It’s a historic fire season along the West Coast with wildfires raging across California, Oregon, and Washington. Now the smoke is traveling East, leaving a thick trail of haze stretching all the way to New York City. Meteorologists say as long as the fire continues to burn, the smoke will impact air quality levels nationwide.
Smoke from wildfires can make outdoor air dangerous to breathe and can even infiltrate your home through small openings and cracks. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), smoke consists of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles that can cause health problems.
The biggest threat from smoke is the fine, microscopic particles that you inhale. These particles can wreak havoc on your respiratory system, triggering illnesses such as bronchitis and aggravating chronic heart and lung diseases.
To protect you and your family from smokey conditions, the EPA recommends the following:
- Keep window and doors closed
- Use fans and air conditioning to stay cool
- Reduce the smoke that enters though an HVAC system or AC unit
- Use portable air cleaner or high-efficiency filter
- Avoid creating more fine particles indoors
- Avoid strenuous activities
- Create a cleanroom
- Have a supply of N95 respirator masks
- Air out your home when air quality improves
For more than 35 years, MatrixAir has been manufacturing high-efficiency air filtration and purification systems for homes and businesses. With the latest addition of three portable units, MatrixAir provides the ideal solution for combating wildfire smoke in homes. The portable AeroClear unit features MatrixAir’s premier triple-stage filtering including polyester pre-filter, activated carbon filter, and 99.97% HEPA filter.
For more information on how MatrixAir can provide clean air for your home, please contact us at [email protected].