Tips for Limiting Wildfire Smoke in Your Home
Right now historic wildfires are burning along the West Coast. While millions of acres have been destroyed, the fires are also impacting the air quality. The smoke from wildfires can make air unhealthy to breathe indoors and outdoors. Even if the fire is far away, you can still be exposed to the smoke inside your home.
Wildfire smoke can get into your home through openings like windows and doors. It can also get in through heating and ventilation systems that use fresh air intake. The smoke could impact your indoor air quality differently, depending on how close the fire is and the density of the smoke. The biggest health threat from smoke is from fine particles. These microscopic particles can get into our eyes and respiratory system, whether you are outdoors or indoors, causing various health problems. You can protect your family from the smoke by buying an air purifier, changing your HVAC filters and cleaning your home.
Buy an Air Purifier
One way to protect your family from wildfire smoke is by using an air purifier. When it comes to purchasing a device, you’ll want to choose one with a True HEPA Filter. It removes up to 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns in size including smoke, dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, mold spores and dust mite debris.
Wildfire smoke microns are often 2.5 microns in size, something True HEPA air purifiers can easily remove from your home.
When picking out which True HEPA air purifier is right for your home, you’ll want to think about the space it will be used in.
For larger rooms and spaces: LivePure Bali
For smaller rooms and spaces: Hunter HP400
Change HVAC Filters
Another way to help improve your indoor air quality is by changing your HVAC filters. You will want to choose one with a high MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating. That rating determines how efficient your air filter is. The higher the rating, the more efficient it is. Make sure your system fan and filter slot can accommodate the new filter. Also know you will have to change this filter more often than normal, as wildfire smoke particles will clog it quicker.
Here are some of our favorite HVAC filters:
This MERV 15 rating helps to reduce pollen, dust, pet dander, mold spores, dust mites, viruses, bacteria, and other airborne allergens
Clean Your Home
There are also other inexpensive ways to improve your home’s air quality that we recommend.
- Close all windows and doors in your home
- Mop instead of vacuuming when possible, as vacuums can blow the smoke particles back into the air
- Change clothes when coming in from outside
- Wash bedding and sheets more often
- Filter-Monster Customer Care