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  • Air pollution is linked to premature births in some

    There are a number of health hazards that are particular to pregnant women, but a new study from the UCLA School of Public Health has added one more to the list: the air you breathe. The study, which looked at 100,000 births in the Los Angeles area, found that women who are exposed to traffic-related air pollution have a 30 percent higher chance of experiencing pre-term births, reports ABC News.

    The chemical researchers believe is most actively responsible for these staggering rates is polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Traffic has been identified as a leading cause of PAH outdoors, however findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that PAH levels can be between two and five times greater indoors than they are outdoors.

    Of course, pregnant women should be concerned about the quality of the air wherever they are. However, ensuring a safe home haven is of the utmost importance. Expecting families may want to consider investing in a home air purifier. Professional-grade air purifiers help to filter out over 99 percent of the toxins and common irritants found in indoor air and can help ensure that your home is a safe environment for both you and your new arrival.

  • Protect your home from one of the top 5 environmental hazards

    Indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and it's one that everyone encounters.

    Adverse health effects can begin after a single exposure to common air pollutants, such as those found in paint and new carpeting, and may include side effects like coughing, wheezing, throat and nose irritation, watery eyes and more. Repeated exposure can lead to chronic fatigue or dizziness and other, more serious complications. Serious health risks associated with indoor air pollution include allergies, asthma, heart and respiratory disease, premature births, some cancers and many other conditions.

    In many cases, exposure symptoms are short-term and can be treated effectively by removing the source of the pollutants. However, in many cases, it simply is not possible to remove all airborne contaminants.

    The best way to control the risks associated with this hazard is by eliminating the source of the pollutants and maintaining a well-ventilated home that circulates fresh outdoor air. Unfortunately, most people live in areas where the air outdoors might not be much fresher than what's already circulated inside their homes. In these cases, the EPA suggests the use of an air-cleaning device, such as a home air purifier.

  • When it comes to professional-grade home air filtration, HEPA is tops

    High Efficiency Particulate Air filters, commonly known as HEPA filters, are top performers when it comes to protecting families and workers from indoor air pollutants. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, HEPA filters are the best-rated mechanical air filters able to remove ultrafine particles from the air.

    Air filters are rated according to their effectiveness at removing airborne particles, which is measured by the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV). The higher an air filter's MERV rating, the better the unit will perform. HEPA filters have a MERV rating between 17 and 20, the highest available rating.

    At FreshAirPro, we take pride in offering only the best medical-grade home air purifiers, such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. All IQAir HealthPro Series filters contain the HyperHEPA technology that allows them to deliver superior performance when removing airborne pollutants such as allergens, bacteria, dust, mold spores and other contaminants. They offer 100 percent sealed filtration and are certified ozone-free by the International Association of Air Cleaner Manufacturers (IAACM).

    Keep your home and office free of indoor air pollutants with the IQAir HealthPro Plus home air purifier with HyperHEPA technology.

  • Fall allergies are slated to be more powerful than ever this year

    One of the worst things about seasonal allergies due to airborne substances like pollen and mold spores is that they can follow you right into your home, where they will linger and exacerbate allergy symptoms. Therefore, it's important for allergy sufferers to be more proactive about protecting their living space.

    This year, climate changes are producing higher-than-average pollen counts that are sure to mean trouble for those prone to allergy symptoms, reports ABC News.

    "As we're seeing warmer and warmer weather, the fall gets warmer and longer and the effect is that there's no frost to kill the ragweed and end the allergy season," Estelle Levetin, chairwoman of the aerobiology committee for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, told the news source.

    If you're looking for ways to protect yourself from airborne allergens, consider taking the following steps to safeguard your living environment:

    1. Remove shoes and outerwear and keep them stored in a separate area away from your living space, or else wipe them off with a bristle brush before entering your home or office.

    2. Keep up with your regular cleaning by dusting and polishing furniture and appliances on a daily or weekly basis, depending on the severity of the problem.

    3. Invest in medical-grade air purifiers for your home and office to take care of those particles that, despite your best efforts, manage to make it inside.

  • Mold spores more prevalent this year in Washington, D.C.

    Mold spore counts reached 47,483 spores per cubic meter of air this September in Washington, D.C., which is significantly higher than any other September mold spore concentration in the past decade, reports the Washington Post. In fact, in the first three weeks of September, mold counts were at least 75 percent higher than average for that time of year.

    "This year, with clouds and plenty of moisture around for a period of several weeks, the average daily counts for each week in September have sky-rocketed," Susan Kosisky, microbiologist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center lab, told the news source. "Mushrooms abound...releasing millions of basidiospores, one of the most prevalent groups of spores observed this time of year."

    Airborne spores can easily travel into the home, causing adverse health reactions such as upper respiratory conditions, coughing and wheezing, and may also exacerbate symptoms of asthma and pneumonia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    In order to ensure that your family stays safe and healthy, you should take steps to make your home a mold-free environment. One of the best ways to do this is to invest in a home air purifier. At FreshAirPro, we offer only the best medical-grade purifiers to help keep your family protected from mold and other indoor pollutants. Our IQAir HealthPro Plus captures at least 99.5 percent of the mold spores that enter your home and guards against bacteria, dust, pollen, pet allergens and airborne viruses as well. There's no better solution to keeping your home free of indoor contaminants.

