Protect Your Indoor Air Quality During Wildfire Season

Image of someone pulling back curtain. Protect Your Indoor Air Quality During Wildfire Season.

As wildfires spread in the United States and Canada, they can impact the air quality hundreds of miles away.

Northern California caught a break during the first month of wildfire season in the state, with AirNow reporting mostly “good” air quality from Santa Rosa to Napa to Mill Valley. Unfortunately, the good news is not likely to last.

As of late July, over 3,600 wildfires have burned this year in California. Accuweather forecasts 7,000 to 8,000 blazes in the state, with wildfire season peaking from August to September.

Now is the time to prepare for peak wildfire season. At Enviro Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help by recommending strategies to maintain good indoor air quality (IAQ), even when smoke pollutes the air outdoors.

Good indoor air quality contributes to your well-being. It is even more essential when you need to limit your outdoor time in Santa Rosa because of wildfire smoke. You want your indoor environment to remain as pollutant-free as possible.

Polluted Indoor Air

In addition to particulate matter from smoke that can find its way into your home through cracks, exhaust fans, fresh air intakes, and open windows, other contaminants may fill the air in your living environment.

If you have a dog, cat, or any other furry pet, you have dander in your home. Your shoes can track in the dirt. Dust settles everywhere and accumulates unless you diligently work to eliminate it. 

Dust from a clogged air filter can dirty your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system and recirculate into your indoor air. Debris-filled air ducts can contribute to poor air quality.

A combustion source, such as a gas cooktop, releases tiny particles and nitrogen dioxide, a gas that can increase asthma attacks and jeopardize lung function.

Some products, such as household cleaners, cosmetics, art supplies, and building materials, emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). According to the American Lung Association, these gases can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, hamper breathing, and damage the central nervous system.

Plumbing leaks, an overflowing AC condensate pan, and a high humidity level in your home can create the ideal environment for mold and germs.

Improving Indoor Air

One of our Enviro Heating & Air Conditioning professionals can recommend the best product or cleaning process to improve the air in your Santa Rosa home.

For example, too much moisture in the air may call for a whole-house dehumidifier that can help regulate the humidity level and keep mold and mildew at bay.

If dust covers air vent grilles and registers in your home, you can be sure it coats the inside of the ductwork too. We can clean your home’s air ducts and prevent accumulated debris from entering your breathing space.

Your standard air filter may not be trapping small particles. If that is the case, we can recommend a high-efficiency air filter that catches tiny particles without restricting airflow and stressing your HVAC system. The appropriate filter will keep particles out of your HVAC system and living space.

An ultraviolet (UV) lamp installed in your HVAC system can destroy viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Whole-house air purifiers also clean germs, particles, and some gases from the air. We are proud to offer the iWave and the Air Scrubber by Aerus. We can install whichever air purifier is best for your home.

The iWave sits inside your HVAC system and releases ions that attach to germs and particles, making them bigger and easier to trap in an air filter. The Air Scrubber installs in ductwork and releases disinfecting particles that inactivate airborne and surface pathogens in your living space.

Get Cleaner Air Today

Enviro Heating & Air Conditioning can help you select the best system to purify, filter, or zap germs in your Santa Rosa, CA, home. You will breathe easier after we install an indoor air quality system. Call us at 707-795-7219 or request service online.     

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