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  • U.S. Senate panel backs future funding for Clean Air Act

    Although the Clean Air Act has seen success since its development in the early 1990s, government officials are considering cutting funding to the legislation that has greatly reduced pollution.

    Recently, a U.S. Senate panel suggested that funding in the future is necessary in order to continue the success that the act has seen during the first five years of its existence. Focusing on cleaner diesel has been a big part of the efficiency of the legislation.

    "These last 10 years have been called the decade of clean diesel: a system of cleaner engines, low-sulfur fuels, and advanced emissions control technologies ultimately deployed for all ranges and types of diesel powered vehicles, equipment and machines," said Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum in support of the act.

    Air pollution is not only disruptive to the environment, but to individuals who suffer from respiratory illnesses.

    Air purifiers can help remove toxic particles from living spaces in a short amount of time. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is an air purifier designed to remove everything from pollen to cigarette smoke from the atmosphere. Its HyperHEPA filter can get rid of ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size.

  • Corpus Christi receives good ratings for clean air

    It can be difficult for individuals with respiratory health complications to live in regions with high levels of pollution, but Corpus Christi is one city where that won't be a problem. Federal data released by the American Lung Association shows that the Texas hub is home to some of the cleanest air in the country, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

    "I think it's important that we let the community know we are doing things right," Kevin Kieschnick, city councilman, told the news source. "Our large industrial customers have invested in making their operations cleaner for all of us. We need to let our community know we have seen great results."

    Experts say that the good rankings are a result of using clean-burning fossil fuels and reducing the number of coal-burning plants.

    Individuals who suffer from respiratory conditions, such as asthma, are not always lucky enough to live in regions with low levels of pollution. Air purifiers can help those who have health complications as a result of dust, pollen and other particles in the atmosphere.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier is one device that can help remove particles smaller than 0.3 microns from living spaces. The purifier, which has a HyperHEPA filter, covers up to 900 square feet.

  • Is fresh air on your spring cleaning list?

    Now that the weather is warm enough to crack a window, people everywhere are likely catching up on their spring cleaning if they haven't done so yet. If there are a few items that remain on your list, make sure that freshening your air doesn't stay there for too much longer.

    Winter is one of the worst seasons for indoor air quality, as people tend to spend most of their time inside and closed windows equate to poor air circulation. However, just because that's about to change doesn't mean that those who live in densely polluted areas won't be ale to benefit from a bit of outside help.

    Health-conscious individuals looking to boost their indoor air quality should consider investing in a professional-quality air purifying system. Fresh Air Pro carries only the best, most trusted brands available on the market today, such as the best-selling IQAir.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is a top-line defense against a range of household contaminants such as mold, pollen, dust, dust mites, pet dander, gases, odors and smoke. It combines four advanced filtration technologies to effectively filter over 99 percent of particles from the air, leaving you with fresh, clean air you can count on.

  • EPA faces budget cut in 2011

    The Clean Air Act has kept pollutants from damaging the ozone layer at an alarming rate, but environmental advocates' efforts may be hindered in the near future, according to Bloomberg News. The Environmental Protection Agency's budget is expected to be cut by nearly 16 percent. This will amount to approximately $1.6 billion as a result of a deal with President Obama in the government's attempt to save money in the 2011 fiscal year.

    "A $1.6 billion cut coming just at the time the EPA is finally waking up and starting to adopt basic safeguards is going to have a significant impact," Gabe Wisniewski, coal campaign director for the environmental group Greenpeace, told the news source.

    Americans who live with respiratory conditions, such as asthma, suffer extensively from pollution. Air purifiers can be used to help individuals breathe easily indoors.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier is one device that can reduce the amount of harmful pollutants present in the air with its HyperHEPA filter. The product is designed to trap microscopic particles that are responsible for allergic reactions and asthma attacks in living spaces.

  • Clean Air act protecting more asthma sufferers from pollutants

    The Clean Air Act was created to protect individuals from harmful pollutants in the environment, but disagreements in Congress are threatening to void the protective legislation, according to the Midland Daily News. In portions of the country where asthma is a growing concern, such as Michigan, this could further health complications and hospital visits.

    "For healthcare professionals, the public policy stakes here are enormous and painfully clear," Brenda Afzal, U.S. Climate Policy Coordinator for Heath Care Without Harm, told the news source. "According to a recent Environmental Protection Agency analysis, the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990 currently prevent 1.7 million cases of asthma exacerbation."

    Asthma can result in wheezing and a dangerous shortness of breath in individuals who suffer from the condition. Air purifiers can help remove pollutants from rooms and help asthma patients breathe easier.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier is ideal for allergy and asthma sufferers. The HyperHEPA filter can remove dangerous air particles and bacteria from up to 900 square feet. It can control the amount of complex air pollution that travels throughout a household and make the air safe to breathe for those who suffer from severe respiratory conditions.

