Air Purifiers for Wildfire and Wood Smoke

air purifiers for wood smoke

Why You Need a High Quality Air Purifier for Wildfire and Wood Smoke

NOTE: Our Top 5 recommended air purifiers for wildfire and wood smoke below are currently ON SALE with FREE SHIPPING across Canada. Click on the product photos or buttons below for product details.

With scorching temperatures and drought conditions becoming more common, the number of wildfires in Canada has seen a steep rise. Three of the most destructive forest fires in Canada’s history have occurred since 2011, and wildfire smoke is now considered one of the most serious air quality hazards for Canadians.

Wildfire smoke is a complex mixture of over 100 pollutants that can compromise indoor air quality and cause health problems, even at relatively low levels. Particulates are of primary concern in wood smoke, with fine particles classified as highly dangerous due to their ability to travel deep into the lungs. Not only do these smoke particles aggravate asthma, COPD and other respiratory problems, but studies have also linked them to cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

FACT: Wood smoke is chemically active in the body 40 times longer than tobacco smoke

The particulate matter contained in wildfire smoke is so small that it can easily penetrate windows and doors – even newer energy-efficient homes are unable to keep it out. A recent study by the University of Washington in Seattle showed that indoor levels of wood smoke particulates can reach 50% to 70% of outdoor levels.

The average size of wildfire smoke particulates is about 0.3 microns so a standard HEPA air purifier can go a long way to reducing ambient smoke exposure and the related health effects. However, a better-than HEPA air filtration system is ideal as wood smoke particles can be as small as .01 microns, and it is these ultra-fine particles that are the most harmful.

In addition to particulate matter, wildfire smoke contains harmful gases such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), acrolein, mercury, aldehydes, benzene (a carcinogen), formaldehyde and other hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs). When smoke from a wildfire burn reaches a large city, these gases interact with urban pollutants, creating elevated ozone levels that can cause respiratory distress, even in healthy people. Air purifiers containing substantial amounts of granular activated carbon can help to protect your family and pets against these wildfire smoke toxins.

“The IQAir MultiGas GC air purifier that I purchased from you is up and running, and doing a great job in the smoke of BC’s wildfires. It is wonderful with asthma to be totally comfortable inside, whilst smoke obscures the view outside. On high speed the air purifier is pretty noisy, but worth it for the improvement in quality of life it provides!”   Kay C., New Denver, BC

Even if you don’t live close to a wildfire zone, you could still be at risk as soot, ash and smoke from wildfires can drift for thousands of kilometres. The hotter the burn, the higher the smoke rises, enabling high level winds to carry it farther. During the Washington State forest fires in 2015, the air quality readings in Calgary were worse than those in LA, Shanghai and New Delhi.

Homeowners in wood-burning communities are also at risk, though in winter instead of summer. According to the EPA, “particulate pollution from wood heaters is a significant national air pollution problem and human health issue.” Unlike wildfire smoke, the danger to residents of these communities is chronic exposure to low levels of wood smoke, which has again been linked to cardiovascular disease. If you use a wood stove or fireplace in your home, you should definitely consider placing an air purifier in the same room to protect yourself and your family.

Modern Alchemy Air Purifiers Recommends...

AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 HDS

AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 HDS Air Purifier
Heavy-Duty Protection from Wildfire and Wood Smoke in Mid-Size Spaces

Specifically engineered to handle the complex chemical composition of wood smoke, the AllerAir Pro 5 HDS (Heavy-Duty Smoke) air purifier is a must for anyone heating with wood or living close to a wildfire zone. This air purifier features an extra deep carbon bed containing 24 lbs. of specially blended activated carbon and AllerAir's high-performance Super-HEPA filter to help remove combustion chemicals, toxic gases, carcinogens, fine ash and smoke particulates down to 0.1 microns. Perfect for a mid-sized room!

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Austin Air Healthmate Plus

Austin Air HealthMate Plus Air Purifier
Low Maintenance Filtration of Wildfire Smoke Pollutants

The Austin Air HealthMate Plus air purifier contains 15 pounds of a special activated carbon/zeolite blend that has been impregnated with potassium iodide to more effectively remove the chemically reactive gases found in wildfire smoke, as well as other harmful VOCs that are found in every home. The combined HEPA-carbon filter in this air purifier only requires replacement every 5 years, making this unit a hassle-free choice and excellent value for the money.

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Blueair Pro L air purifier

Blueair Pro L Air Purifier with SmokeStop filters
Whisper-Quiet Protection from Smoke Pollutants in Larger Spaces

When equipped with Blueair's advanced SmokeStop filters, the ultra-quiet Blueair Pro L air purifier is unsurpassed for capturing harmful wildfire smoke pollutants in larger living spaces. This powerful air purifier's better-than-HEPA filtration system effortlessly removes fine smoke particles down to 0.1 microns, while the granular activated carbon in the SmokeStop filter captures the dangerous chemicals and gases associated with burning wood. The Pro L is capable of providing 4 complete air exchanges per hour in a 1240 sq. ft. living space!

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Oransi EJ120 Air Purifier for Wildfire Smoke

Oransi EJ120 Air Purifier
Superior Smoke Toxin Removal in a Compact Design

The Oransi EJ120 air purifier’s incorporates a high-efficiency pleated activated carbon filter that provides unparalleled protection from the hundreds of gaseous compounds in wood and wildfire smoke, offering an impressive, lab-tested 99.39% to 99.97% adsorption rate for gases such as formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide. The air purifier’s 100% sealed filtration system also features a medical-grade MERV 17 HEPA filter that easily captures smoke particulates at 99.99%+ effectiveness. The EJ120 offers large room coverage and ultra-quiet operation in a compact and simple design.

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IQAir MultiGas air purifier for wood smoke

IQAir MultiGas GC Air Purifier
When Nothing But the Best Will Do

The IQAir MultiGas GC is the top-of-the-line air purifier for those dealing with heavy wildfire smoke or chronic exposure from living in wood-burning communities. Four large gas canisters containing 12 lbs of specially-blended activated carbon provide an extra-large surface area for adsorbing the toxic brew of chemicals and gases found in wood smoke, including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and VOCs. Like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, the MultiGas GC is capable of filtering out smaller particles than any other brand of air purifier on the market, making it our top choice for heavy wildfire smoke.

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