According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 87% of wildfires in 2019 were caused by humans. The California Department of Forestry and Fire claims up to 95% of California’s wildfires were caused by humans. These causes include electrical failures, campfires, debris burning, smoking and arson.
2020 is California’s worst-ever year for wildfires, with more than 6,500 square miles burned. While wildfire season typically lasts from August through November, it can run loner due to our warm and dry climate. The recent Bond fire in Orange County, which was triggered by a house fire, burned nearly 7,000 acres in Silverado Canyon and Williams Canyon and destroyed over two dozen structures.
During a wildfire, air quality can change dramatically due to the soot and ash in the air. The recommendation is typically to minimize outdoor activities and keep doors and windows closed. Fine particles in the air can build up even indoors, particularly when there is heavy smoke for a prolonged period of time.
Even buildings and structures that appear unaffected by wildfire can suffer damage to their HVAC system. Winds can carry smoke, ash and soot many miles from the original site, and the particulate matter can enter through even the smallest cracks and crevices in a building. If the soot and ash has made it into the ductworks, then it may spread it throughout the building as soon as the A/C unit is turned on again. A professional duct cleaning can protect against that. Airtek Indoor Air Solutions have been providing HVAC and indoor air quality solutions for over 25 years.The company uses trained technicians to remove all particulates and contaminants that affect air duct systems. Contact the experts to offer the best service for your home or business.