Well, yes and no. Smoke can be filtered through windows by a window ac unit, but it depends on how your building is constructed and how old the windows that you have are. A standard window that just sits in the wall, is not going to filter smoke as easily as one that is mounted on a sill or a frame.
Well, it’s pretty obvious that the windows on many of the new home construction homes are going to be old enough for this to be a problem. And that’s why they’re usually going to be replaced with new windows. But even if the window is as old as a barn door, the smoke might still be able to get in.
In the case of a window built into a wall, it may be possible to simply add some kind of filter to the window so that the smoke doesn’t enter the room. If the window is mounted on the sill or frame, though, a filter would have to be mounted on the frame or sill. Since the window is on the interior side of the wall, it would be impossible to mount a filter on it without damaging the glass.
A smoke filter would definitely need to be mounted on the window frame or sill as well as on the window itself, and the window must be sealed. In the case of a window mounted on the interior side of the wall, you can just mount the smoke filter on the window itself.
Smoke is pretty tricky to filter. The best systems I know of are the ones that use some sort of carbon particle filter that takes up to three times as much air as the normal material does. This means that you get about three times as much air out as you put in. So just adding a carbon filter to your windows or siding has the side effect of increasing your air pollution levels.
This is not to say that adding this type of filter to your windows or siding will instantly make your house a smokier place. However, the idea here is that the filter does lower your indoor air pollutants. It’s just a matter of looking at it that way and seeing it as an opportunity to improve the air quality in your home.
It’s kind of difficult to do so since there aren’t very many places in the country where the air quality is good enough to justify this type of filter. What you can do is look at the air quality in your home and see if you can improve it by investing in a carbon filter. If you are in an area where the air quality is bad, you can begin by building up your carbon filter so you can improve it even more.
Carbon filters are a very inexpensive way to improve air quality. Many of the cheapest air purifiers on the market do not filter the air at all, but instead rely on the use of chemical filters that will actually remove tiny particles. Carbon filters are a better method because they use less chemicals and are actually less expensive. Of course, carbon filters are also easier to maintain and less likely to be contaminated by chemicals.
Carbon filters are great for those with allergies and asthma. I’ve been using one for a long time and it is very effective. However, if you have allergies or asthma, I would recommend that you consider replacing them with a good quality HEPA filter, which does indeed filter out smaller particles as well as small gases, dust, and smoke.
HEPA filters are a very popular feature of air purifiers today. But I recommend you look into a HEPA filter for your new home, not just because of their effectiveness, but also because they are typically more affordable than carbon filters.