Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

As the wildfire in Santa Clarita creates a thick blanket of smoke over the West Valley many have health concerns about the quality of the air. According to the CDC it is important to stay alert and take action to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke.

Wildfire smoke is a mixture of fine particles and gas from burning materials. This smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

Groups at greater risk from wildfire smoke include:

  • People with heart and lung diseases
  • Older adults due to their increased risk of heart and lung diseases
  • Children are more likely to be affected by health threats from smoke.

Take precautions to decrease your risk from wildfire smoke. Check your local air quality reports to air conditions. Consult with local visibility guides that measure the amount of particles that are in the air.

Also, keep your indoor air as clean as possible – Keep your air conditioner on if you have one and keep the fresh air intake closed if you can. Keep your air conditioner filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting in. You can also avoid indoor activities that increase particulates in the air like burning your fireplace, lighting candles or smoking. Even regular vacuuming can increase particulates.

Lastly, you can also purchase an indoor air purifier with a HEPA filter.  HEPA filters use glass fibers in a unique configuration arranged so air is able to pass through the filter while large contaminants such as allergens, mold or dust are captured.

While the Santa Clarita wildfires do pollute the air, there are measures we can take to prevent being adversely affected here in the West Valley.

Happy homemaking

Cool your patio by 20-30 degrees this summer with water sipping misters

With average summer temperatures hovering around 94 degrees in the West Valley, locals are always looking for smart, cost effective ways to keep cool in the summer. More and more people are installing water sipping patio misters.

I know what you are thinking, “But we are in the middle of a drought!”  Actually, modern misters use very little water per hour for the area they cool.

How much water do misters use?  Of course that depends on the area you are cooling and the number of misting heads.  For a 10’ x 20’ patio I would recommend approx. 8-12 misters.  Misters create micro droplets and 10 – 12 will use approx. ½ to 1 gallon per hour.  This means you can cool your patio at dinner time by up to 30 degrees for about 1/2 gallon to 1 gallon of water – that’s less than one toilet flush! 

How does misting cool the air?

Misters create billions of micro droplets every second. When these droplets are introduced into an outdoor area, they quickly evaporate which requires energy. This energy is taken from the air in the form of heat and the result is a temperature reduction from 20-30 degrees – depending on the ambient temperature and the relative humidity of the air.

Best of all these systems are very inexpensive!

Basic systems can be purchased at Home Depot for $25 and plugged directly into your hose – easy and cheap!

When you consider the high energy cost of cost of cooling your home, water sipping misters can be a very inexpensive way to enjoy your patio in the West Valley.

 Happy Homemaking

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