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  • Medical-grade air purifiers can help you breathe easier after quitting smoking

    One of the more frustrating parts of being a smoker is that after a while, breathing can become difficult. Even the slightest exertion can result in being out of breath.

    This problem is generally a result of the irritation inside the lungs that is caused by the inhalation of smoke particles and toxins. This can be one of the main reasons people decide to finally buckle down and quit cigarettes.

    The problem is that after quitting, your lungs are often still irritated. Though you've stopped putting constant toxins into your lungs, it can be frustrating to sit and wait for function to fully return. Though it typically takes a few months for your lung functions to return to normal, you can help by investing in a medical-grade air purifier.

    The powerful filtration will not only work quickly to remove any remnants of tobacco smoke lingering through your home, but the cleaner air will be good for your lungs, especially while you're trying to improve their function.

  • Dust storms may negatively impact West Coast air quality

    Winter dust storms located on the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado have sharply risen, and out of the 65 dust storm events that have occurred since 2003, 32 have happened in the last three years, according to the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies.

    These dust storms reduce air quality, which may have an adverse effect on an individual's health if he does not spend time in an indoor facility equipped with a professional-grade air purifier.

    The dust in these regions carry a distinct iron oxide-heavy chemical signature, according to The New York Times. For those monitoring regional air quality, the increase in dust storms and the alarmingly high rates of asthma may suggest a link. A 2010 indicator report by the Utah Department of Health states that areas identified as frequently affected by dust storms experienced pronounced levels of asthma that exceeded statewide averages.

    The survey reported that 13.6 percent of adult residents in these rural areas suffer from asthma in comparison to the 7.5 percent nationally, reports The New York Times. Homes equipped with an IQAir® HealthPro Plus air purifier could experience reduced levels of asthma attacks by eliminating air pollutants.

  • Indoor air can contain more pollutants than outdoor

    A recent study found more than 400 chemicals ranging from pesticides to phthalates inside household air in Arizona homes. Researchers placed air-collecting devices in 52 homes in Arizona along the Mexican border for 30 days, according to Environmental Health News. Using chromatography and mass spectrometry, they were able to identify 400 individual chemicals.

    However, 586 chemicals were cataloged, leaving scientists unable to identify at least 120 of the chemicals, the source reports. A high-end home air purifier could assist in removing toxins inside the home.

    Amongst the identified chemicals, there were 27 different organochlorine pesticides detected. P,p’-DDE is a breakdown of the now banned pesticide DDT and was detected in more than 90 percent of homes, according to the source.

    While the majority of the unidentifiable chemicals were similar to fragrance compounds, many of the identifiable elements are considered to be a risk to human health with long-term exposure. The high concentrations of banned pesticides and other organic compounds has helped bring upon the realization that average home air quality may often be worse than its outside counterpart if a home air purifier is not used.

  • Kennecott copper mine causes huge problems for clean air

    In Utah, a variety of groups have introduced a lawsuit against Kennecott Utah Copper Mine, claiming that the company had knowingly broken laws outlined in the Clean Air Act in regards to their air pollution.

    The filers of the suit, including a society of physicians, claim that the mine is responsible for nearly a third of the air pollution in the Salt Lake area. In 1994, the mine agreed to laws that were enacted to keep production under 150.5 tons a year. This regulation was enforced to minimize the dust thrown into the air from mining, as well as reduce emissions from the heavy mining machinery and transportation vehicles.

    While the mine has received permission from the state to increase production drastically, the suit claims that these production increases were never cleared on a federal level, or with the EPA, and that the mine has broken clean air restrictions as a result. The groups filing the suit hope to see a reduction to safe production levels, and monetary awards to be used for cleaning the air and environmental safeguards.

    While the lawsuit is decided, the air remains polluted. If you worry about the effect of constant air pollution on you and your family, invest in a medical-grade air purifier to filter out toxins and keep the air in your home healthy.

  • Help your child's asthma with the IQAir Perfect16 Whole House Air Purifier

    As far as chronic conditions go, asthma is one of the more easily manageable ones, but that doesn't mean you should just accept it. Asthma works by constantly swelling and inflaming the airways, causing the sufferer to experience difficult breathing and wheezing. This can become particularly dangerous when common irritants are inhaled, as it may cause a reaction that further restricts airways. This can lead to oxygen deprivation and is often treated through inhaled steroids.

    Asthma can be a result of intense allergies, a severe respiratory infection and occasionally extreme amounts of allergens or pollutants. If your child suffers from asthma, you know that out in the world, there is little you can do to ease her symptoms - but your home is a different story.

    Consider investing in an IQAir Perfect16 Whole House Air Purifier. This air purification system is installed within the vents that circulate air around your home, such as air conditioning and heating vents. It has a perfect industry rating for air cleaning and can improve the air inside your home by up to 90 percent.

