The hundreds of wildfires that are currently raging across the west coast of the United States are contributing to the worst air quality seen in decades. With cities like Portland, Seattle, and right here in Spokane having the worst air quality of anywhere in the world. Breathing in too much wildfire smoke can make anyone sick, but is particularly damaging to high risk groups such as the elderly or anyone with respiratory issues.
If you are experiencing bad air quality in your area due to the wildfires there are a few ways to protect yourself and keep you and your family safe and healthy while in your home.
The average American spends just under an hour commuting to and from work every day. With personal vehicles being the primary mode of transportation for 85% of Americans, your in-car smoke protection is only as good as your filter.
Most car manufacturers recommend changing your air filter every 12,000 miles or every 12 months, whichever comes first, regardless of how dirty your air filter appears to be. A clean cabin filter will keep the smoky air outside and clean air inside while driving. Besides checking your cabin air filter consistently and changing it as necessary here a few ways to avoid breathing in smoke while driving your vehicle.
Smoke from wildfires can cause serious issues to your vehicle if it is not properly addressed. Here are some common problems related to smoke:
As you can see, a dirty air filter can cause numerous problems for your vehicle if it isn't changed regularly. During times of low air quality both filters in your vehicle become dirty and clogged much quicker than usual. Not sure how to check your air filters? No problem! Come visit our service department for a no charge filter check to make sure that you are and your vehicle are staying safe and healthy.