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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ensuring your home air quality is safe for the season

    As the weather begins cooling down for fall, many people will find themselves spending increased amounts of time indoors. However, with the windows sealed at this time of year, indoor air quality may be a concern for some.

    With the reduction of fresh air circulating indoors, airborne irritants, moisture and pollutants can become trapped inside your home. For those who are prone to allergies and asthma, this can be disastrous. However, even those who don't normally suffer from these conditions may find that their health is at risk.

    Earlier this season, mold spores reached the highest levels seen in decades, and pollens from plants like ragweed have been an even bigger bane to seasonal allergy sufferers across the country. More people who have not previously experienced seasonal allergies have been experiencing symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, coughing and sore throat this year, reports USA Today.

    In order to preserve your health and keep your home protected, there are a few steps you should take before winter sets in. Replacing the filters in your furnace can protect you from air pollutants. Updating to modern windows and insulation can reduce the amount of moisture that's allowed to set in. Perhaps the best thing you can do to protect your home from indoor air hazards is to invest in a home air purifier. Professional-grade purifiers can reduce the amount of airborne irritants in your home by more than 99 percent.

  • October is National Home Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month

    This month is National Home Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month, making it the prefect time of year to see to it that your home is protected against common indoor pollutants. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are three steps you can take to improve the quality of the air inside your home and protect your family from the many health hazards that have been associated with indoor air pollution.

    The first step, source control, involves identifying and eliminating the major sources of pollution. For example, if your gas stove leaks unhealthy emissions, you can alter the settings or replace the stove so that the air inside your home is safer.

    The second step is ensuring that your home is well-ventilated. Many indoor heating and cooling systems do not include a mechanism for bringing fresh air from the outdoors into your home, but rather rely on recycling the same air over and over again. Take the time to periodically open windows and doors to ensure that a fresh supply of air is making its way inside your home.

    Finally, the EPA recommends investing in a home air purifier that can remove harmful pollutants and other airborne hazards from the air within your home. For the most protection, invest in a medical-grade air purifier that can remove over 99 percent of indoor air pollutants.

  • Vendors finding difficulty selling cigarettes with warning labels

    Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration pushed legislation that now forces tobacco manufacturers to list explicit health warnings on cigarette packs. However, not everyone is pleased with the development - especially those who still smoke.

    Many Americans choose to smoke cigarettes, and feel that their rights are being taken away by new legislation. For vendors attempting to sell cigarettes, the warning labels pose a problem as well, according to The Sun Herald.

    "It's another form of Big Daddy trying to tell people what to do," Frank Williams, an owner of three tobacco stores, told the news source. "They're just trying to tell people how to live their life."

    Several communities are instituting bans on smoking in public areas as well. Secondhand smoke can cause negative health effects similar to those seen in cigarette users.

    Many people use an air purifier with a HEPA filter to cope around smokers. This can remove the toxins from the cigarettes from the atmosphere.

    The IQAir GC MultiGas Air Purifier is growing in popularity among those who want to avoid secondhand smoke as well. Its HyperHEPA filter can eliminate irritating particles in up to 900 square feet of space.

  • Maine to become first state to ban smoking in rental properties

    Although it's a renowned fact that smoking can cause a number of serious health complications, many people tend to overlook the effects of secondhand smoke. When inhaled, the chemicals in cigarettes can cause similar ailments to those seen in smokers, such as cancer.

    In an effort to reduce the levels of secondhand smoke that is inhaled across Maine, the state will become the first in the nation to ban smoking in apartments. Beginning in 2012, Maine will take up a policy that prohibits people from smoking in rental properties, according to the Village Soup.

    "We know that in Maine over 75 percent of tenants surveyed want to live in smoke-free housing. Our goal is to have the supply of smoke-free housing meet that demand," Nancy Laite, Healthy Maine Program Specialist, told the news source.

    However, not all regions of the country are as active in protecting tenants as Maine. An air purifier can help clear the air in an apartment where an individual is forced to live around smokers.

    The IQAir GC MultiGas Air Purifier can be especially effective in helping tenants breathe easier. It has a HyperHEPA filter that can remove toxins from cigarette smoke from up to 900 square feet of space.

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