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  • Millions die due to air pollution each year

    Places all over the world are suffering from poor air quality, and that smog impacts all types of people. The World Health Organization recently released estimates stating that 7 million people died as a result of air pollution in 2012. That accounts for about 1 in 8 total global deaths. 

    Those staggering numbers underscore that air pollution is a major problem facing the world's population. In fact, the WHO claimed it is the single biggest environmental health risk facing the planet today, as it could lead to the onset of strokes, heart disease and cancer. Taking steps to improve the air quality could make a significant difference, potentially saving millions of lives. 

    "Cleaning up the air we breathe prevents noncommunicable diseases as well as reduces disease risks among women and vulnerable groups, including children and the elderly," said Dr. Flavia Bustreo, a WHO assistant director. "Poor women and children pay a heavy price from indoor air pollution since they spend more time at home breathing in smoke and soot from leaky coal and wood cook stoves." 

    The massive changes required to improve the air quality around the world begin with individual efforts. Embracing environmentally friendly practices is key, but those who want to enhance the air they breathe in the meantime may consider investing in HEPA air purifiers. Products like the IQAir GC MultiGas clear the air of a wide variety of pollutants, which can greatly improve indoor air quality. 

  • Millions die due to air pollution each year

    Places all over the world are suffering from poor air quality, and that smog impacts all types of people. The World Health Organization recently released estimates stating that 7 million people died as a result of air pollution in 2012. That accounts for about 1 in 8 total global deaths. 

    Those staggering numbers underscore that air pollution is a major problem facing the world's population. In fact, the WHO claimed it is the single biggest environmental health risk facing the planet today, as it could lead to the onset of strokes, heart disease and cancer. Taking steps to improve the air quality could make a significant difference, potentially saving millions of lives. 

    "Cleaning up the air we breathe prevents noncommunicable diseases as well as reduces disease risks among women and vulnerable groups, including children and the elderly," said Dr. Flavia Bustreo, a WHO assistant director. "Poor women and children pay a heavy price from indoor air pollution since they spend more time at home breathing in smoke and soot from leaky coal and wood cook stoves." 

    The massive changes required to improve the air quality around the world begin with individual efforts. Embracing environmentally friendly practices is key, but those who want to enhance the air they breathe in the meantime may consider investing in HEPA air purifiers. Products like the IQAir GC MultiGas clear the air of a wide variety of pollutants, which can greatly improve indoor air quality. 

  • Third-hand smoke can cause serious health problems, study shows

    The dangers of second-hand smoke have been well publicized, but what about other forms of the chemical infiltrating the air? According to a new study from the American Chemical Society, there is such a thing as third-hand smoke, and it could be posing a serious health problem to people around the U.S. 

    Third-hand smoke is the leftover smoke that sticks to walls and furniture. While some may simply view this odor as an annoyance, it could actually be a significant threat to personal health - especially to the well-being of children. Young kids may be putting smoke-infused items and toys into their mouths, exposing them to a range of harmful toxins. 

    The ACS found that this third-hand smoke, when mixed with other chemicals and pollutants, could form a carcinogen. Not only is cancer a threat, but the compounds may also lead to genetic mutations. 

    To avoid the problems associated with second- and third-hand smoke, invest in a medical-grade device like the IQAir GC MultiGas. This air cleaner purifier is capable of clearing the air of many common irritants, such as smoke. 

  • Third-hand smoke can cause serious health problems, study shows

    The dangers of second-hand smoke have been well publicized, but what about other forms of the chemical infiltrating the air? According to a new study from the American Chemical Society, there is such a thing as third-hand smoke, and it could be posing a serious health problem to people around the U.S. 

    Third-hand smoke is the leftover smoke that sticks to walls and furniture. While some may simply view this odor as an annoyance, it could actually be a significant threat to personal health - especially to the well-being of children. Young kids may be putting smoke-infused items and toys into their mouths, exposing them to a range of harmful toxins. 

    The ACS found that this third-hand smoke, when mixed with other chemicals and pollutants, could form a carcinogen. Not only is cancer a threat, but the compounds may also lead to genetic mutations. 

    To avoid the problems associated with second- and third-hand smoke, invest in a medical-grade device like the IQAir GC MultiGas. This air cleaner purifier is capable of clearing the air of many common irritants, such as smoke. 

  • Allergy season could be prolonged in 2014

    Allergies can plague people at all times of the year, but they are particularly annoying during the spring season. Unfortunately for people with these afflictions, the 2014 allergy season may be especially irritating, as experts predict that weather patterns may cause some regions of the U.S. to see extreme pollination and the widespread presence of allergens.

    According to AccuWeather, the Northeast and the Southeast will experience tough spring allergies. The tree pollen in these areas is expected to be plentiful, wreaking havoc on the sinuses for some individuals with allergies. Additionally, intermittent rain could only worsen allergies, while heavy constant rains or extremely dry weather would lead to less pollen in the air. 