  • Freshening versus purifying: What's really better for your air?

    The popularity of indoor air freshening products has surged in recent years, thanks especially to innovations such as plug-in candles and odor-neutralizing spray. But are these easy fixes really getting to the heart of the problem?

    "Air fresheners almost never 'freshen' the air," Eco Childs Play reports. "They just mask odors, either with synthetic fragrance or by interfering with your ability to smell by coating your nasal passages with an oil film or releasing a nerve-deadening agent. In rare cases, they will actually break down the offensive odor."

    According to the news source, many air freshening products contain toxic chemicals that can trigger headaches, dizziness, coughing, asthma and other respiratory grievances.

    A much more worthwhile and effective solution would be to install an air purifying system. FreshAirPro carries the leading brands on the market today, equipped to handle a full range of indoor air problems. The combined use of various filter cartridge designs in most of these trusted models effectively removes over 99 percent of all particulate matter from the air, and many machines use activated carbon to strip the air of harmful chemicals and gases.

  • Make clean air a priority on your spring cleaning list

    Lots of people are opening their doors, breaking out their brooms and dusting off their couch covers in time for spring. But while your spring cleaning checklist may be quite extensive, there's one important item that will make all the difference when it comes to how clean your home actually feels.

    While it's certainly important to sweep, dust, vacuum and mop, a professional-grade air purifying system can effectively eliminate more than 99 percent of the stray particles that contribute to routine messes in the first place. More importantly, clean air provides a noticeable freshness to your environment that will significantly enhance each cleaning day to come.

    That's because high-efficiency models, such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, combine multiple filtration technologies to deliver the best possible results. The HealthPro Plus is one of the market's best-rated, top-selling products thanks to its four different filtration levels, including its HyperHEPA filter and activated carbon stage.

    The HyperHEPA filter is the most advanced filter of its class, able to remove particles up to 10 times smaller than standard HEPA models. Harmful chemicals, gases and unwanted odors won't stand a chance against the activated carbon, considered widely to be the most effective means of eliminating these contaminants.

  • Plants make it possible to grow your own fresh air

    By now, it's well apparent that plants have a positive and tangible impact on the quality of indoor air as well as the moods of surrounding inhabitants. But what if you took that idea and created a systematic (and quite green) solution?

    New Delhi researcher Kamal Meattle did just that, so much so that his office building, where he implemented the system, was deemed by the Indian government as the healthiest building in New Delhi, with increased human productivity of 20 percent (to see him explain why, check out this video).

    Meattle's process involves setting up four areca palms per person, as they convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. Six to eight mother-in-law's tongues should be counted per head as well, termed "bedroom plants" since they do the same work as areca palms during the night. Combined with money plants, which remove formaldehyde and other volatile chemicals from the air, these plants all work together to create some of the freshest, most self-sustaining indoor air around.

    Can't imagine having that many plants around? Kill several birds with one stone by installing a high-quality air purifying system in your home. The top-rated, best-selling IQAir HealthPro Plus is the perfect solution for health-conscious individuals who wish to breathe air that's virtually contaminant-free.

  • Simple tips to help you cleanse your home environment

    There's more to home cleaning than mopping and sweeping. Sometimes, the most contaminated areas of our homes are the ones we don't see, and poor indoor air quality can have a major effect on both our respiratory health and our state of well-being.

    AOL Health suggests taking off your shoes before entering the house, using plant-based cleaning products, steaming floors with hot water, using toxin-free paints, using herbal laundry soaps, drinking certified filtered water and ditching the scented candles and air fresheners.

    However, all of these steps can only go so far. An even more effective way to detoxify your indoor air environment is to install a professional-grade air purifying system.

    For the best technology on the market today, look to the top-rated, best-selling IQAir HealthPro Plus. IQAir combines four advanced filtration technologies to effectively remove over 99 percent of all particulate matter, including dust, dust mites, pollen, pet dander, mold, smoke, gases, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Plus, its HyperHEPA filter stage is the most advanced filter of its class, able to capture particles ten times smaller than standard HEPA models.

  • Scientists develop new tool for measuring indoor air quality

    Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Virginia Tech have developed a new measurement tool that can test for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when assessing the air quality of any indoor space.

    According to Sify News, testing of the device yielded much higher accuracy than those derived from standard technology, which is significantly more costly and time-consuming.

    With this latest development, homeowners will be that much closer to being able to rest assured that their indoor air quality is top-notch and, well, air-tight. But even if you can accurately gauge the contamination levels present in your air, it's still up to you to do something about them.

    Installing a professional-grade air purifying system in your home, such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, is the most effective means for achieving healthy, pollutant-free air. The HealthPro Plus comes with four advanced filtration techniques to effectively remove over 99 percent of all particulate matter and target harmful chemicals and gases as well.

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