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  • Gas stoves may impact air pollution, study shows

    Many individuals choose to invest in professional-grade air filters like the IQAir GC MultiGas to improve the air quality in their homes. The driving force behind these purchases is usually to clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, but some may not be aware of where these pollutants are coming from.

    According to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, those who use gas stoves may be exposed to high levels of air pollution. In fact, researchers found that as many as two-thirds of households in Southern California that use natural gas burners without the proper ventilation breathe in high levels of air pollution that exceed federal health standards. 

    The most common pollutants were nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, all of which may cause respiratory problems or similar health issues, the Los Angeles Times reported. These chemicals may even create an environment more harmful than pollutants outdoors. 

    Proper ventilation may remedy many of these problems, but older homes without a working range hood or those with other issues may see stoves impact indoor air quality. As a result, choosing a home air purifier that rids the air of pollutants like gas or cooking smells could be a smart investment for any individual.

  • Transport trains may cause air pollution

    Many Americans know that with cold winter weather comes an increased use of heating methods. That means that many individuals need coal, oil and other types of fuel to keep their spaces warm, and before they can get these resources they need to wait to have fuel products shipped to a given location - a process that may hurt the environment. 

    A recent study from a research group at the University of Washington looked at how the transport of these heating materials affected the environment. They found that there is a large increase in the amount of coal dust in the air when trains pass, which leads to significant spikes in pollution in areas near train tracks. 

    One of the unique aspects of this study was that it was entirely funded by outside individuals who wanted to know the results. With hundreds of people donating more than $20,000 to the effort, it is clear that many Americans are concerned about the air quality around their homes. Some may turn to home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas to improve the environment within a home, but that is only a small part of bettering the atmosphere. 

  • Idling vehicles contribute to air pollution

    Numerous studies have shown that people living near highways and heavily congested areas may experience the impact on air quality, but even those who live in suburbs or quieter regions need to be aware of the potential for pollution. A recent study, published in the journal Environmental Science Processes and Impacts, looked at how idling cars and school buses affected air quality around public schools in Cincinnati. 

    The research found that pollution in areas around schools may be measurably greater due to idling vehicles, and that poor air quality may have a negative impact on schoolchildren. 

    "Anti-idling campaigns are frequently attempted to improve air quality, but until now, no one has evaluated how effective they are," said Dr. Patrick Ryan, the lead author of the study. "The results of this study demonstrate, for the first time, that not idling is a simple and effective policy that can improve air quality at schools, especially schools with a large number of buses." 

    While this study focused on idling outside schools, homeowners may also be concerned about how vehicles are impacted their environment. Investing in medical-grade air filters like the IQAir GC MultiGas may help to clear the air in a home, and could provide some peace of mind for Americans regardless of where they live. 

  • California to track freeway emissions

    With so many studies releasing findings about the health impact of living near areas of heavy traffic, people across the U.S. are beginning to pay more attention to vehicle emissions. That is certainly true in Southern California, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is collected data regarding the air quality around freeways to measure pollution from traffic. 

    "This is a much-needed step to give us critical information to know how dirty the air is where people are breathing it," Frank O'Donnell, president of the advocacy group Clean Air Watch, told The Press-Enterprise. 

    Although California is set to track freeway emissions, there are no regulations for indoor settings. That makes it difficult for homeowners to track the air quality of their homes and make improvements that could help them breathe easier. For that reason, many people choose to invest in high-end home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas, which is capable of clearing the air of smoke, chemicals and similar pollutants. 

    Until the day it is possible to track all vehicle emissions and indoor air quality, homeowners may have to take measures to improve the environment in their personal space, and investing in a home air filter is a solid first step. 

  • States focus on climate change, reducing pollution

    The effects of air pollution on health have been well documented, and recent reports about some of the more intense consequences have sent individuals searching for home air filters. Although investing in a medical-grade product like the IQAir GC MultiGas can get rid of many chemicals and pollutants, widespread and comprehensive actions are needed, which is why some states along the West Coast are striving for change. 

    Governors from California, Oregon and Washington recently met with the Canadian premier of British Columbia to talk about climate change and pollution. These leaders are aiming to reduce carbon pollution and greenhouse gas omissions in their respective regions while also emphasizing the adaptation of zero-emission vehicles. The hope is that these efforts will lessen the impact on the environment and improve the health of residents - a prospect that could save millions of dollars in the long run. 

    "Nearly 30,000 hospital admissions and ER visits could have been avoided over the two-year period, with resulting savings of about $193 million," the RAND Corporation reported, as quoted by The Washington Post. "Because public insurers such as Medicare and Medi-Cal paid most of the pollution health care bill, they have a lot to gain from cleaner air."  

