Wildfire smoke and air quality

Posted by Aleks Cvijic on

Smoke from forest fires or grass fires is one of the most serious air quality problems for Canadians. All provinces and territories can be affected. During the wildfire season (early April to late October), fire can sweep through Canada’s forests and grasslands, producing dense smoke that can be a major source of toxic air pollutants. Fine particles in the smoke can penetrate deep into the lungs and can lead to serious health effects, particularly for small children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with lung and heart conditions. 

Introducing the Lunos MERV 10 Electrostatic Filter

While improving indoor air quality during extreme wild fire conditions is challenging, Lunos Ventilation Systems with the Lunos MERV 10 Electrostatic Filter can improve the quality of your inlet air. 

Medium-MERV filters, according to the EPA, “are likely to be nearly as effective as true HEPA filters” at controlling most airborne indoor particles.

MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value, and is a measure of how well a central-air filter removes particulates from the air. Medium-MERV filters provide much more filtration than the basic MERV 1–4 filters that come standard with central-air systems,

Wildfire smoke predominantly consists of fine particles in the 0.4 to 0.7 micron range. The Lunos Electrostatic Filters are exceptionally good at removing particles of that size from the air. 

Smoky conditions will clog the filters in as little as half the recommended replacement cycle (usually three months), so we suggest simply vacuuming  the filters (do not wash) once the fire season is over.