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Air Purifiers for Smoke from Wildfires or Cigarettes

Do you live in an area prone to wildfires like California, or Arizona?  Or perhaps you are exposed to smoky and polluted air from a nearby factory? Or, do you live or work with smokers, and share the same air space?  Smoke from any source can be a significant source of irritation and can cause significant health issues.

This year, with historic levels of wildfires in California, the sky is grey with air pollutants, and it is difficult to breathe easily.  Many people experience burning in their eyes and runny noses.  The microscopic particles can irritate lungs and cause bronchitis or asthma attacks, and even heart attacks and strokes, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Many children experience irritation to wildfire or environmental smoke as well, and can develop symptoms such as chest pain and tightness, dizziness, wheezing, trouble breathing and irritability.

Not all air purifiers remove particles from wildfire smoke well.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency, air purifiers with HEPA filters are the best choice to remove air particulate matter. HEPA filters can reduce particle concentrations by as much as 85 percent.

Experts advise purchasing an air purifier for rooms larger than 350 square feet for most effective air filtration of air polluted by wildfire smoke. Purchasing air purifiers that cover a smaller area generally lead to inferior results.