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Study finds Friedrich air
Research conducted by the
University of Colorado determined that the use of a Friedrich
electronic air cleaner significantly reduced the amount of airborne
particles in homes near prescribed burns and wildfire.
Funded by the EPA, the study found that airborne
particulate levels were 63-88% lower in homes that used the Friedrich
electronic air cleaner versus homes in which residents simply kept
doors and windows closed while fires were burning nearby.
Wildfire and prescribed burns produce potentially
harmful airborne particulate matter. Land managers are increasingly
using prescribed burns to restore ecosystems and reduce fuel loading.
These fires can increase indoor particulate concentrations in
residences tens of miles away.
The EPA funded the study, which was published in the
October 2005 Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, to
determine whether or not air purifiers can be used successfully as a
mitigator in residences located in areas where scheduled burnings and
wildfires occur. The study concluded that residents near a prescribed
burn or wildfire should consider operating a air cleaner, especially
if they suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems.
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