How are wildfires affecting your indoor air quality?
Wildfire smoke is a complex mixture of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and gases, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s).
All of these are detrimental to your health and can contribute to respiratory inflammation, shortness of breath, severe cough, chest pain or heart palpitations and infections, like pneumonia.
Smoke can also permeate soft surfaces and potentially damage retail merchandise so that it cannot be sold. Options exist to reduce lost inventory, and even eliminate this problem. Our HVAC experts are available to discuss your needs and design a plan that works for you.
We recommend using a minimum MERV 13 filter, which will give you other indoor air quality improvements beyond filtering for wildfire smoke.
It’s VERY important to ensure your HVAC system can support your filter choice. We recommend working with an HVAC provider to review your equipment and implement the right solution for you.
NOTE – Installing the wrong type of filter can have a negative impact on your equipment’s life span, how it operates, its effectiveness, and your energy bill.
Filters are designed to capture harmful particles, toxins and pathogens so always use proper PPE when changing filters to protect against potential exposure.
Filtration is a common option, but not the only solution. An HVAC provider can discuss the benefits of plasma, UV and other air scrubbing/sanitization systems, which may be better suited to your needs.
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