Wildfire Smoke Air Filter Solutions

Wildfire seasons in many parts of the world are starting earlier, lasting longer, and are increasingly devastating to communities and natural wonders. They also result in a vast amount of pollution in the air. 

The biggest health threat from smoke comes from microscopic fine particles.
90% of the total mass of wildfire smoke is comprised of particles less than 2.5 microns (0.0001 inches!) in size, known as PM2.5. Smoke can be carried on air currents to populated areas miles away from the actual fire, and PM2.5 particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and bloodstream of local residents. Wildfires also release gaseous hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides that form ground-level ozone. The noxious gases and fine particles create a range of health problems from burning eyes and runny nose to aggravated chronic heart and lung diseases. 

Wildfire smoke drawn into a building through an HVAC ventilation system lacking proper filtration can spread these risks throughout the facility.

  • In hospitals, outpatient or residential care facilities, patients and visitors are especially vulnerable to these contaminants.
  • Odor from smoke can linger and cause a drop-off in learning and productivity in schools and commercial buildings.
  • Sensitive equipment and products being manufactured such as microelectronic parts or food and beverages can be damaged or destroyed.

Protect yourself and your facility during wildfire season. 
The most common temporary solution to address odor from wildfire smoke is the use of CityPleat air filters, which offer 20-30% removal of gaseous contaminants. 

To capture fine particulates, use a high capacity MERV 13A or higher filter, such as Durafil ES2 or Hi-Flo ES.

For longer filter lifetime and 90%+ removal of gaseous contaminants and odors, use CityCarb I high capacity molecular/MERV15/14A V-bank filter. 

If space allows, use a 
CitySorb DP high capacity molecular filter downstream of the Durafil ES2 or Hi-Flo ES

For individual rooms, use a state-of-the-art air purifier:

  • City M air purifier for spaces up to 6,500 ft3 with 99.99% HEPA and carbon combination filter
  • CamCleaner CC500 air purifier for spaces up to 13,000 ft3 with pharmaceutical-grade, high capacity 99.99% HEPA filter

Mitigate your risks of dangerous and damaging microscopic particulates and gaseous contaminants generated from wildfire smoke. Contact us to work with a trained specialist to help with your specific application.

Created Tuesday, October 29, 2019
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