With these wildfires surrounding us and smoke and ash blanketing our beautiful valley, it’s really important to change out your air filters in your house. Smoky conditions will clog the filters in as little as half the recommended replacement cycle. Continue to keep doors and windows shut as much as possible. Most window air conditioners and swamp coolers do not filter the air before it is discharged into the home. There may be some reduction of particulates when the air passes through the wet media on a swamp cooler, but it is much less than what will be captured by a filter on a furnace or centralized air conditioning system. I pray and thank these firefighters and hopefully we will be able to see our beautiful mountains again real soon.