July 18, 2014 9:22 pm

WATCH: Dealing with wildfire smoke in your home


VERNON – Hazy skies in the North Okanagan have been a constant reminder of the wildfires burning across B.C.

Some are trying to escape indoors but the smoke can follow you home.

There are steps you can take to help keep the smoke at bay like a specialized filter for your air conditioner, which is one option.

“Regular air filters that don’t filter down as fine will actually not get the smoke out of the air,” says John Rusch with Applewood Heating and Air Conditioning.

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A high efficiency particulate air filtration system is another option for those with more money to spend.

“If you are really concerned about smoke this clears/cleans the air much better. [It’s] hospital grade,” says Rusch.

For those on a budget just changing the filter can help.

“The cleaner the filter is the more it will be able to catch. Once you start getting dirt loaded on, dirt and dust on the filter, air cannot flow through it so it is not going to be able to filter any of that particular products out through the filter,” says Rusch.

Rusch also has some other tips to keep the smoke down indoors: keep your doors and windows closed and set the fan on your furnace to circulation mode to keep air moving in the house.

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