Consumer Reports tests air purifiers and recommends air quality apps.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Just a few weeks ago, we were more worried about the smoke from the Canadian wildfires than we were about the summer storm.
The fires prompted air quality advisories all over the eastern U.S. Our skies looked weird, and experts warned about the harm the wildfires could do to our lungs.
“Microscopic particles in smoke are linked to asthma, coughing, difficulty breathing, even non-fatal heart attacks,” said Kaveh Waddell, Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports looked at the different alerts available to you. You can get air-quality alerts from your public health department website and you can go a step further and get your area’s current air quality ratings and future air quality forecast emailed to you. In NC it’s called EnviroFlash.
There are other air quality apps as well: IQair, Plumelabs, and Purpleair, all of these monitor air quality index values.