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  • Do not mistake winter allergies for colds

    Many people across the U.S. may find themselves suffering from illnesses or strange symptoms throughout the winter. Although most of these individuals will likely attribute things like itchy eyes, sneezing and congestion to the common cold, which runs rampant during the colder months, they could actually be suffering from winter allergies. 

    According to ABC News, allergies and colds share several symptoms, and it is easy to mistake one for the other. Both are often characterized by sneezing, as well as runny or stuffy noses. However, allergies will typically cause an individual to have itchy eyes and should not lead to things like a fever or general aches and pains. Those symptoms are indicative of a cold or flu, the news source reported. 

    Although there is no way to bypass winter allergies altogether, individuals can take steps to improve their comfort in their own homes. An easy way to do this is by investing in a professional-grade home air purifier. Models like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are capable of reducing the amount of irritants in the air, helping those suffering from allergies breathe easier when indoors. 

  • 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."  

  • Young families may want to invest in air filters

    Families that have recently welcomed a baby likely have their hands full with caring for their bundle of joy. Keeping these young children safe and healthy becomes incredibly important, but one area that new parents may be overlooking is how their pets affect children. 

    Fur and dander from pets may be irritating to a young child whose immune system is in development. While families will need to take measures to prepare an animal for an addition to the family, they also can try a few other practices that will improve the health of an entire family. 

    People with both pets and infants will want to take steps to ensure the health of both. This is one area where home air purifiers can be a major advantage. Professional-grade devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are ideal for individuals with allergies - or even young children who may have allergies or bad reactions of which parents may be unaware. 

    Another issue growing families need to be aware of is how allergy medication can affect pregnancy. Expectant mothers may have to alter their medications - a concept that can be daunting for individuals with pet allergies. This is yet another area where a home air filter can come in handy, as it makes it easier to breathe indoors without taking extreme measures. 

  • Secondhand smoke related to asthma in children

    The dangers of secondhand smoke have been well documented. As such, many parents are concerned with protecting kids from these harmful vapors, and research suggests they have good reason to be. Secondhand smoke has been found to aggravate asthma in children, which in turn can lead to missed school days, poor sleeping habits and an aversion to physical activity, Reuters reported. 

    "I think the most important factor is that even low level exposure - the kind of exposure that might happen with a parent who smokes outside - can have negative consequences," Dr. Karen M. Wilson, who studies exposure to secondhand smoke in children, told the news source. "Not smoking at all, and limiting exposure from other sources ... is the best way to protect children with asthma." 

    Protecting children from secondhand smoke is of the utmost importance, but some parents will want to do more than simply keep kids away from smokers. Investing in a medical-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas can be a good choice for these families. The filter is capable of ridding the air of a wide variety of chemicals and irritants, including secondhand smoke. 

  • Sleep better to improve allergies and health

    Individuals who have invested in home air purifiers can reap the benefits of breathing cleaner air. For many, that often results in better sleep quality, as they are able to rest without worrying about irritants and other disruptions. Getting the right amount of rest is important for more than just productivity and mood, however.

    A recent study conducted by the University of Helsinki found that insufficient sleep increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Those who don't get adequate sleep often have mechanisms within their immune system falter, causing an inflammatory response in the body that can result in diseases. 

    "These results corroborate the idea that sleep does not only impact brain function, but also interactions with our immune system and metabolism," said researcher Vilma Aho. "... Some of these changes appear to be long-term and may contribute to the development of diseases that have been linked to sleep deprivation." 

    Because sleep is so important for a healthy lifestyle, individuals should be doing everything they can to improve their nightly habits. Purchasing a high-end purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus is a wise investment, as it can rid many of the allergens that irritate individuals in the home. 

  • Certain construction materials may lead to asthma

    There are many reasons why an individual may want to invest in a home air purifier, such as if members of their family suffer from allergies or asthma. However, the very materials that make up a home may be the cause of those medical issues. A recent study, titled "Dampness in Buildings and Health," found that individuals living in homes with PVC flooring were more likely to have asthma later in life. 

    PVC, or soft polyvinyl chloride, is a popular flooring material. However, it has been found to release phthalates into its surroundings, and those chemicals can have a significant impact on asthma and other health issues.

