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  • Aromatherapy products are linked to indoor air pollution

    While everyone knows that it's important to take time to relax now and again, a new finding suggests that doing so may be toxic if you're using aromatherapy products that contain artificial fragrances or essential oils, according to the Environmental Engineering Science journal.

    Apparently, these fragrances release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the air, which cause increased levels of air pollution indoors. These VOCs react with compounds in the ozone that cause them to break down and release ultrafine byproducts called Secondary Organic Aerosols (SOAs). These SOAs can directly lead to eye and throat irritation and may cause further damage.

    If you love using aromatherapy as a means to relax at the end of a long day, you don't necessarily have to give it up. By taking a few precautionary measures, you can ensure that the air inside your home is fresh, clean and safe for you and your family.

    First, when burning aromatherapy products such as candles and incense, make sure there is enough ventilation available. This will help the toxic particles disperse.

    In addition, to ensure that the air within your home is safe from VOCs and other airborne toxins, you should invest in a medical-grade home air purifier. High-quality air purifiers can help remove up to 99.5 percent of the indoor air pollutants in your home.

  • Non-profits band together to fight air pollution

    After recent reports regarding the decline of air quality across the world, several non-profit organizations have banded together to help reduce air pollution, reports the Huffington Post. While most of the efforts are centered around developing nations, where the problem is most visible, other efforts include educating individuals all over the world about the health hazards of air pollution and how these risks can be reduced.

    Indoor air pollution is among the top health hazards in the developing world, but it is still a concern in countries such as the United States. While much of the indoor pollution is caused by open-fire cookstoves in developing nations, many households in the U.S. and other countries still use wood fires as one of their main sources of heat in the wintertime, which can produce similar results, especially in older houses, where the ventillation systems might be outdated.

    "This is a large issue, and it remains mostly under the radar," said Neil Bellefeuille, a member of Nakamura's CGI panel, whose company sells clean cook stoves. "It's literally like having a campfire in the living room."

    If your home is vulnerable to the effects of indoor air pollution from wood stoves, traffic emissions or other sources, be proactive about protecting your family's health. Investing in a home air purifier is one of the best ways to ensure that the air within your home is clean and free from serious risk.

  • Indoor air pollution from cooking equipment a big health risk

    The United Nations (UN) has estimated that approximately 1.7 million premature deaths occur each year as the result of indoor air pollution caused by inefficient cookstoves, reports The New York Times. These emissions are also the leading cause of death in children under 5 years old.

    Most of the deaths occur in developing nations, where people still rely on primitive stoves and even open-wood fires for the majority of their cooking. However, the UN estimates that this practice affects people all over the globe by causing almost 20 percent of global greenhouse emissions, according to the news source.

    Every household should make sure that their current stoves comply with the latest safety regulations in order to ensure that their homes are safe, especially if the stove is an older model. Another idea families should consider to protect their home is investing in a home air purifier. Air purifiers like those we offer from the IQAir HealthPro Series help filter dangerous emissions from the air inside your home and can remove over 99 percent of other airborne contaminants, such as mold, pollen, pet dander and viruses.

  • Air pollution is linked to premature births in some

    There are a number of health hazards that are particular to pregnant women, but a new study from the UCLA School of Public Health has added one more to the list: the air you breathe. The study, which looked at 100,000 births in the Los Angeles area, found that women who are exposed to traffic-related air pollution have a 30 percent higher chance of experiencing pre-term births, reports ABC News.

    The chemical researchers believe is most actively responsible for these staggering rates is polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Traffic has been identified as a leading cause of PAH outdoors, however findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that PAH levels can be between two and five times greater indoors than they are outdoors.

    Of course, pregnant women should be concerned about the quality of the air wherever they are. However, ensuring a safe home haven is of the utmost importance. Expecting families may want to consider investing in a home air purifier. Professional-grade air purifiers help to filter out over 99 percent of the toxins and common irritants found in indoor air and can help ensure that your home is a safe environment for both you and your new arrival.

  • Protect your home from one of the top 5 environmental hazards

    Indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and it's one that everyone encounters.

    Adverse health effects can begin after a single exposure to common air pollutants, such as those found in paint and new carpeting, and may include side effects like coughing, wheezing, throat and nose irritation, watery eyes and more. Repeated exposure can lead to chronic fatigue or dizziness and other, more serious complications. Serious health risks associated with indoor air pollution include allergies, asthma, heart and respiratory disease, premature births, some cancers and many other conditions.

    In many cases, exposure symptoms are short-term and can be treated effectively by removing the source of the pollutants. However, in many cases, it simply is not possible to remove all airborne contaminants.

    The best way to control the risks associated with this hazard is by eliminating the source of the pollutants and maintaining a well-ventilated home that circulates fresh outdoor air. Unfortunately, most people live in areas where the air outdoors might not be much fresher than what's already circulated inside their homes. In these cases, the EPA suggests the use of an air-cleaning device, such as a home air purifier.

