If you live in an area that is affected by seasonal wildfires, now is the time to plan how you will maintain your indoor air quality during wildfire season. Wildfire smoke and ash can wreak havoc on indoor air, and your air cleaner is one of your best defenses. Last year, people in California, Arizona, the Pacific Northwest, parts of Canada and other areas relied heavily on air cleaners to get through wildfire season. Retailers reported that air cleaners were in short supply as fires burned.
The smoke and particulate matter put out by wildfires is a health risk for anyone, but it is particularly dangerous for people with asthma or other conditions that affect breathing. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Government of Canada recommend that people in wildfire-prone areas consider purchasing an air cleaner as part of their preparation for fire season, a step also recommended by ASHRAE’s just-released 10 Elements of a Smoke Readiness Plan.
Here is how to make the right choice when shopping for an air cleaner:
If you are shopping for an air cleaner, you will likely come across models that use different types of technologies to clear the air. More important than the method the air cleaner uses is whether the air cleaner is appropriate for the size of the room in which it will be used. Look for the AHAM Verifide® seal and the air cleaner’s Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) on the air cleaner packaging. The seal means the air cleaner has been independently tested…