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  • Study finds costs associated with energy production

    A new study from the American Lung Association (ALA) claims that air quality in many parts of the United States has improved. However, the agency's first State of the Air report revealed that unhealthy levels of air pollution still remain in parts of the country.

    Over 127 million people, or about 41 percent of the nation, still inhale high levels of air pollution. In addition, over 5.7 million people, or 1.9 percent of the country, live in counties with unhealthy levels of all three types of measurable air pollutants, including ozone, short-term and year-round particulate pollution.

    Air pollution cost the nation about $120 billion in healthcare costs due to electricity production, transportation and heating in 2005 - the latest year will complete data. Air pollution is a serious health threat, as Americans continue to learn about the impact of fine particulate matter and smog on their health, they may decide to take on a proactive approach at reducing their exposure.

    A home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air can limit the presence of common air pollutants and help keep a family breathing safe, healthier air.

  • Kentucky air quality improves

    The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet recently announced the latest reduction in air pollution levels in the state. The agency released an air-quality distribution graph mapping out projections for reducing pollution levels in Kentucky at the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment, The Courier-Journal reports.

    "Despite the fact that our air quality is better than ever, there is always more work to be done. Kentucky will face new challenges in coming years to meet more stringent air quality standards and rules as required by the Clean Air Act," said John Lyons, the director of the Kentucky Division for Air Quality.

    The news source claims the air quality improvements in Kentucky are due to regulatory and voluntary programs put in place by local, state and federal standards. While this is a positive trend, air pollution levels in Kentucky remain high. Homeowners wishing to improve the air quality in their house can purchase a home air purifier. IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can reduce the presence of common pollutants and fine particulate matter in a home.

  • Diamond Bar to receive air quality grant to replace old diesel trucks

    The Diamond Bar-based South Coast Air Quality Management District will receive a $1 million grant as part of the federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act of 2005. The Pasadena Star reports that the funds are intended to remove older diesel trucks from Southern California highways.

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that air in the four-county Los Angeles base will see a reduction of 11.79 tons of nitrogen oxides, 0.28 tons of tiny diesel particulate matter, 1.16 tons of hydrocarbons, 5.61 tons of carbon monoxide and 707 tons of carbon dioxide if older diesel trucks are removed from the roads.

    Diesel vehicles will be replaced with more modern vehicles that have been outfitted with clean technology. Trucks that qualify for replacement have to be at least 10 years old and can’t be retrofitted with new air quality controls. By removing these vehicles from the road, air pollution levels will decrease around the region, which will improve the quality of life of many locals.

    Traffic-related pollution can easily find its way indoors. Homeowners concerned about the negative health impacts of fine particulate matter can invest in home air purifier like IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers.

  • Wildfires causing more air pollution

    Lately it seems like you can't turn on the news without seeing something about wildfires in the Midwest and on the West Coast. The latest area to make headlines is northern Utah where multiple wildfires are contributing to an air pollution problem.

    The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that state air-quality officials placed much of northern Utah under a "red" advisory on September 18th due to the smoke coming from the wildfires blazing in central and northern Idaho. The warning covers Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Davis, Tooele and Box Elder counties. A "yellow" advisory is in other counties around the state.

    "Persons with existing heart or respiratory ailments should reduce physical exertion and outdoor activity today," the state’s advisory issued Tuesday morning. "Hazy, smoky conditions in northern Utah valleys continue due to upper air transport of smoke from fires that continue to burn in California and Idaho."

    Pictures of the Salt Lake City skyline show the entire metropolitan area is blanketed in smoky haze.  Everyone with sensitive lungs or hearts, such as young or old people, have been advised to stay indoors. It may also be a good idea to keep an air purifier running at this time in homes to capture particulate matter and other harmful toxins.

  • Are cheeseburgers hurting our air quality?

    Most people can agree that there's nothing more satisfying than sinking your teeth into a big, juicy cheeseburger or hamburger. Although summer has come to an end, there's a few more weeks ahead that will likely be warm enough still to fire up the grill and charbroil a burger for everyone in the family. It's a dinner party that certainly everyone will be happy to attend.

    However, is it possible that grilling burgers could have an impact on the environment and our air quality? This is what researchers at the University of California, Riverside are saying. According to The New York Times, scientists at the university have concluded that producing a charbroiled hamburger emits the same mass particulate matter as a heavy-duty diesel truck that travels 143 miles. The particulate matter is come from the fatty acids in the meat that fall down into the fire, evaporate and eventually condense into smoke.

    "Generally, clean diesels are matched up against natural gas, hybrids or electric vehicles," Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum told the publication. "This is the first time we’ve gone head-to-head against fast food."

    In order to protect your family from inhaling these toxins, you might want to consider using an air purifier in your home. The IQAIR HealthPro Plus combines advanced filtration technologies to reduce an array of particulate and molecular pollutants. It can help keep the air in your home clean so you can keep enjoying your burgers.

