Smoke Particle Size
Smoke particulate matter is an ultra-fine pollutant that sneakily travels in the air unsuspectingly and threatens the health of those who inhale or ingest the pollutant. As it travels in the air it can easily pass through cracks and holes within your home to enter into the air and taint your indoor air quality – which leaves a looming danger hanging in the air.
What are the hazards of smoke particles and how can you properly protect yourself from this dangerous pollutant during and after a wildfire?
How Small are Smoke Particles?
Particulate matter is a core component of wildfire smoke and has the most inherent risks to human health upon exposure. Particulate matter is made up of a mix of different compounds including acids, organic chemicals, soils, and allergens that form the particulate in the air. The particulate matter that is made from wildfire smoke can range in size, but often they tend to be very small – less than one micrometer in diameter.
You may be wondering, how small exactly is one micrometer? And this is a great question, because often we do not use or understand this type of measurement. For comparison, a strand of human hair is about 60 micrometers in diameter, so to compare that to the size of particulate matter from wildfire smoke you will more clearly understand the severity of its size when in the air space.
Why is PM 2.5 So Harmful?
Wildfire smoke particles that are classified as tiny, unnoticeable pollutants that float in the air during and after a fire are classified as PM2.5 – which refers to any particulate matter that is less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter that are present in the air. The size of PM2.5 is nearly four times the size of small particles like dust, pollen, and even mold particles that float in the air. Due to the extremely small size of PM2.5 it presents an array of potential health issues to those individuals that are exposed to the fine particulate matter. This matter when ingested or inhaled into the human body can reach deep into the lungs and the bloodstream of the body – which can increase the risk of heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes.
How to Reduce PM 2.5 in Air
The smoke produced from a wildfire can enter into a home quickly and rapidly tainting the air quality significantly in this environment. When the wildfire smoke floods into this environment, this will include the fine particulate matter, PM2.5 that is extremely dangerous to human health. The best method of protection from these small particulate matters produced from a wildfire is through the use of an effective air purifier for wildfire smoke removal.
Air purifiers are devices that are designed to clean the air of contaminants and pollutants that have compromised the air quality in the indoor space. There are a variety of air purifiers that are available on the market for consumers – from carbon, ozone generators, and ionizers. However, when it comes to wildfire smoke these air purifier technologies will have flaws that make them unable to effectively eliminate wildfire smoke from the air completely.
The EnviroKlenz Air Purifier is unlike other competitors, as this air purifier uses its own patented earth mineral technology to filter the pollutants from the air including wildfire smoke pollutants and particulates. This technology provides toxic and noxious chemical elimination capabilities, along with the ability to capture particulate matter down to 0.3 microns in size. The metal oxides in the EnviroKlenz technology is able to interact and breakdown the various toxic and noxious compounds found in wildfire smoke and with the use of a hospital-grade HEPA filter inside the air purifier it is also able to filter the PM2.5 that is present in the wildfire smoke.
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✓ Patented earth mineral technology works to attack VOCs and break them down on a compound level
✓ No chemicals or masking agents
✓ Will not release any chemicals back into your environment
✓ Safer and faster at removing VOC’s than traditional carbon filters and PECO air purifiers
Frequently Asked Questions – How to Keep Wildfire Smoke Out of House