Where There is Smoke, There is Poor Air Quality
If you’ve glanced at the news the last couple of weeks, then you know about the terrible destruction caused by wildfires in Northern California. While it’s not the headline news, the Center for Disease Control (CDC.org) has stressed that breathing smoky air from those fires is also very dangerous to our health.
They seem so distant, but the National Weather Service reports that smoke from those Western states has impacted cities thousands of miles away, including our Southern states. Did you know that Florida experiences its own share of wildfires over the course of a year?
The Florida Division of Emergency Management is a great resource to learn how to keep you, your family and your home ‘Wildfire Ready.’ One tip? With the very poor air quality that wildfire smoke creates, you will want to stay indoors as much as possible.
Staying indoors means we are ever more reliant on our home’s air conditioning system. Here, Custom Climate Concepts asks and answers some important questions about your HVAC system in times of wildfire and poor air quality.
Q. Does running an air conditioning pose a health risk when the air outside is smoky?
A. No! The good news is that a well-maintained and operative AC system is actually an unsung hero during times of poor air quality. The filtration units in your system, if properly maintained, can purify indoor air keeping it safe and breathable.
Q. If you run your home’s air conditioner when it’s smoky outside, will that bring the smoke particulates and other harmful pollution into my home?
A. Thankfully, that answer is also ‘no’. It’s safe to run your AC system regardless of the severity of wildfire pollution in your area. At no time does outdoor air get ‘pulled’ into your home. Thus, pollutants don’t have the opportunity to intrude into your home, except when you open a door or window.
Q. I know that hot air is expelled from my outside unit, so I assume it then brings in outside air. Can you explain why that is not so?
A. While is seems logical, the hot air expelled from your outside unit is not coming from inside your home and then being replaced with outside air. Air conditioners are heat exchangers. They use a closed coolant system to absorb heat from the air inside your home and then use powerful fans to push a lot of outside air over that same coolant system, suck out the heat, and then exhaust that heated air back outdoors.
Don’t wait till things are on fire! Call your Sarasota air conditioning company, Custom Climate Concepts, to make sure your HVAC is fire and smoke-ready. We are at (941) 555-COOL (2665).