  • US carbon dioxide pollution decreases

    Individuals across the U.S. can do their part to help the environment by attempting to cut down on waste and pollution, and their efforts appear to be paying off. According to data from the U.S. Department of Energy, energy-related carbon dioxide pollution throughout the country fell by 3.8 percent in 2012. That is one of the biggest reductions since 1990, with only 2009 - the year many electrical and hybrid cars were introduced - boasting a larger drop. 

    Part of the reason for the decrease can be attributed to a warmer winter, which did not require as much heat, as well as more efficient cars entering the market. 

    "This latest drop in energy-related carbon emissions is reason for cautious optimism that we are already starting to move in the right direction," Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann told The Associated Press. "But this alone will not lead us toward the dramatic carbon reductions necessary to avoid dangerous climate change." 

    Some Americans may be eager to reduce the amount of pollutants in their own homes. A great solution for this problem is a high-end home air purifier, such as the IQAir GC MultiGas, which can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants. 

  • Prepare for poor winter air quality

    Winter is right around the corner, and that means individuals must be prepping for the arrival of low temperatures and inclement weather. Of course, they must also brace themselves for potential poor air quality, which can often arise as a byproduct of winter. 

    According to CBS News, winter typically has worse air pollution than the other seasons due to a combination of weather conditions and an increase in the number of homes and buildings burning fuel for heat. There is also a jump in the number of people relying on cars to get around in colder temperatures, instead of walking or biking like they may do in warmer times. 

    As more people spend time indoors and start heating their homes, air quality can become compromised. That makes it extremely important to take steps to improve the environment in the home, including cleaning spaces properly and doing whatever is necessary to avoid the build up of irritants. 

    One way to get ready for winter is by investing in a high-end home air purifier like the IQAir GC MultiGas. When individuals want to clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, whether it is second-hand smoke, chemicals or other pollutants, this type of home air filter may be the right choice. 

  • Exposure to diesel exhaust may lead to asthma

    There have been many recent studies detailing the harm that comes from traffic. Not only can air pollution increase the risk of cancer and heart disease, but it may have an effect on health developments in children. 

    A new report published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that children who are exposed to diesel exhaust have a greater chance of suffering from severe asthma. Diesel exhaust increases the amount of a protein known as IL-17A in the blood, which in turn can cause chronic inflammatory diseases as well. 

    In addition, the study found that children who were exposed to dust mites along with diesel exhaust often suffered from more severe asthma than those who were subjected to only traffic pollution. 

    While researchers found that diesel exhaust is a problem, they are closing in on a few treatments. Neutralizing the IL-17A protein can lead to relief for some asthmatics and may even counter the effects of traffic pollution on the body. Those treatments are still a long way off, however, and in the meantime individuals may want to take steps to clear the air of many common irritants. Home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas may be ideal for these situations. 

  • Air pollution found to cause cancer

    People all over the world may be trying to breathe easier with the help of home air purifiers like the IQAir GC MultiGas, which can help clear pollution from an environment. These individuals are helping more than their lungs, however. A recent report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization, found that air pollution causes cancer. 

    The IARC reported that air pollution, mostly caused by methods of transportation, is a carcinogen. Exposure to pollution may even be more dangerous than smoking, according to The Associated Press. 

    "We now know that outdoor air pollution is not only a major risk to health in general, but also a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths," Kurt Straif, head of the monographs section for the IARC, which ranks carcinogens, told Reuters. "The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances." 

    In 2010 alone, exposure to pollution was believed to be the cause of 223,000 deaths from lung cancer. It also may have increased the risk for bladder cancer in thousands of individuals, the news source reported. 

  • Pollution may affect birth weight of babies

    Many recent studies have looked at the effects that air quality and pollution have on pregnant women and their unborn children. The latest research, published in The Lancet respiratory medicine journal, found that exposure to many of the common air pollutants that stem from traffic can increase the risk of low-weight babies and other health problems. 

    The air pollutants from auto traffic can lead to low birth weight and reduced head circumference at birth. Both of these issues can lead to related infant health problems and even raises the risk of infant mortality. It can also result in problems like decreased lung function and stunted brain development. 

    "Overall, maternal exposure to traffic-derived particulate matter probably increases vulnerability of their offspring to a wide range of respiratory disorders in both infancy and later in life," Professor Jonathan Grigg of the University of London told The Guardian. 

    Pregnant women or those who are concerned about their personal health may want to consider investing in a home air purifier like the IQAir GC MultiGas can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, helping individuals breathe a bit easier in their homes. 

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