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  • Georgia to issue ground ozone alerts through October

    As global warming becomes a growing concern, more local governments are doing their part to inform the public of ways they can protect themselves from the effects of pollution.

    Between May and September, ozone forecasting is typically conducted across Georgia to assess ground-level ozone, according to The Weekly. In 2011, the process will begin in April and end in October, giving residents a full seven months of forecasting.

    "We decided to extend ozone forecasting to give people the information they need to make informed choices to better protect their health - as well as to encourage them to take air-friendly actions that will reduce pollution throughout the year," Susan Zimmer-Dauphinee, program manager for the Ambient Monitoring Program, told the news source.

    For homeowners who want to improve the air quality inside of their living spaces, the IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier is the perfect solution. This device has a HyperHEPA filter that is designed to catch air particles from automobiles and smoke while killing bacteria.

    The filter also has a product life of up to four years, requiring little maintenance from its users. It has advanced fan control and a carrying handle for ultimate convenience.

  • Second-hand smoke polluting some areas of the nation

    Second-hand smoke is no longer just a threat if you live with or stand close to someone smoking a cigarette. Harmful particles are making their way into the air at large, making it a larger pollution concern than some people initially thought.

    The Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy (KCSP) conducted a research study of the air quality in Rowan County, Kentucky, and found that city dwellers outside Morehead were at risk for being exposed to harmful levels of second-hand smoke, though Morehead, which recently implemented smoke-free laws, had smoke levels six to seven times lower than the surrounding area, The Morehead News reports.

    Beyond implementing far-reaching legislation, there are a few simple steps people can take (such as avoiding congested thoroughfares) to avoid pollution. We can exercise a much greater amount of control over indoor spaces, however, by installing a high-quality air purifying system.

    FreshAirPro offers a range of top-rated, best-selling brands that implement the most sophisticated technologies available on the market today. Many of their machines combine a minimum of a HEPA filter as well as activated carbon to both filter particles and remove harmful chemicals and odors from the air.

  • Up close and personal with air pollution particles

    It's been widely accepted that air pollution is bad for our health, but it hasn't been easy - even for scientists - to determine exactly why.

    However, a recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found a link between diabetes patients' responses to air pollution and the way a normal respiratory system would function, University of Rochester Medical Center News reports. In the study, diabetes patients breathing in ultrafine particles found in polluted air experienced an activation of their blood platelets, a response which could increase the risk of heart disease.

    "Our findings indicate that when someone is exposed to air pollution, the platelets become activated, which would make them more likely to trigger a heart attack," researcher Mark Frampton, M.D., said.

    Although there are measures that health-conscious individuals may take to avoid pollution-heavy areas outside, much greater control can be exercised over one's indoor air environment. Purchasing one of the top-market air purifiers available from FreshAirPro is the most effective means to clear pollutants and other airborne contaminants from the air that you breathe.

  • Pollutants and your lungs: A microscopic breakdown

    While recent studies have revealed that air pollution is the leading cause of heart attacks, it may be difficult to gauge just how small the particles are that can lead to bodily harm, or which environments affect us the worst.

    According to the Daily Mail, spending time in traffic usually presents the largest risk factor, and it's generally recommended to find ways to spend less time on congested thoroughfares.

    Meanwhile, there are measures you can take to control the indoor air quality of your home. Installing an air purifying system is the most effective line of defense against pollution, allergens and a range of other respiratory ailments.

    Polluted air contains particles that are less than 10 microns wide, which is small enough to enter the lungs and cause inflammation, the news source reports. The IQAir HealthPro Plus, on other hand, comes with a HyperHEPA filter, the most advanced filter of its class, which is capable of tackling particulate matter as small as .003 microns in size. What's the advantage? You do the math.

  • Air pollution creates higher risk for heart attack than previously thought

    Among the list of factors that contribute to the risk of heart attack published in the journal Lancet, traffic and air pollution weighed in as much higher threats than cocaine usage on a population-wide level.

    According to The Boston Globe's Deborah Kotz, traffic and air pollution are responsible for 12 percent of all heart attacks worldwide. Cocaine usage weighs in at about 1 percent, although this is taking into account that .04 percent of the population uses cocaine, compared to 100 percent who are exposed to pollution.

    Given the associated health risks, individuals may want to take matters into their own hands when it comes to protecting the respiratory health of themselves and their families.

    Investing in a professional grade air purifying system is the most effective way to eliminate airborne contaminants from your indoor air.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus comes with four advanced filtration technologies to combat a range of pollutants, including gases, odors and volatile compounds. The HealthPro Plus contains activated carbon, the best-known solution for removing harmful chemicals from the air.

