How wildfire smoke affects your indoor air quality
Wildfire smoke is a growing concern across the globe, causing significant health risks to those who are exposed. The gaseous toxins and particulate pollutants present in wildfire smoke can lead to respiratory issues, allergies, and even cardiovascular problems. It is important to track the air quality in your area during wildfire season, and do what you can to protect the air inside your home. Having a reliable air purifier is an excellent first step towards improving your indoor air quality during these difficult times.
Understanding the dangers of wildfire smoke
Wildfire smoke is a complex mixture of gases and particles that can have detrimental effects on your health. The particulate matter present in the smoke consists of microscopic particles that can penetrate deep into your lungs, causing respiratory problems and exacerbating existing conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
“While the particulate matter and the chemical compounds are both imperceptible to the eye, they are present in the air you breathe indoors and it is essential to target both for significantly improved air quality.”
The gaseous toxins, known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), can also have negative effects on your health. While the particulate matter and the chemical compounds are both imperceptible to the eye, they are present in the air you breathe indoors and it is essential to target both for significantly improved air quality.
The power of HEPA-13 filtration
HEPA-13 air filters have been extensively tested and have proven efficacy in removing common air pollutants such as dust, smoke and VOCs (among others). Air purifiers, like Dupray’s award-winning Bloom™ are recommended for homeowners in wildfire areas as they feature medical-grade HEPA-13 filtration with activated carbon capable of removing over 99.97% of airborne pollutants as small as 0.1 micron in size. HEPA filters capture airborne particles, while the activated carbon layer acts like a sponge and absorbs the VOC molecules and removes smoke odors. This process drastically reduces the chemical components in the air and reduces the risk of respiratory issues and other health complications caused by exposure to wildfire smoke and VOCs.
Additional precautions during wildfire season
While an air purifier can drastically improve your indoor air quality during wildfire smoke events, it is important to take additional precautions as well. Consult local air quality reports regularly and avoid outdoor activities when the air quality is poor. Those at higher risk (such as young children and the elderly) should stay indoors as much as possible during peak wildfire season. An effort should be made to keep windows and doors tightly closed, and to ensure there are no cracks or gaps that may allow smoke to enter the home. Wildfire season is extremely challenging for many people around the world. Understanding the dangers and taking all necessary precautions will help keep yourself and those you love as safe as possible.