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  • Summer's poor air quality may impact the health of many Americans

    The oppressive heat wave cascading across the United States has impacted everything from agriculture to community pools. While these sectors are important, understanding how high temperatures are affecting air quality is also vital.

    Many counties across the nation are warning residents of poor air quality as a result of high ozone levels. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, high ozone levels can cause respiratory issues such as coughing, throat irritation, pain, burning, chest discomfort when breathing, shortness of breath and wheezing.

    "[Ozone] hurts not just people and their lungs but it can damage buildings and plants, just about anything it comes into contact with for a long period of time," Environmental Health and Lab Manager Jim Steinhoff told WXOW News 19.

    Homeowners concerned about the impact of high ozone can invest in a home air purifier. Medical-grade units such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier improves indoor air quality by removing fine particulate matter and pollutants that remain close to the ground when heat levels are high.

  • Orlando electric utility upgrade suspended

    Upgrades to the government-owned electric utility company in Orlando have been suspended. For the past few years, officials crafted plans to spend approximately $100 million to improve the efficiency of the plant, however, court battles and uncertain federal legislation have delayed the project, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

    Without clear and definable standards, the Orlando Utilities Commission is wary of starting the process of upgrading the power plant. While officials wish to reduce pollution, stating the improvements could improve air quality all the way to Texas, unexpected costs accruing from new standards could harm the success of the project, according to the news source. As a result, the improvements to the plant are on hold until federal standards are clearly defined and settled on.

    "It's astonishing to people sometimes how far pollution can blow," Janice Nolen, the association's assistant vice president of national policy and advocacy, told the news source. "No matter how much some states want to clean up their air, and a lot of states do, they can't because of the pollution coming across their line. This really is a problem that needs to be addressed with a cross-state rule."

    Air pollution is not an issue that impacts just one region. The negative health effects associated with fine particulate matter produced by plants can stretch out across the country. Consequently, homeowners concerned about air quality can invest in the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

  • Summer smog detracts from the nation?s greatest natural treasures

    The summer haze is getting thick enough to obscure the view of the United State’s greatest natural treasures. Millions of Americans travel to the nation’s parks to see the sights. In fact, over nine million people will visit the Great Smokey Mountains in 2012 if yearly indicators are correct, The New York Times reports. However, many people may be unable to see a clear picture of the rolling mountainsides due to smog created from modern industry.

    The Clean Air Act and other legislation is attempting to reduce the presence of harmful toxins in the air to improve the health of Americans and allow the nation’s greatest treasures to remain safe and visible.

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act Amendments will prevent the early death of over 230,000 Americans in 2020. While legislation is helping to improve air quality outdoors, consider investing in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of fine particulate matter indoors. IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can drastically improve air quality in a home.

  • Coalition strives to include air quality improvement program in 2012 Farm Bill

    A coalition of agricultural representatives led by the California Farm Bureau Federation is pooling its resources to convince the state’s House of Representatives to include funding for an air quality improvement program in a draft of the 2012 Farm Bill, the Sierra Sun Times reports.

    The bill is an update to the 2008 Farm Bill, which allowed farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to participate in a cost-sharing program to reduce carbon emissions, reports the news source. The program has been a success, as it has reduced carbon emissions by about five tons per day since enacted with the cooperation of 1,100 individuals.

    "Air quality improvement and the stewardship of natural resources are priorities for farmers," California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger told the news source. "We hope that the House will recognize the importance of the program and maintain it in the bill."

    California metros are notorious for their poor air quality. Homeowners wishing to reduce the presence of air toxins in their homes may consider investing in an air purifier. Technology such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier limits fine particulate matter found in the air.

  • New study finds smoking increases pollution

    A new medical study by Otago University researchers in Wellington, New Zealand has found that cigarettes significantly increase air pollution. The study lasted five weeks and measured fine particulate matter linked to heart disease, decreased lung function and lung cancer, reports the New Zealand Herald.

    Air quality tests were conducted around 284 smokers at a shopping center at an average distance of about 8.5 feet. According to the research, air quality at that distance featured 70 percent more fine particles than areas with no smokers around. The mean pollution level measured near a smoker standing at a bus stop was 16 times higher than when there were no smokers present.

    ''[Smoking is] adding to air pollution. People are being exposed to this all the time, as well as industry pollution and home fires," said associate professor Nick Wilson, according to the news source.

    Homeowners living with a smoker or near neighbors that consume cigarettes can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of harmful toxins.

