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Summer Wildfires and Indoor Air Quality


If you’re experiencing poor indoor air quality as a result of the nearby wildfires, you may be wondering what you can do about it. The good news is, a whole house air purifier is a great way to filter your air and improve your indoor air quality, wildfires or not.

You can give our team a call when you’re ready to schedule indoor air quality services in Puyallup, WA. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about how a whole house air purifier improves your indoor air quality.

How a Whole House Air Purifier Works

A whole house air purifier is great because it filters all of the air in your home. Air comes in through the grate where your AC’s air filter is located. The air purifier is positioned inside of your AC where all air passes by. After being filtered through the air purifier, air continues through your air conditioning system and blows back out into your home.

You can rest easy knowing that the air in your home is consistently being funneled through the air purifier where 99% of harmful particles are removed. No matter what air pollution you bring home with you, your air purifier is filtering it out, including wildfire smoke.

If you have an air purifier with a HEPA filter, it captures even microscopic particles and prevents them from recirculating. A UV air purifier works a little differently by deactivating harmful particles so they become neutral.

How an Air Purifier Helps Your Home

Wildfire smoke can have a huge impact on your air conditioner since it was only designed to filter out so much. When pollution levels are high, your AC is only going to work at maximum efficiency with your help. The best way that you can lighten the load on your AC and improve your indoor air quality is to invest time in a whole-house air purifier.

Close to 99% of all harmful particles will get filtered out whether you choose an air purifier that has a HEPA filter or a UV light. Both types of air purifier will benefit your home and family. You’ll have much cleaner air, but you’ll also have more comfortable temperatures since your AC isn’t battling against wildfire smoke.

How to Boost AC Efficiency

Even so, you still need to stay on top of changing your AC’s air filter regularly. Most air filters are rated to last for a month before they need to be changed. But you also need to consider the pollution levels in your home when you think about how often you change your air filter.

If your home is heavily affected by wildfire smoke, you may want to change this air filter more frequently to ensure maximum filtering. It’s more likely to get filled up with particles faster when there is more pollution in the air. As hard as your air purifier works to remove harmful particles, you’re consistently bringing more pollution.

You can also take steps to clean out the condensate drain line in your home. All of the pollution particles that do manage to squeeze through your air filter are now inside of your air conditioning system. There’s a good chance that they get trapped in moisture that drains out through your condensate drain line, putting you at risk for clogs and water backups. 

When your condensate drain line is clear, moisture can flow freely out of your home and along with that some of those harmful particles. When your condensate drain line has a clog, the water backs up and re-evaporates into the air, adding to humidity and making the pollution worse.

Choosing an Air Purifier

Not sure which air purifier is right for your home and family? Our team can help. We can do indoor air quality tests at your home to measure pollution levels and then make a recommendation for which air purifier will best meet your needs.

Keep in mind that you do have to change out HEPA filters and UV lights once per year on average to maintain effectiveness. And even after the wildfires have died down, an air purifier will continue filtering out bacteria, viruses, and even mold spores to keep your family well no matter what germs are entering your home.

Contact Sound Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. today to schedule an appointment for AC service! We take your comfort as seriously as you do.

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