  • Ozone smog pollution linked to asthma

    Those who live in major cities are probably well-aware of the risks associated with pollution, but a new study has found increasing evidence of the spread of ozone smog and its links to respiratory ailments.

    "The study found that even at low levels, ozone smog increases the risk of asthma attacks and irritation in the respiratory system. Together with air pollution it can also contribute to heart attacks and strokes," Voice of America News reports.

    According to the news source, this affects at least 20 million Americans who suffer from asthma and take precautionary measures not to breathe too many bus fumes or subject themselves to more pollution than is necessary on a day-to-day basis.

    Those who wish to minimize their exposure to pollution should invest in a professional-grade air purifying system. The advanced filtration technologies found in FreshAirPro's line of top-quality brands will provide the best line of defense against pollutants as well as a range of other airborne contaminants. Look for air purifiers with HEPA filters and activated carbon to effectively tackle particulate matter as well as harmful chemicals and gases.

  • Giant snails measure air pollution more accurately than some instruments

    A sewage company in St. Petersburg, Russia, is teaching us all that when it comes to the quality of the air that you breathe, it pays to rely on your own senses sometimes.

    Vodokanal, a St. Petersburg water company, is using giant snails, which serve as indicators of potentially harmful pollution from a sewage incinerator on the basis that the snails can pick up air quality readings more readily than the company's instruments. It has also employed crayfish to evaluate the quality of the city's drinking water, The Australian reports.

    "Live organisms won't deceive anyone about the danger of pollution," Vodokanal director or wastewater disposal Olga Rublevskaya told the news source. "Now we are under the watch of snails and crayfish all the time."

    If your nose has ever indicated that your indoor air quality is amiss, this may be a legitimate prompt to install a professional grade air purifying system in your home. Invest in any of FreshAirPro's top-rated brands to effectively tackle dust, dust mites, mold, pollution, microorganisms, pet dander, pollen and gases.

  • New York declares Air Quality Action Day

    The New York downtown metro area declared an Air Quality Action Day on Friday to curb what is forecasted to be an elevated level of particulate matter (PM) pollution, prompting residents to take public transportation, carpool or walk.

    According to the Long Island Press, the New York State Department of Transportation issued the initiative to combat side affects related to PM pollution, such as heart attacks, asthma attacks, stroke and other respiratory and cardiovascular complications.

    Opting to drive less is among the most effective methods for reducing air contamination, but homeowners may want to take every measure available to them to ensure that the air they breathe inside is as clean as it can be. Installing one of FreshAirPro's professional grade air purifying systems will deliver you the most trusted means of filtration, as many of their machines use the most cutting edge technology on the market.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one of the top-rated, best-selling machines. It uses a HyperHEPA filter to effectively tackle particles as small as .003 microns in size.

  • Los Angeles schools tackle asthma with air filters

    Getting asthma under control may not be easy, but measures can be taken to enhance air quality in the spaces where asthma sufferers spend most of their time.

    The Los Angeles Times reports that over 40 schools in the Wilmington metro area will be equipped with air filtration systems in an effort to reduce asthma symptoms among students. The condition has been linked to elevated pollution levels in the Port of Los Angeles.

    The filters are part of a deal made by environmental groups with the city of L.A. in 2008 to alleviate health symptoms caused by cargo pollution. At least 40 percent of the nation's imported goods come through the port, resulting in high concentrations of harmful contaminants, the news source reports.

    High quality air purifiers such as the ones being installed in the schools use the most effective methods of removing airborne particles and pollution indoors. Those who wish to invest in a filtration system for their own homes should look to FreshAirPro for the highest-rated, best-trusted brands on the market today.

  • Maryland subject to out-of-state air pollution

    Living in a state with strict pollution laws doesn't always mean its residents will be protected from airborne contamination.

    Even though it passed laws several years ago to curb pollutant levels within its own state, Maryland is still at risk for harmful mercury emissions coming from neighboring states, according to the Baltimore Sun.

    Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia have some of the highest levels of mercury emissions in the country. Additionally, many of those harmful toxins migrate directly to Maryland, where 73 percent of all mercury air pollution comes from outside sources, the news source reports.

    Those who are subject to air pollution they can't control can improve the breathing conditions in their homes by installing professional grade air purifying systems.

    Machines with built-in activated carbon, such as the IQAir GC MultiGas, employ the most effective technique to eliminate harmful gases, odors and chemicals from the air. The GC MultiGas works like a professional gas mask to effectively filter allergens, smoke, bacteria and viruses in addition to multiple gas compounds and volatile organic compounds.

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