Wildfire smoke is a combination of particles and gases. According to the EPA’s online document Why Wildfire Smoke is a Health Concern:
“ Particle pollution represents a main component of wildfire smoke and the principal public health threat.” They go on to explain that “Fine particles from wildfire smoke are of greatest health concern.”
“Fine particles” are defined as those particles that are less than 2.5 microns. (For comparison, a human hair has the diameter of about 70 microns, while pollen and mold can be around 10 microns.)
So the key to making the indoor air safe from wildfire pollutants is to effectively remove the greatest threat (fine particles) while also removing gases as well.
How well does the Skin Authority DefenderPRO do this? Better than anyone!
The DefenderPRO Medi-Filter cartridge – the heart and soul of the unit – removes over 99.99% of particles at 0.1 microns. (That’s 25 times SMALLER than the 2.5 micron size of “fine particles!”) In fact, the Defender’s filtration is so effective that it was independently tested using CDC protocols to remove 99.9% of the SARS-CoV-2. The Defender is actually an FDA-Cleared Class II Medical Device for the removal of bacteria and viruses. So particulates in wildfire smoke are, for the DefenderPRO, large particles that are very easy to remove.
Even though the gases in wildfire smoke are less of a threat than the particles, the Defender still addresses those with its Enviropure Activated Charcoal Wrap, which removes or reduces over 300 different gases from the air.
On high, the DefenderPRO can change the air in an average (10 x 10 ft) room over 10 times per hour. At medium and low speeds, you can maintain the high indoor air quality of your home 24 hours a day. With its expected motor life of 100,000+ hours, we tell our customers that you can’t OVERUSE the DefenderPRO – you can only UNDERUSE it. We suggest plugging it in, turning it on, and leaving it on. That way it is always removing harmful elements – whether it’s during wildfire season, spring pollen season, fall mold season, or winter cold and flu season. The DefenderPRO will benefit you all year long.