Jade Air Purifier by Surgically Clean Air - introduced February 2021.
As the focus on aerosol as a potential source of coronavirus transmission increased, we took the decision to invest in a long term solution to filter and purify the air in the public areas of the hotel. Although natural ventilation through windows and doors will remain a primary source of ventilation when weather allows, this is the Highlands of Scotland and weather does not always allow! When doors and windows do need to be closed, it is vital that aerosol remains minimised and our three Jade units will pick up the slack, filtering and cleaning the air in the public rooms.
Jade was developed over ten years ago by Canadian firm, Surgically Clean Air. It was developed for medical environments, particularly for use in dental practices where aerosol generation can be significant. It is used extensively throughout North America and because of the general health benefits that the system provides as well as pathogen removal, it has increasingly been implemented in offices, professional sports team changing facilities and hospitality environments.
The Jade units will run 24 hours a day, working by sucking in air and forcing it through a multi-stage filtration and cleansing process before re-ionising the air molecules and returning fresh air to the room. Filtration stages follows:
1. Proprietary Hepa Rx filter - to filter out tiny pathogens.
2. Activated carbon filter - to remove unwanted smells from the room.
3. Germicidal UV-C chamber - to rupture the DNA of viruses that make it through the HEPA filter.
4. Adding a titanium dioxide catalyst to improve the intensity of the UV-C effect.
5. Revitalising negative ion chamber - to freshen the air returning into the room.
That may all be a bit boring and technical but we think it's important.
There are many air purification options on the market but what makes Jade class leading is not only its ability to kill the pathogens that pass through the unit, but that it is able to process vast quantities of air and, do so very quietly. Our system has been sized specifically for our spaces and we are able to filter all the air in the rooms multiple times per hour.
The short term benefits of Jade removing potential pathogens from the air are obvious, but we love the idea that in the longer term we are creating a safer, healthier environment for our staff and our guests.