The effect of wildfire smoke on air quality
Forest fires have a big effect on air quality, both outdoors and indoors. Smoke from forest fires can enter buildings and your home through ventilation systems, windows and doors.
Not only does forest fire smoke smell, it can carry tiny particles that are harmful for our health, especially people with breathing issues or chronic conditions.
VIDEO: What is a homemade air purifier, and why would I need one?
Hello, I am Reggie Tomatuk.
I'm speaking for the wellbeing of Eeyou Istchee.
We will show you a demonstration and inform you what to do in order to breathe better at home.
Not everyone has ventilation in their homes.
Or air purifiers or even air conditioners.
We are going to teach you how to make your own.
Why we are doing this is because of the smoke outside and since we are advised not to go outside.
Also, since there is a lot of us in our homes, this will keep us healthy.
What we are going to show you is a do-it-yourself [DIY] air purifier that you can easily make at home.
With this information this is what we recommended since we know some people suffer from health problems.
So, this is what we also want you to do to improve the air in your home so we can breathe better.
We will inform you about the kind of materials and which fan to buy for our "DIY" Air Purifier.
There are kinds that are not expensive and that is what we will inform you.
The materials we recommend will be better for our breathing and will keep us healthy.
What we are informing you is what we are recommended to do to help us breathe clean air.
2 other things you can do to improve the quality of indoor air
Did you know?
During episodes of wildfire smoke it’s important to:
- seal windows and doors
- adjust heating and air conditioning to recirculate
Store-bought air filters
- Use a store-bought home air purifier with a HEPA filter. If you can find a purifier with a HEPA filter, make sure it’s certified by the American Home Appliance Association.
There are often shortages of HEPA air purifiers for sale. Waiting lists and stock depletion are common. An option is to build your own air purifier with materials available at the hardware store for about $100 CAD.
Homemade air filters
- Homemade air purifiers aren’t as effective as HEPA filters. BUT: they will improve indoor quality in your home, and help protect the health of your family and you.
Follow these instructions to build an air purifier called the “Corsi-Rosenthal box”. (It was designed by engineers Richard Corsi and Jim Rosenthal during the COVID-19 pandemic).
4 (four) MERV 13 square furnace filters – 20 inch X 20 inch
*there are different types of MERV filters, including MERV 8, 10, 13. The higher the number, the better it filters air. We recommend MERV 13.
1 (one) 20-inch box fan
Duct tape or packing tape or electrical tape
2 pieces of flat cardboard, the size of the fan.
*if you just bought the box fan, you can use the cardboard from the box.
VIDEO: Instructions to build a homemade air purifier
Now we will be showing you what you will need with what we are about to make.
Now, you probably have seen this at home. This is what you will need. They are called filters.
You will need 4 pieces. Make sure the are the MERV 13 kind, you will see them written here.
You will need the ones called MERV 13. You can find them at the hardware store.
You will see many different types like MERV 8, MERV10 and MERV13.
But, we recommend that you use the MERV13.
The higher the number, the better the filter... like MERV10 and such but, they say the 13 does a better job.
Using this will filter the smoke from the air blowing through here.
On this side, this is Where the air Will blow in. If there is smoke outside, that smoke will blow in from here as well.
These are 20 inches. We will also be using this fan.
You will also need cardboard boxes, you need to use these as well.
You have to cut them and it will look like this.
And... this one as well. You see how they are both the same size: That is what you need to do.
You will also need tape, and scissors. And this fan. Make sure it is this size. It will look like this.
This is what we want you to do and we will show you how to make it.
VIDEO: How to build your indoor air purifier
I will be showing you what to do.
This is the DIY Air home purifier.
We already informed people what kind of filters they need to use.
You have to put them together like this like a square.
If you look here you can see the arrows and you place the filters in this direction
Then we close it up and start using the tape.
But make sure everything is in place first.
We have to make it strong and place it nicely.
Here. Tape that side.
On this side as well.
This will help breathe in clean air.
Ok, now we tape this side as well.
Now the other side.
Make sure the arrows are pointed this way.
And then, we can start putting the other pieces together
For this one... we will place it at the bottom
We do it like this and we close it up.
It will look like that.
Stick this on so it will stay in place
This side too. It's ok if it looks like this
We're making it look temporary for now.
Now we turn it to the other side.
And now, the fan. We place it on top. Place it right here.
We place it on top and make sure to place it the right way.
Place it like this and this is how it should look
Now we can tape this part as well and over here so nothing can get in.
Make sure we do it properly.
Since smoke is harmful to some people, the air will blow from here and this will prevent the harmful smoke particles from coming in.
For those with breathing problems. the filtered ail will blow from here.
This is what we recommend for people with asthma as well.
You can also place it where they sleep.
We recommend people to use the ones that say MERV13.
That iS what they will look like.
All these materials you need to buy are affordable. This one is not expensive too. These as well.
You won't spend over $100 if you purchase these.
Now we have to tape everywhere. Then everyone will be able to see what it will look like once we're done.
And for this piece, we place it here. It will look like this and we close it up.
VIDEO: More recommendations for cleaner air
The "DIY" air purifier we taught you how to make. You can place it anywhere in your home such as the dining area, living room and even the bedroom.
You can place it in the area where the whole family is.
That is what we need to watch out for, when you make your own Air Purifier.
You can use for up to 7 months. You can make it yourself and make sure to use the recommended filters.
Also, to take care of how long you will be able to use it.
We need to improve the air in our home due to the smoke, those who are sick and we have to take care of them.
We have to take care of the ones who have lung issues. That is why we are doing this so we can help them.
If you want more information, you can visit our website at creehealth.org. This is our way to help everyone.
We want to thank you all.
To do what we can to help and If you want to know more you can always ask us or anyone who works at Miyupimaatisiiun in the Eeyou Istchee as well as the Cree Nation.
Thank you and take care.