It seems that every summer we have to deal with smoke from wildfires. This summer has been especially severe with the Caldor and Dixie fires burning so close to home.  The Air Quality Index has been in the very unhealthy and hazardous ranges for several days and many people are choosing to stay inside. Even while inside your home you are still exposed to smoke, but there are several steps you can take to limit that exposure. 

  • If you have an HVAC system with a fresh air intake, set the system to the recirculating mode. If you do not have a recirculating mode, you can close the outdoor intake damper.
  • Use a portable air purifier or a high-efficiency air filter to remove fine particles from the air inside your home. 
  • Do not add to indoor air pollution. Burning candles, using aerosol sprays, smoking, and even frying foods can add to the air pollution in your home.
  • Avoid using your evaporative cooler, unless absolutely necessary. If you must use it, do so at times when the air quality is better (typically very early in the morning), then close up the house to keep it as cool as possible. 
  • Create a Clean Room and spend as much time in the room as possible to give your respiratory system a break. 

For more information about protecting yourself from smoke, check out this guide by AirNow.gov.

Posted by Jeff Sallan on
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