  • Secondhand smoke may cause SIDS and other illnesses in children

    Secondhand smoke has been linked to numerous health concerns in children, including asthma, bronchitis, ear infection, pneumonia and even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

    SIDS is characterized by the sudden and unexpected death of a child under one year of age for which no absolute cause can be determined even after an autopsy and further examinations have occurred, according to the American SIDS Institute. It is one of the most frightening and traumatic experiences a new parent can face.

    While parents may not be able to control the air contaminants outside the home, there is something they can do to ensure that the air their children breathe inside the home is safe and clean. By investing in a home air purifier, parents can make sure that their children aren't exposed to any lingering toxins from secondhand smoke or other common indoor pollutants.

    At FreshAirPro, we offer high-end medical-grade purification systems such as the IQAir GC MultiGas so you can ensure your family is protected from the health hazards caused by secondhand smoke and other pollutants.

  • New England air quality improves outdoors, but the indoors still presents risk

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a report that indicates that the air quality in New England has improved in 2011. The region suffered only 16 days of unhealthy ozone levels, down from 28 in 2010, reports the Boston Herald. The preliminary data shows that it was the reduction of sweltering heat the region experienced that was responsible for the improved air quality.

    While it's important to be aware of the air quality outdoors, oftentimes it's indoor air quality that causes the most damage. The majority of Americans spend most of their days indoors, whether at the office, in the home or in various other locations. According to the EPA, indoor air quality can be affected by biological pollutants, carbon monoxide, cleaning materials, emissions from fireplaces and heaters, pesticides, second-hand tobacco smoke and a host of other toxins.

    These contaminants can cause symptoms such as irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, dizziness, fatigue and weakness, as well as more serious long-term illnesses like cancer, heart and respiratory diseases. In order to protect yourself, you should make sure the air you're breathing is safe by investing in a professional-grade air purifier.

    At FreshAirPro, we sell only top-of-the-line air purifiers and HVAC filters to protect you and your family from these environmental concerns. Try our top-selling IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier to keep your home clean and free from these common health hazards.

  • How to safely remove mold from your home

    Mold can make you very sick, and once something in your home gets damp, you have about 24 hours to deal with it before mold can set in and cause irreparable damage. If you have flooding or a leak in your home, you must deal with it right away.

    If anything in your home has been wet for two days or more, it has mold growing on it, even if you can't see it. Remove everything from your home that's been wet for two days. Anything made of plush materials must be removed, and all hard surfaces need to be scrubbed with bleach.

    While cleaning, wear protective gear like boots, a mask, gloves and goggles, and never mix the bleach with any other cleansers. Rinse the item that you cleaned and leave it out to dry thoroughly.

    If you suspect you have mold in your home and it's making you sick, you should invest in an air purifier like those we sell at FreshAirPro. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one of the best models for removing mold spores from your household air, as it filters tiny particles at only .003 microns in size - that's 100 times smaller than other air purifiers are capable of filtering. Don't let all your cleaning go to waste. Keep your air clean with FreshAirPro.

  • Important triggers for asthma

    Asthma is a serious condition that affects many Americans. If you or your child has asthma, it's important to be aware of certain triggers so they can be avoided whenever possible.

    Secondhand smoke is one of the number-one triggers of asthma symptoms. If your child or anyone else in your home has asthma, you should not smoke. Don't even smoke in the car if no one is around, as the smoke can linger.

    Dust mites are another common trigger. Although they are found anywhere there is dust, not everyone is allergic or sensitive to asthma attacks. Mattress covers and hypoallergenic bedding should be used to eliminate dust mites in the bedroom.

    Did you know that cockroaches can cause allergies and may also trigger asthma attacks? It's true. The droppings of these disgusting critters can exacerbate asthma symptoms. However, it's not like you need another reason to try to get rid of cockroaches.

    Pet dander can also trigger an asthma attack, and sometimes symptoms get so bad that pet owners are forced to get rid of their furry companions. If you choose to keep the pet, you should still work to keep the pet out of the bedroom of the person with asthma.

    Asthma attacks can be dangerous, and in some cases, fatal. To keep the air in your home as clean as possible, invest in a top-quality air purification system like those we sell at FreshAirPro. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one of the top-selling air purifiers on the market because it can filter particles as small as .003 microns - that's about 100 times smaller than the filtration capabilities of other HEPA-grade filters. Control your allergy symptoms with FreshAirPro.

  • What are molds and why are they in my home?

    Mold allergies are some of the peskiest of them all because they can last all year, and mold is difficult to get rid of. There are over 100,000 species of this fungi. Molds are microscopic organisms that digest organic matter and help decompose leaves, wood and other organic debris. They reproduce by producing spores, and it's the spores in the air that cause such terrible allergies.

    Molds can come into your home, especially in warm, damp conditions, and start digesting the organic material in the house (such as wood). In addition to destroying your home's structural integrity, it can also be terrible news for allergy sufferers.

    Spores travel through the air or hitchhike on clothing, so they can get into your home pretty easily. If conditions are right, mold will settle right in. Molds can grow on most surfaces but thrive most in damp settings.

    By keeping your living spaces dry and using a HEPA-grade air purification system, you can control mold in your home. The IQAir HealthPro Plus we sell at FreshAirPro is an excellent option for controlling mold. Unlike other air purifiers, which can only filter particles as small as .3 microns in size, The IQAir HealthPro Plus can capture particles .003 microns or larger.

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