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This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726. Most customers want efficient air filters to remove particulates and improve their Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).  Unfortunately, air filters sometimes cause poor IAQ. Let’s take a look at air filter related IAQ problems and how you can both avoid and resolve them for your customers. It’s a challenge to write an article when you know its message may create some temporary disagreement. Nevertheless, after three decades of writing for HVAC trade magazines, I witnessed many times how disagreements can turn to understanding and produce long-term industry advancement. This happens once the principles of the issue are understood and addressed. It’s important to look closely at the advantages and disadvantages that may be caused by air filters. IAQ DefinitionsCapturing Particulates – Most popular definitions of IAQ are extracted from technical and marketing material promoting an air filter’s ability to reduce building pollutants. This definition fo...

Experts Recommend Preparation For Air Quality Emergencies Connected To Wildfires

LOS GATOS (KPIX 5) — Health departments in the nine Bay Area counties are urging the public to prepare for unhealthy air from future wildfires. “Unfortunately, these wildfires and the size and the scope of them have become the new normal here in the Bay Area,” said Dr. Jan Gurley of the San Francisco Public Health Department. The devastating fires in Northern California the last two years led to health emergencies for some people and difficulty in breathing for many others due to bad air quality from the smoke. “Oh, it was terrible. You couldn’t see more than a half mile. I do a lot of hiking and it was hard to breathe,” said Jeff Gasik of Saratoga. Bay Area public health officials have come up with some new guidelines to help people in air quality emergencies. When smoke filled the bay, most people donned masks or bandanas, thinking they would filter out the tiny smoke particles that can lodge deep in your lungs and lead to respiratory problems, especially for children and older folks. “If you’re wearing a bandana or one of those pleated masks that goes around your ears, it is doing you zero good. Zero,” said Dr. Gurley. She also said the N-95 respirators have to be perfectly ...