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Wildfires and the Need to Maintain Proper Indoor Air Quality

Posted on September 17, 2020
by Vinay Panday

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article, “Key to Preventing Covid-19 Indoors: Ventilation” with insights into the role of indoor transmission of the virus but also provided several key reminders of how to introduce outdoor air and filter indoor contaminants. While the virus still holds worldwide attention and continues to affect our daily lives, Californians have another enemy to face….the worst wildfire season on record.

How do we introduce outdoor air to the indoors when our air is full of smoke and ash? The air is toxic in some areas. Smoke is seeping in under doorways. Ash is traveling miles away from the fires before landing. Opening windows and doors for fresh air is just not possible in some areas. In addition, many homes, particularly in coastal areas, do not have central air conditioning.

Improving indoor air quality is essential. If you have central air conditioning, use the best filter possible and change as needed. Invest in portable air purifiers with HEPA filters to help filter the air. Several may be needed to properly filter a home or business. Maximize air cleaning by placing them in areas without good ventilation as well as a centrally-located spot. While smoke and ash continue to be at peak levels, change the HEPA filter regularly.

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