    People in the Southeast need to be especially careful during allergy season, as the trees in this area tend to produce pollen at a rapid rate in a short amount of time. Conversely, the other sections of the country are a bit slower, but will still have long allergy seasons. 

    Individuals who want to prepare for this prolonged allergy season should invest in medical-grade home air purifiers. Options such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of a wide variety of allergens and irritants, providing people with some type of relief in their homes. 

  • More people affected by spring allergies, study shows

    The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates that as many as 30 percent of adults have allergies. More people are forced to deal with spring allergies each year, and their diagnoses are made worse by a variety of environmental factors. 

    A study from the ACAAI found that things such as climate change may be making allergy seasons worse. However, while those factors may exacerbate allergies, the amount of people complaining about their diagnoses might make it seem like they are more prevalent. 

    "While allergies are on the rise, affecting more and more Americans every year, each spring isn't necessarily worse than the last," said Dr. Michael Foggs, president of the ACAAI. "With more people being affected by seasonal allergies, it may seem like every year is the worst yet for sufferers. But in reality, there might just be more people complaining about symptoms." 

    Still, people must be prepared to treat allergies with different methods, as traditional medications alone may not be up to the task. 

    As more people begin to suffer from spring allergies, they will be searching for ways to relieve their symptoms. A great way to find relief is with home air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, which can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens that otherwise cause problems. 

  • More people affected by spring allergies, study shows

    The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates that as many as 30 percent of adults have allergies. More people are forced to deal with spring allergies each year, and their diagnoses are made worse by a variety of environmental factors. 

    A study from the ACAAI found that things such as climate change may be making allergy seasons worse. However, while those factors may exacerbate allergies, the amount of people complaining about their diagnoses might make it seem like they are more prevalent. 

    "While allergies are on the rise, affecting more and more Americans every year, each spring isn't necessarily worse than the last," said Dr. Michael Foggs, president of the ACAAI. "With more people being affected by seasonal allergies, it may seem like every year is the worst yet for sufferers. But in reality, there might just be more people complaining about symptoms." 

    Still, people must be prepared to treat allergies with different methods, as traditional medications alone may not be up to the task. 

    As more people begin to suffer from spring allergies, they will be searching for ways to relieve their symptoms. A great way to find relief is with home air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, which can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens that otherwise cause problems. 

  • Study shows air pollution affects child development

    Parents want to give their kids the best possible opportunities for enjoying a long and healthy life. Sometimes, however, environmental factors can get in the way and inhibit the quality of life of these children. 

    A study of children in China found that air pollution can have an effect on the genetic makeup of kids. Bloomberg reported that the genetic changes may result in a deficiency of learning abilities as the children involved in the study had poorer memory skills and related talents. Some of this may be tied to restricted blood flow to the brain during development, the source noted. 

    Although the subjects of the study were living in an area with extremely poor air quality, the findings underscore the importance of breathing in clean air. 

    Anyone concerned about air pollution will want to ensure they are doing all they can to protect their health. The first step to this is investing in a medical-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This device is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of chemicals and particles, making it easier to breathe for people of any age. 

  • Study shows air pollution affects child development

    Parents want to give their kids the best possible opportunities for enjoying a long and healthy life. Sometimes, however, environmental factors can get in the way and inhibit the quality of life of these children. 

    A study of children in China found that air pollution can have an effect on the genetic makeup of kids. Bloomberg reported that the genetic changes may result in a deficiency of learning abilities as the children involved in the study had poorer memory skills and related talents. Some of this may be tied to restricted blood flow to the brain during development, the source noted. 

    Although the subjects of the study were living in an area with extremely poor air quality, the findings underscore the importance of breathing in clean air. 

    Anyone concerned about air pollution will want to ensure they are doing all they can to protect their health. The first step to this is investing in a medical-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. This device is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of chemicals and particles, making it easier to breathe for people of any age. 

  • Improve the air inside a car and a home

    When most people are attempting to improve the air around them, they focus their efforts on steps like adding a home air purifier to an indoor space or reducing the emissions produced by their vehicles. While investing in a medical-grade device such as the IQAir GC MultiGas is ideal for clearing the air of chemicals, there are some additional steps that will improve the environment. 

    One area drivers will want to pay attention to is their vehicles' air filters. This is a key component of any car, as it cleans the incoming air while removing allergens and similar particles. Most experts know to check and replace this gear regularly, but drivers can easily lose sight of the importance of this step - something that could cause problems in the long run. 

    "A dirty or clogged cabin air filter can cause contaminants to become so concentrated in the cabin that passengers actually breathe in more fumes and particles when riding in the car than when walking down the street," said Rich White, the executive director of the Car Care Council. "With allergy season quickly approaching, replacing the cabin air filter is a simple way for you and your passengers to breathe easier while driving." 

    Taking steps to enhance the air indoors is great for the health and well-being of individuals, but the effort does not stop there. By improving the function of a car and its air filter, drivers can ensure they are breathing easier even when they leave the home. 

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