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The ideal situation for children with asthma (or any children, for that matter) is to live in a smoke-free home. Unfortunately this still is not a reality. Recent studies show that having and air purifying system in the home can help to lessen the effects of second hand smoke.
One specific study, funded by John's Hopkins University, took place in Baltimore, where 115 inner-city children who suffer from asthma and live with a smoker were given HEPA air purifiers. One third of the homes received air cleaners for the living room and child's bedroom. Another third received the same devices as well as educational courses with a nurse on the dangers of secondhand smoke. The last third were the control group, only receiving the air cleaners at the end of the study.
Over the course of the six month study, children with air cleaners showed great improvements in wheezing, coughing and other symptoms they had previously displayed. The results added up to an entire month with no symptoms at all. Though these improvements speak wonders about air cleaners and purifiers, they are no substitute for a smoke free environment.
To get started with an air purifier in your home, call Air Purifying Systems & Solutions today!
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Throughout the month of July, NASA, working with planes, weather balloons and ground stations, has been gathering information on how pollutants such as ozone and particles are reacting in our atmosphere.
The short-term goal of NASA's research is to learn more about these pollutants, where the come from and where they travel. Long0-term goals include being able to monitor the level of air pollutions hour-by-hour by satellite. This type of research can help the Environmental Protection Agency and other parts of government enforce air quality standards.
To gather research, NASA has chosen to fly over the skies of the Baltimore-Washington area, an area with extremely polluted air.
One reason NASA picked the Baltimore-Washington traffic corridor to fly over is that it's a particularly bad place to inhale. Maryland is known for frequently violating the national ambient air quality standard for both ozone and for particulate matter. While air conditions have improved over the years, there are still millions of Americans living in places that fail to meet EPA air quality standards.
Remember that taking steps to improve the air quality in your own home or business is as simple as phone call to Air Purifying Systems and Solutions!