Air Purifiers for Wildfire and Wood Smoke

air purifiers for wood smoke

Why You Need an Air Purifier

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 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.

Wood 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 PM2.5 particles classified as highly dangerous due to their ability to travel deep into the lungs. Not only do these fine particles aggravate asthma, COPD and other respiratory problems, but studies have also linked them to cardiovascular disease.

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

The particulate matter contained in wood 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.

In addition to particulate matter, wood smoke contains harmful gases such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), acrolein, benzene (a carcinogen), formaldehyde and other hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs). When the smoke from a wildfire burn reaches a large city, these compounds interact with urban pollutants, creating elevated ozone levels that can cause respiratory distress, even in healthy people.

“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 IQAir 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...

Blueair Classic 405 air purifier

Blueair Classic 405 Air Purifier
Whisper-Quiet Protection from Smoke Particulates and Gaseous Toxins

When equipped with Blueair's advanced DualProtection filter, the ultra-quiet Blueair 405 air purifier is a great choice for capturing harmful wood smoke pollutants. The better-than-HEPA filtration system removes ultra-fine particles down to 0.1 microns, while the incorporated woven activated carbon cloth filter effortlessly adsorbs the dangerous chemicals and gases associated with burning wood. This air purifier can also be used with Blueair's Aware indoor air quality monitor.

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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 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 unit only requires replacement every 5 years, making this air purifier hassle-free and excellent value for the money.

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AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 HDS

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

Specifically engineered to handle the complex chemical composition of wood smoke, the AllerAir Pro 5 HDS (Heavy-Duty Smoke) 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.

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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 wildfire smoke or living in wood-burning communities. Four large gas canisters containing specially-blended activated carbon provide an extra-large surface area for adsorbing the toxic brew of chemicals and gases found in wood smoke. In addition, IQAir’s patented HyperHEPA filter can capture smaller particles than any other air purifier on the market (an incredible 0.003 microns), making it ideal for controlling the fine wood smoke particulates that are filtering in from outside.

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