The air we breathe is important to overall health. That’s more apparent now than ever before, and at J&A we’re focused on getting you and your family the information you need to stay healthy during this time.The next area to consider is air filtration. While there are a variety of options for purifying your air, today we’ll look at the effectiveness of MERV 16 filters, which can capture both virus-sized particles and airborne allergy and asthma triggers. MERV, otherwise known as Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, is a measurement scale that rates the effectiveness of filters at trapping airborne particles. The scale ranges from 1-16, with 16 being the most effective.
The filters we carry at J&A have different levels of efficiency all rated by the size of particle they trap. We suggest talking to a comfort consultant to best identify what filter to purchase as your needs may vary. Good- The Healthy Climate Merv 11 is a standard filter ideal for homes with pets and lasts roughly 8 to 12 months, while the Better-The Healthy Climate Merv 13 is ideal for filtering out mold and some viruses and last roughly 8-12 months Best- The Healthy Climate Merv 16 is the highest level of particle filtration you can purchase. The Merv 16 filter includes a carbon core which will reduce ozone while trapping germs and virus and removes up to 95% of particles in your home. In addition to these options, J&A can also install Hepa filters to your ductwork to clean the air in your house to be as clean as the air in a hospital.
Air purifiers can range in price and efficiency so we advise to talk to one of our comfort consultants. With that being said a great option is the Lennox Pureair. The PureAir™ is extremely efficient in removing odours and chemical vapors produced by pets, cleaning products, etc. What makes the Pureair so superior is the fact that it is a whole home system that eliminates 90% of germs and bacteria down to .01-micron, removing 90% of viruses like flu and MRSA. Lennox claims this filter removes particles as small as Covid 19 and SARS.
A germicidal light is a product that destroy contaminants like mold, mildew, and bacteria within your HVAC system. A germicidal light is important for a variety of reasons. Most importantly it prevents microorganisms from spreading throughout your house. Specifically, Germicidal lights destroy germs, mold and fungi that may live in ductwork and inside your heating and cooling equipment.
Saskatchewan and Saskatoon specifically is notorious for having hard water. Due to this it is recommended to service your humidifier once a year.