DIY Air Purifier

Fire season is here and while these 100+ temps these last 2 weeks have been nice for the sunshine and water activities – it means a lot of dry areas more susceptible to catching on fire.

Having an air purifier inside of your home helps with worsening air quality due to wildfires. If you’re not ready to purchase a quality air purifier or need to use one immediately, here’s an affordable DIY air purifier you can put together this afternoon, courtesy of the New York Times.

What you’ll need:

  • 20″ x 20″ standard box fan
  • 20″ x 20″ x 1″ MERV 13 or FPR 10 filter

Use packing tape to attach the filter to the face of the fan, sealing its entire perimeter. Turn the fan on and you can literally see the fan collecting those dirty pathogens over time.

The NYT article cautions that normal box fans are not designed to withstand the extra workload of driving air through a dense filter, which could damage the fan’s motor. This is not meant to be a long-term solution, but if it’s an emergency for a short period of time, it’s worth trying.

Read the full article HERE.

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