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Wildfire Season Increases Concerns About Indoor Air Quality: What Can HVAC Contractors Do To Help Customers?

Wildfire season increases concerns about indoor air quality: What can HVAC contractors do to help customers?

As fall approaches, we are entering the worst months for large and detrimental wildfires. These wildfires can be fatal and cause obvious damage to homes, businesses, and nature. Additionally, wildfires create less than desirable air quality in areas far beyond the origination of the fire. Wildfire smoke can travel hundreds or even thousands of miles and affect the air quality for communities that never experienced the actual flames. Indoor air quality can also be affected by the wildfires when smoke enters the home or a building.

How Can Smoke Enter The Home:

  • Natural Ventilation: Smoke can enter the home through the open windows and doors.
  • Mechanical Ventilation: Through this method, smoke enters the home via bathroom or kitchen fans that vent to the outdoors. Smoke can also enter through HVAC systems with a fresh air intake.
  • Infiltration: This occurs when smoke enters an indoor environment through small openings, joints, and cracks.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that wildfire flames and the heavy smoke that is produced can pose serious threats to safety and health. Some of the biggest threats are fine particles, smoke, and ash which can lead to respiratory issues. Smoke is made of a mixture of gases and fine particles that are produced when materials burn. Fine particles produce one of the biggest threats. Microscopic particles have the potential to get into your eyes and respiratory system and cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis. Additionally, these fine particles can also aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases.
To combat the adverse effects that wildfires have on the indoor air quality inside the home, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) suggests that homeowners use air purification technology in HVAC systems to help clean the air and reduce exposure. Field Controls, Healthy Home System offers products that treat the air inside the home, and HVAC contractors are vital when it comes to educating homeowners on these indoor air quality solutions. Are you prepared to provide your customers with these products and services?

 

HVAC Products to Combat Indoor Air Quality Issues Caused By Wildfire Smoke

The TRIO is an electronic in-duct air purifier that can help improve the air quality inside the home. This induct air cleaner is compatible with all HVAC systems and works to clean air in three stages. This air cleaning solution can successfully remove particles just like those caused by smoke and ash from wildfires. The TRIO induct air purification system keeps the air in the home fresh, clean, and pure. As air enters the TRIO, it is filtered with a MERV 13 media air filter cartridge. This pleated 4-inch filter traps particles as small as .3 micron including mold, bacteria, dust, dander, and pollen. After the filter, the air passes through the UVC lamp. This treatment zone is powered by two high-efficiency 24-inch UVC lamps that reduce airborne germs, bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungi. The final phase uses patented PRO-Cell technology, our exclusive Photo-Reactive Oxidation process.

 

The Healthy Home System Contractor Program

The Healthy Home System Contractor Program provides HVAC Contractors and business owners with an opportunity to grow their HVAC business while providing much-needed indoor air quality solutions for customers. Field Controls provides all the training you need to educate customers and offer the best solutions for their indoor air quality issues, such as wildfire smoke, viruses, germs, or allergens. Learn More

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