After the market ran out of stocks of air purifiers, people in the states affected by wildfires have no choice but to make some of their own.
As the West Coast of the United States burns in apocalyptic scenes, people in the smoky, gray areas that fill the sky struggle to get air purifiers to make the air in their homes more breathable.
According to Google Trends, “DIY air purifier” searches have increased in the last month, with most searches coming from Oregon, Washington and California.
Air purifiers were already in high demand because of Covid-19, with people looking for ways to clean the air in their homes or offices.
When Wired analyzed the potential effectiveness of these DIY fans with a filter box for removing virus particles from the air, they found that a 2018 study in Singapore specifically examined their effectiveness in regarding soot and smoke from wildfires.
The researchers concluded that a fan with a filter mounted in a window to draw air inside the filter reduced small particles by about 75%.
In short, although not as sophisticated, home-made air purifiers can improve air quality and are certainly better than nothing if you struggle with it. smoke And you have no alternative.
In a tweet, former editor-in-chief of Motherboard and now Bay Area resident Derek Mead introduces himself to his DIY air purifier.
Mead has devised its alternative for less than half the cost of purifiers available – or not, if we are talking now – for consumers.
Thomas Talhelm, an associate professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, has been fascinated by air quality and particulate matter since living in Beijing. He founded Smart Air, a corporation that educates people about indoor air quality and sells air purifiers.