  • Where has air quality improved?

    If someone were to ask you where the most polluted cities are, where would you guess? Perhaps you would say a city in New Jersey or smog-filled Los Angeles. But it turns out that some cities a person might think has bad air quality actually are where some of the best environmental success stories take place.

    According to a recent report from Bloomberg, Los Angeles has played a significant role in air pollution improvement over the last several decades. Due to the position of the Southern California city, between the mountains in the east and the ocean in the west, the publication states that it lends itself to air pollution. However, it was the first state to regulate air pollution in 1967 when then-Governor Ronald Regan signed the Air Resources Act.

    The Clean Air Act was signed three years later by President Richard Nixon, allowing the entire country to follow in California's footsteps. Therefore, it's important to understand that the places where you might think are causing environmental problems, like Los Angeles, may actually the ones leading the nation in the right direction.

    Whether you live in Los Angeles, the Jersey Shore or any other city in the country, though, you can make sure your home has clean, fresh air at all time. Air purifier IQAir HealthPro Plus uses advance filtration technologies to ensure air pollutants are filtered.

  • Forest fires in the West may affect air quality

    Most people don't want their homes to smell like fire smoke and they certainly don't want to breathe in the smoke. However, according to The Oregonian, officials in the city of Sisters have recently warned residents that nearby wildfires may affect the local air quality.

    The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has been encouraging parents to keep their children indoors and for elderly individuals to stay inside. The department's air quality inspector Frank Messina told the news outlet that the conditions are unhealthy. "If it looks smoky outside, conditions are not good," he suggested. "People should use logic and common sense."

    The publication states that the temperature inversion has pushed the smoke to ground level and has created hazardous breathing conditions. This may prove to be especially dangerous to people with respiratory issues such as asthma, as well as other conditions affecting the lungs and heart.

    William Knight, a spokesperson for the DEQ, told Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) that those who must go outside should avoid manual labor or exercise outdoors.

    Residents in the Sisters area, as well as anyone facing area quality issues, can use air filtration technologies in their home to control pollutants. IQAir HealthPro Plus is ideal for those suffering from respiratory ailments as it can capture fine particulate matter.

  • What's that smell in California?

    If you live in the Southern California area, you likely smelled a strange odor in the air this week. Residents woke up to a rotten-egg aroma on Monday, September 10th and complained of the smell throughout the day by calling the local fire departments and even 911. Apparently many locals were concerned the smell was coming from a chemical leak or another alarming incident nearby.

    While authorities were unsure about the source of the stench for some time, New York Daily news reports that by Tuesday, Southern California air quality investigators confirmed the smelly fumes were coming from the Salton Sea. Air samples collected throughout the region proved that levels of hydrogen sulfide were high around the lake and grew weaker the further from this location.

    "The problem I'm having is the magnitude of the area that was covered by the odor itself. But I guess it can happen under the right conditions, and we had those conditions, apparently, the other night," said Andrew Schlange, general manager at the Salton Sea Authority.

    Whatever the source of the stink, California residents shouldn't have to worry about their homes smelling foul. You can keep the scent of the air in your home fresh and pleasant with the use of air purification. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is the top choice for controlling odor, smoke, dust and other pollutants.

  • How to track air pollution levels in your metro area

    With the summer’s heat increasing ozone and air pollution levels across America, many people may want to consider taking precautionary measures. The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a website that is updated daily to provide people with information about how polluted the air is outside.

    The website was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. National Park Service and other local and state agencies. Air pollution levels reported on the AGI website are calculated by the EPA and cover five major air pollutants - ground-level ozone, particulate pollution, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. Air pollution levels are reported for over 300 metro areas in the United States.

    There is a number of negative health effects caused by  increased ozone levels and other pollutants. As a result, an individual may want to consider checking air pollution levels on the AIRNow website and investing in a home air purifier. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can reduce the presence of pollutants within a home.

  • Coalition strives to include air quality improvement program in 2012 Farm Bill

    A coalition of agricultural representatives led by the California Farm Bureau Federation is pooling its resources to convince the state’s House of Representatives to include funding for an air quality improvement program in a draft of the 2012 Farm Bill, the Sierra Sun Times reports.

    The bill is an update to the 2008 Farm Bill, which allowed farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to participate in a cost-sharing program to reduce carbon emissions, reports the news source. The program has been a success, as it has reduced carbon emissions by about five tons per day since enacted with the cooperation of 1,100 individuals.

    "Air quality improvement and the stewardship of natural resources are priorities for farmers," California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger told the news source. "We hope that the House will recognize the importance of the program and maintain it in the bill."

    California metros are notorious for their poor air quality. Homeowners wishing to reduce the presence of air toxins in their homes may consider investing in an air purifier. Technology such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier limits fine particulate matter found in the air.

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