If you live in a newly constructed residence in Wyandotte, it was likely built with energy efficiency as a priority. This means greater amounts of insulation and windows and doors with enhanced seals. While these enhancements are great for keeping your energy expenses affordable, they’re not so great for your indoor air quality.
Your HVAC system needs to run with a filter. But if you have a flat filter, you won’t be receiving adequate filtration. This type only gives the smallest amount of protection by blocking dust from infiltrating your HVAC system.
While you can get a pleated filter or one with a increased MERV rating, it still might not be enough filtration, even more so if someone in your home has allergies or other respiratory issues.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier comes in. These systems are placed within ductwork to provide mighty filtration throughout your residence. Depending on the model you go with, you’ll be able to get rid of allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our favorite styles from Lennox, an industry leader in air purification.
Best Air Purifiers from Lennox
1. HEPA Air Purifiers
A HEPA air purifier, like the Healthy Climate® High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filtration System, provides premium filtration. These filters were first made to defend scientists as they created the atomic bomb. Today, they’re necessary in hospitals and other medical buildings.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System has a three-step filtration process. A prefilter attracts bigger particles before the HEPA filter traps the rest of smaller pollutants. Then, a charcoal filter eradicates odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System connects to all HVAC brands and easily works with your smart home. It reduces the three major types of indoor air pollutants:
- Airborne particles
- Chemical odors and vapors
- Germs and bacteria, under certain airflow conditions
This air purifier can get rid of 99.9%* of pollutants, like mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also potent at decreasing or eliminating 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, according to laboratory and field studies, it reduces and eliminates approximately 50% of residential odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S is equipped with sensing features that make it easy to service. When linked with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll get a notification to change the filter and UVA light.2 This home air purifier must be used with communicating Lennox systems and the iComfort S30.
2. Media Air Cleaners
Lennox Healthy Climate® Media Air Cleaners come in in a variety of MERV ratings to work with your needs. This rating measures how effective filters are at trapping contaminants. The higher the number, the better the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is great for homes with allergy suffers and pets. This is a HEPA filter air purifier, because it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-level filtration. And it eliminates more than 95%3 of unhealthy particles from your house’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is suggested for households who are looking for stronger protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter removes 99% of larger particles like dust, pollen and lint. And up to 54% of smaller particles down to 0.3 microns.4
The Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner is a an excellent air purifier for allergies and in houses with pets. It catches more than 87% of bigger particles down to 3 microns and more than 28% of smaller ones down to 0.3 microns.4 It’s able to offer this strong filtration without driving up the bill for using your HVAC system.
These three media air cleaners work with any brand of HVAC system. But despite that, it’s essential to realize that some of the denser ones, including MERV 16 and 13, may limit your system’s airflow. This can increase your utility bills.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are the fault of why you get a painful sunburn. But this kind of light has a beneficial application when installed inside your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to decrease germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In actuality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can lower the amount of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as short as 45 minutes.5 This light destroys cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from growing and moving around your house.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your HVAC system clean and operating efficiently. It eliminates of germs, mold and fungi lurking in ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier achieves all this work without making lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Healthier Air with the Assistance of Our Air Purification Professionals
Your household’s comfort and health matters to us at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning. We know there are many solutions out there. That’s why we make it simple to partner with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in recommending solutions that match your needs and budget, and we’d love to hear more about your home and your air quality issues. Give us a call at 734-284-1224 right away to begin.
1Based on laboratory and field studies.
2PureAir™ S requires the iComfort® S30 and a communicating indoor unit.
3Leading consumer magazine, January 2012. Based on the published CADR, which is the standardized measurement system to determine the cubic feet of clean air produced per minute. Particles captured range in size down to 0.3 micron. One micron = 1/25,000 of an inch in diameter.
4Based on lab tests conducted on filters with conditions included in ASHRAE standard 52.2 for E1 and E3 size ranges.
5Based on constant circulation of air in the home, 3,000-square-foot home with a 5-ton air handler.
6U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Ozone Generators that are Sold as Air Cleaners: An Assessment of Effective and Health Consequences,” August 2006.