    This clean air will surely allow your asthma-stricken loved one to breathe easier, knowing her home is filled with fresh air.

  • New EPA rules will likely shut down coal plants by 2014

    The Environmental Protection Agency's new changes to the Clean Air Act are likely to have the extra effect of causing some older coal-burning power plants to shut down. These plants, nearly all of which are over 50 years old, have been kept running due to loopholes in the Clean Air Act that allowed plants built before a certain time to continue running without restrictions.

    This loophole was intended to allow plants on the verge of closing a few final years before shutting down, but many of them still run, without any air filters or environmental restrictions. The EPA's new restrictions will affect many of those plants, however, and cause the majority of them to shut down.

    Opponents of the changes argue that the loss of jobs and energy this shutdown will cause is inexcusable, while those supporting the revisions tout statistics about how much cleaner the air would be without these high-pollution locations.

    Either way, the shut downs will likely not go into effect until 2014, meaning that, for the time being, pollution will continue to to accumulate. If you want to keep these airborne toxins from your home, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier. The powerful filtering technology will keep the air in your home safe for you and your family.

  • Clean Air Act violation results in $12 million fine

    The Clean Air Act is a piece of legislation that is designed to improve the health of every American citizen through regulation of pollution and strict attention to air quality. Pelican Refining Company LLC, a Texas-based oil company operating in Louisiana, was found to be in violation of the Act and received its sentencing this month - a fine of $12 million for purposely causing the violations and attempting to cover up its wrongdoing.

    The cost, a $10 million fine for criminal wrongdoing and an additional $2 million to be spent on community service-based environmental improvements, is the largest of its kind in Louisiana and is a good reminder that though much progress has been made in keeping the air clean and healthy, there is always room for improvement.

    While the majority of companies take steps to comply with regulations, the upcoming tightening restrictions on the Clean Air Act may reveal that companies that value profits over public safety will do everything they can to avoid reducing their emissions at the expense of their bottom line.

    Rather than waiting for those corporations to fall in line, protect your family from harmful pollutants now by investing in a medical-grade air purifier to keep the air in your home fresh and healthy.

  • Invest in an air purifier this holiday season

    The holidays are often a time of family gathering and togetherness, but the gathering of large groups of people in a small space can wreak havoc on your air quality.

    The aromas of many different foods will float through the air, possibly disturbing those with a distaste for certain items, or the number of candles and air fresheners used to keep the whole house smelling clean throughout the day can begin to cause sneezing and irritation.

    Smoking is another problem to worry about. You may not smoke, but the secondhand smoke from your aunt can be just as dangerous to the family. Even forcing the smokers to do their business outside doesn't save those inside from feeling the effects, as the smoke and odor may drift in through the cracks.

    Rarely used fireplaces or wood-burning stoves are often lit during these gatherings, whether to provide extra warmth or just to add to the decor. The smoke they create, especially if rarely used and cleaned, can be harmful as well.

    Consider combating these holiday problems by investing in a medical-grade air purifier. Their powerful filtering technology can keep the air inside your home fresh and healthy all winter long.

  • Wood smoke a dangerous pollutant as well

    After hearing the words "air pollution," the majority of people will jump immediately to thinking about factories, coal, oil and cars. But there are many different kinds of air pollution, and recent findings have shown that wood smoke is a major contributor of airborne toxins.

    It may be hard to believe that campfires could contribute significantly to air pollution, but old-fashioned wood-burning stoves and furnaces, along with fireplaces and any other wood-burning heater, all contribute greatly to air pollution, not in the least because many of these apparatuses predate the kind of filter they should be equipped with.

    The real problem comes from the fact that, while industry emissions are closely controlled, the soot particles from private homes are not, so when the winter comes around and the wood starts burning, it can be difficult to even walk outside.

    If you want to protect your home this winter, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier. With powerful filters that remove up to 99.5 percent of airborne toxins, you can breathe easy knowing the air in your home is clean and healthy.

  • Punjab Agricultural University is one escape from city pollution

    Pollution in India has been a problem ever since the country went through a major industrial revolution following its independence from Britain. Cities like Ludhiana in Punjab have gotten so bad in this regard that the majority of flights from the area are unable to take off for days at a time. Recently, a group of international beauty queens visited the city, and the common complaint about the city was the state of the air.

    Punjab Agricultural University is located a few miles away from the city proper and has recently become an extremely popular place for walking as a result of the city's high pollution. It has become so popular, in fact, that the university began requiring permits from those on the campus. Still, despite the permit fee, many city dwellers are paying it happily and travel for miles for the opportunity to take a walk and clear their lungs of the dirty city air.

    This clamor for clean air is a strong indicator of the difference it makes not only to one's energy, but also health. If you want to make a similar stand for your health and energy level, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier and fill your home with clean, fresh air.

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