healthy as possible.

  • Pollution can worsen breathing problems

    Bronchitis is an issue in which the passage to the lungs becomes inflamed and tight, allowing less air than usual to pass through. This breathing issue isn't fun for anyone, though there are treatments. Still, it can be especially difficult for young sufferers.

    A recent international study seems to show that the excessive presence of nitrogen oxides in the air due to air pollution has made young children more susceptible to bronchitis. Lower respiratory problems have been held accountable for nearly 20 percent of the deaths in those less than 5 years old.

    This study goes on to show that the current accepted level of nitrogen oxide that's considered safe may not be so for those with developing respiratory systems. The nine-year study showed that the level of pollution may end up increasing young children's chance and frequency of developing acute bronchitis.

    If you have children and wish to protect your family from these harmful toxins in the air, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier. The models we sell at FreshAirPro can remove up to 99.5 percent of airborne pollutants that pose a risk to your family.

  • Smoking still has strong hold on America

    One would think that as studies show more and more dangers associated with smoking, the number of smokers would drop - and perhaps they have. The best result that can be expected, however, is getting a greater number of people to never start in the first place. Still, there are places where more knowledge about the dangers hasn't made as much of a difference to the smokers.

    Secondhand smoke studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency have been a major driving force behind the ban of smoking in public places throughout most of the states in America. In fact, smoking laws have changed greatly in a relatively short period of time. Even with these recent advancements, in states where there are fewer smoking laws, the smokers remain in stronger force.

    The chemical produced by secondhand smoke can be dangerous to those who suffer regular exposure. If you're a smoker and want to protect your family, or you simply worry about the dangers within your home, invest in a medical-grade air purifier. These purifiers can remove up to 99.5 percent of the toxins released by secondhand smoke from the air, allowing your family to breathe healthier.

  • Fight indoor air pollution with a medical-grade air purifier

    It's difficult to argue with the idea that pollution is harmful to both the environment and the people who live in it. In places with high smog levels, citizens are often encouraged to stay indoors and seal their homes up as best they can to reduce their intake of pollutants. Once inside, however, there are a number of indoor pollutants that can cause mild discomfort or severe illness.

    Indoor pollutants are often a result of the fact that, while mild airborne particles are easily dissipated outside, pollutants are much more difficult to disperse inside the sealed-up interior of a home.

    Some of the more obvious sources of these toxins are heating technologies, such as escaped gas, smoke from a wood-burning stove and improperly ventilated fireplaces. Other sources can come from more hard-to-control areas.

    Mold spores from unseen areas inside the walls can cause problems, as can certain kinds of insulation like asbestos, fumes from cleaning products, rotting wood furniture and leftover tobacco smoke from any indoor smokers.

    Combat these indoor pollutants with a medical-grade air purifier like those we sell at FreshAirPro. These purifiers can help eliminate up to 99.5 percent of airborne pollutants and other irritants, keeping those in your home safe from these toxins.

  • Asthma caused by pollution is claimed to be false

    Pollution has long been linked to asthma symptoms. The development of asthma may be separate from the presence of pollution, but the presence of pollutants in the air has been proven to increase the instances of asthma attacks in those already diagnosed.

    Recently, Senator Ron Paul used a chart he created to claim that pollution levels had fallen while the percentage of people diagnosed with asthma had risen. He used these separate pieces of information to attempt to prove that pollution levels had no effect on asthma whatsoever.

    Environmental and health groups immediately responded, claiming that he had used skewed statistics and faulty reasoning. They said that pollution had never been the sole cause of asthma, just that it worsens the problem.

    The motivations behind this claim may not be completely known, but until more research has been done, it may be hard for asthmatics and parents of asthmatics to believe that pollution has no effect on the condition. To stay safe and improve your health, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier to remove as many airborne pollutants as possible from your indoor environment.

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