Should You Use A/C During Fire Season In Montana?
We all know that wildfires can make outdoor air unhealthy for most people and in certain circumstances are advised to stay indoors until air clears up. Hot days indoors can take a toll on peoples health as well, so air conditioning is always encouraged
As we navigate a smoky season in Montana with warm weather we are also using a spectrum of air conditioning units that include different types of window units as well as central air units.
According to the EPA, there are certain types of A/C that people should consider to avoid using during smoky conditions.
If you have a portable air conditioner with a single hose, typically vented out of a window, do not use it in smoky conditions because it can result in more smoke being brought inside. Consider other cooling options like a fan or window air conditioner. If you have a portable air conditioner with two hoses, make sure that the seal between the window vent kit and the window is as tight as possible.
That would look something like this.
Central air(from the ground upwards) is something better use because of it's filtering systems from the outside world, and there are also precautions to consider while using it as well.
If you have a central HVAC system, find out if it has a fresh air intake. If it does, find out how to close it or turn the system to recirculate mode. Make sure the HVAC filter is in good condition, fits snugly in the filter slot, and is replaced as recommended by the manufacturer. Consider upgrading to a MERV 13 or higher rated filter if your system can accommodate it.
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