    Research from the Dampness in Buildings and Health study discovered that this material was directly related to situations were children developed instances of asthma later in life. In some cases, the risk was more than doubled in children with PVC flooring as in those without. It may even be tied to prenatal exposure, as parents' bedrooms with the flooring was also found to have an impact on children developing asthma. 

    Whether these harmful materials are found in a home or individuals just want to take preventative measures to improve your health, a professional-grade purifier like the IQAir GC MultiGas can clear the air of many chemicals and irritants. 

  • Certain construction materials may lead to asthma

    There are many reasons why an individual may want to invest in a home air purifier, such as if members of their family suffer from allergies or asthma. However, the very materials that make up a home may be the cause of those medical issues. A recent study, titled "Dampness in Buildings and Health," found that individuals living in homes with PVC flooring were more likely to have asthma later in life. 

    PVC, or soft polyvinyl chloride, is a popular flooring material. However, it has been found to release phthalates into its surroundings, and those chemicals can have a significant impact on asthma and other health issues.

    Research from the Dampness in Buildings and Health study discovered that this material was directly related to situations were children developed instances of asthma later in life. In some cases, the risk was more than doubled in children with PVC flooring as in those without. It may even be tied to prenatal exposure, as parents' bedrooms with the flooring was also found to have an impact on children developing asthma. 

    Whether these harmful materials are found in a home or individuals just want to take preventative measures to improve your health, a professional-grade purifier like the IQAir GC MultiGas can clear the air of many chemicals and irritants. 

  • Winter may not provide allergy relief

    Many people who are plagued by allergies welcome the arrival of winter. Although colder temperatures may cause some discomfort, it is a small price to pay to find relief from itchy, watery eyes, congestion and other annoyances. 

    However, those who look forward to winter for a break from allergies may have to deal with some unforeseen issues during this upcoming season. A wet summer - filled with both rain and humidity - may have contributed to mold buildup in homes around the country. In many cases, it is difficult to find these growths, which can often leave them alone to grow and infiltrate a home. 

    "If you have an allergy that never ends when the seasons change, you may be allergic to the spores of molds or other fungi," the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America wrote on its website. "Mold lives everywhere, and disturbing a mold source can disperse the spores into the air. Inhaling the spores causes allergic reactions in some people." 

    To breathe easier at all times of the year, consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This device can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, creating a more comfortable indoor environment. 

  • Winter may not provide allergy relief

    Many people who are plagued by allergies welcome the arrival of winter. Although colder temperatures may cause some discomfort, it is a small price to pay to find relief from itchy, watery eyes, congestion and other annoyances. 

    However, those who look forward to winter for a break from allergies may have to deal with some unforeseen issues during this upcoming season. A wet summer - filled with both rain and humidity - may have contributed to mold buildup in homes around the country. In many cases, it is difficult to find these growths, which can often leave them alone to grow and infiltrate a home. 

    "If you have an allergy that never ends when the seasons change, you may be allergic to the spores of molds or other fungi," the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America wrote on its website. "Mold lives everywhere, and disturbing a mold source can disperse the spores into the air. Inhaling the spores causes allergic reactions in some people." 

    To breathe easier at all times of the year, consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This device can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, creating a more comfortable indoor environment. 

  • Consider indoor air quality testing

    Many people throughout the U.S. search for the best professional-grade air cleaner purifier to make it easier to breathe in their own homes. Models like the IQAir GC MultiGas can be extremely helpful for individuals looking to clear the air of a wide variety of irritants that could be causing problems. While investing in one of these filters is a smart move, some homeowners might want to go one step further and have their living spaces testing for air quality. 

    There are a few things that homeowners should be aware of before they get their indoor space tested. For one, there are not many enforceable standards that can be used to judge air quality in the home. That can make it especially difficult to make sense of air quality readings or select areas that need to be focused on. Despite these challenges, there are several types of irritants that individuals should be paying attention to, including gases and particles from combustion and home heating. 

    People with allergies may want to focus on clearing the air of mold spores or dust particles. These airborne toxins can aggravate existing allergies at any time of year, making it uncomfortable for individuals to be in their own homes. Those who are concerned about personal health may want to consider air filters like the IQ Air HealthPro Plus

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