  • Ozone alert issued for Fort Collins, Colorado

    It isn't uncommon for ozone alerts to be issued during the summer months when the weather is warm and pollution stays at ground-level. However, these warnings are not only to acknowledge the high levels of pollution in the hair - they are to prevent individuals from breathing in the toxins during the alert as well.

    Recently, an ozone alert was issued for Fort Collins in Colorado due to the increased levels of contaminants in the air, according to The Coloradoan. Warm temperatures and light winds played a role in keeping the pollution around where it could be inhaled and pose a threat to the public.

    During ozone alerts, individuals are encouraged to stay indoors until the warning has been lifted. The pollution in the air can cause breathing complications for the elderly, small children and those who have respiratory ailments.

    Individuals who want to remove contaminants from the atmosphere in their homes may want to purchase the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This air purifier contains a HyperHEPA filter that can eliminate irritants in up to 900 square feets of space.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is also designed to remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. The system can potentially prevent airborne illnesses as well.

  • Casinos willing to negotiate public smoking ban terms

    Many regions are considering bans on smoking in public areas, and Ohio County in West Virginia is one of them. Smoking can cause a series of negative health complications, including cancer. However, secondhand smoke can be just as detrimental to those who inhale it on a regular basis.

    Recently, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department began pushing the idea of a ban on public smoking across the area. However, local casinos are not thrilled about the idea, which they feel may deter business, according to The State-Journal.

    "Economic impact has always been a concern with Clean Indoor Air regulations, even back in the 90s when it was introduced in West Virginia," Health Department Administrator Howard Gamble told the news source.

    Although it puts casinos in a compromising position, many say they may be willing to comply if there is a transition period to do so.

    Clean air might be hard to find outdoors, but it doesn't have to be at home. An air purifier can remove harmful chemicals from the air with a HEPA filter for those who suffer from respiratory conditions.

    The IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier has a HyperHEPA filter that can eliminate secondhand smoke toxins from up to 900 square feet of space.

  • Ozone alert issued for the Kansas City region

    With the warm weather and the humidity that comes with summer, it is not uncommon for pollution to stay at ground-level and cause breathing complications. This is why public health officials are quick to warn individuals about the air quality to prevent people from suffering from health issues.

    Recently, an ozone alert was issued for the Kansas City region on August 1 to acknowledge the high level of pollution in the air, according to The Eudora News. The Mid-America Regional Council Air Quality Program issued the alert upon finding the amount of toxins to be harmful to breathe.

    During an ozone alert, individuals are likely to find difficulty breathing through smog. The warning should especially be taken into consideration by elderly people, children and those with respiratory ailments.

    An air purifier can make it easier to breathe in the home. A HEPA filter can remove harmful chemicals from the atmosphere and lower the chances of breathing complications.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus system can be especially effective in a home. It can remove irritants from up to 900 square feet of space with its HyperHEPA filter. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is also designed to eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size.

  • Ozone alert issued for Rhode Island due to smog

    Air pollution may seem like an everyday concern, but when smog reaches dangerous levels, quality control officials are adamant about getting the word out to raise awareness of the problem.

    On July 18, the Department of Environmental Management in Rhode Island issued an ozone alert for the state, according to the Boston Globe. The goal was to educate residents on the dangers of being outside during these warnings, which signify unhealthy levels of pollution.

    During ozone alerts, individuals are encouraged to carpool and utilize public transportation to reduce carbon emissions from cars. Young children and elderly adults are also at a high risk of breathing complications when ozone alerts are in effect. Residents are advised to stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities until after the warning is lifted.

    Those who want to breathe easier may want to consider using an air purifier. A HEPA filter can remove irritating toxins from the atmosphere that can cause difficulty breathing.

    The IQ HealthPro Plus system can eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from up to 900 square feet of space. It can be beneficial for those with allergies and asthma.

  • Smoking may cause birth defects in newborns

    Most people know that smoking can cause a slew of negative health effects, especially in pregnant women. However, it can be difficult to kick the habit, even when carrying another life.

    Mothers who smoke during pregnancy may not only be putting their own health at risk, but the health of their unborn child, according to the Los Angeles Times. It has been known for years that smoking can increase the risk of miscarriage, but a study recently published in the Human Reproduction Update journal shows that cigarette usage can also raise the odds of other ailments in newborns.

    Deformed limbs, cleft palette and heart problems are now linked to mothers who smoke while pregnant.

    Second-hand smoke can also have a negative effect on expecting mothers and the general public alike. The chemicals in cigarette smoke can make it difficult to breathe for individuals with respiratory conditions.

    Those who want to breathe easier may want to consider purchasing an air purifier. The IQAir GC MultiGas Indoor Air Purifier can remove cigarette smoke chemicals such as methylamine, methyl vinyl ketone and methyl sulfid from the atmosphere.

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