  • Watch out for Independence Day air pollution

    The Fourth of July is a national holiday in the United States, and residents across the country recently celebrated America's independence with colorful fireworks and bright explosions. However, many people fail to realize that the leftovers from these pyrotechnics can pollute the air for quite some time, and some municipal authorities even issue warnings to citizens.

    According to Fox 40, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in Northern California warned smoke pollution may cause lung infections, bronchitis and cardiac arrest. These are serious health conditions that can be triggered by byproducts from fireworks drifting in the air. In Chicago, ABC reported that ground-level ozone and fine particles will be prevalent enough to affect those with pre-existing respiratory and cardiac conditions. Other metro areas in the United States posted similar warnings due to higher than usual temperatures, which can aggravate ozone and particles amounts.

    If you live anywhere close to a fireworks display, it might be a good idea to invest in a home air purifier. Devices from IQAir can remove hazardous particles and harmful ash from the air in a home, and they are well suited to combat a spike in pollution levels after the Fourth of July.

  • Wisconsin improves air quality standards

    Wisconsin may seldom be mentioned when it comes to air pollution standards, but the state has recently been taking strides to reduce the production of harmful pollutants by factories and other industrial companies. Environmental Protection reported the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with Dairyland Power Cooperative (DPC) that will blanket power plants in Alma and Genoa, Wisconsin. The DPC will spend $150 million to improve pollution control technology.

    "This settlement will improve air quality in Wisconsin and downwind areas by significantly reducing releases of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and other harmful pollutants," said Ignacia S. Moreno, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice.

    The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin is expected to approve the settlement after a 30-day period. However, pollutants will still be leaked in some quantities, and even the strictest safety standards may not be able to prevent the release of harmful toxins. Those facing the risk of exposure to these and other harmful chemicals can invest in the IQAir GC MultiGas home air purifier. This device filters out everything from smog particles to allergens, and ensures the good health of any home occupant.

  • Is the air inside your home harming your health?

    Indoor air can contain toxic pollutants ranging from smog wafting from nearby highways to common household cleaners. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks Americans will experience.

    Undesirable levels of contaminants enter the home and recycle through air ventilation systems, and some mechanisms do not remove the majority of these toxins. Fine particulate matter and gaseous pollutants can aggravate and promote the development of an illness. The first includes dust, smoke, pollen, dander, tobacco smoke, mold, bacteria and other materials. The later refers to pollutants coming from combustion processes such as gas cooking stoves, vehicle exhaust and tobacco smoke.

    These and other pollutants are linked to aggravating respiratory illnesses such as asthma. In addition, these might increase a person’s risk of heart attack, stroke and even certain forms of cancer.

    Homeowners concerned about the negative impact of poor air quality can invest in an air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier. The right, medical-grade tool can reduce symptoms commonly linked to poor air quality.

  • Code red air quality in Atlanta

    Health officials from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Environmental Protection Division have issued a code red air quality alert for Atlanta for June 29, 2012. The record high temperatures, stagnant wind and increased levels of humidity will create unhealthy smog levels in the surrounding metro area.

    A code red signifies that everyone is at risk for respiratory problems due to the poor air quality. However, groups such as children, the elderly and those afflicted with asthma or other respiratory issues are particularly at risk.

    Homeowners concerned about the negative impacts of poor air quality can invest in a home air purifier. Implementing the use of technology such as IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can greatly reduce a person’s exposure to toxins and respiratory aggravators.

    Even on days labeled as unhealthy due to the combination of air pollutions and environmental factors, a homeowner can stay safe in their house with a home air purifier.

    The climate is not going to change in Atlanta, so make sure the right technology is taking care of you and your loved ones.

  • Ozone can negatively impact the heart in less than two hours

    Even healthy adults with no history of heart disease are not immune to the effects of ozone. According to a new report in the medical journal "Circulation," volunteers that spent two hours exercising while being exposed to ozone showed unfavorable changes in heart function.

    The changes included a surge in inflammation markers and decreased levels of enzymes that break down blood clots, which indicate a link between air pollution and heart disease. The study exposed 23 young people to air containing 0.3 parts per million of ozone, which is higher than normal levels in American cities yet not uncommon in Beijing or Mexico City.

    Exposure to even reduced levels of ozone can negatively impact heart health. While previous studies have linked the two together, this is the first to numerically track the impact of the pollutant on heart and lung health.

    Homeowners concerned about their exposure to ozone can invest in a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier. The medical-grade technology can help improve heart and lung health.

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