For anyone living in an area affected by wildfires, the effects of the smoke will be all too familiar. And, if you have a wood burner in your home, they also produce smoke that can affect your health.
In the short term, exposure to smoke causes breathing difficulties, burning eyes, and a sore throat. For people with ongoing respiratory problems, such as asthma or COPD, smoke inhalation exacerbates symptoms and increases the chances of an asthma attack. Smoke exposure can also increase the risk of a person suffering from a heart attack or stroke, and is linked to diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s. New evidence also suggests that smoke from wildfires plays a direct role in the spread of COVID-19.
The Austin Air HealthMate Plus™
If you’re concerned about smoke from wildfires or a wood burner, the Austin Air HealthMate Plus™ is our number one choice. Its unique blend of Activated Carbon, Potassium Iodide Impregnated Carbon, and Zeolite removes the widest range of chemicals and VOC’s, including those found in smoke.
Wildfire smoke can be ten times more harmful than other types of pollution.
Wildfires burn wood and unfortunately building materials, furnishings, all sorts of things -- which produces a mixture of many harmful particles, chemicals, gases, formaldehyde, and VOCs. It’s like a potpourri of pollution. The worst kind.
Wildfire smoke can trigger flare-ups and exacerbate respiratory issues, including Covid-19.
People suffering from chronic conditions such as asthma, COPD, and even allergies are at an increased risk for increased symptoms. Studies have also shown wildfire smoke may raise the risk of Covid-19.
Wildfires don’t just affect those people who are close enough to see the fire.
Wildfire smoke can travel hundreds or thousands of miles. In fact, in 2021 the intense fires in Oregon produced smoke that spread to Indiana (The Indiana Department of Environmental Management actually advised residents to stay indoors for a time.) The Oregon smoke even reached the East Coast, as far as New York City.
Not all air purifiers are equipped and robust enough to handle wildfire smoke.
Because wildfire smoke contains a mixture of large and fine particle pollution as well as chemicals, gases, formaldehyde, and VOCs, an air purifier must have filter media designed to handle each of these types of pollutants. The filter must contain true, medical-grade HEPA (not HEPA-like material) to capture fine particles. And it must have activated carbon to capture chemicals, gases, formaldehyde, and VOCs.
Austin Air uses the most filter media to remove the widest range of pollutants found in smoke.
The Austin Air HealthMate Plus™ uses more than 780 cubic inches of activated carbon, potassium iodide-impregnated carbon, and zeolite to remove the volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, benzenes, chemicals, gases, and odors found in wildfire smoke. It also uses 60 sq. ft. of true medical-grade HEPA to remove 99% of all particles larger than 0.1 microns. No one else in the industry uses that much.
Doctors have deployed and recommended Austin Air purifiers for wildfire smoke.
Austin Air Systems has shipped hundreds of thousands of air purifiers to areas affected by wildfire smoke. Austin Air is also recommended and sold by doctors in wildfire areas.
Austin Air has been a first responder during some of America’s most challenging times.
As an approved air cleaning company, FEMA and the American Red Cross chose to partner with Austin Air Systems to help provide clean air to the residents of New York City and surrounding areas following the devastation of 9/11. Austin Air was also a first responder following Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and the 2015 SoCal gas leak in California.
Austin Air purifiers are tested and clinically proven.
Austin Air outperformed more than 100 other air purifiers in government tests. Additionally, Austin Air is the only air cleaner company to partner with research organizations to conduct clinical trials on our products. We’ve worked with organizations such as Johns Hopkins University, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the University of Washington, and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.
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