If you live in a newer home in Wyandotte, it was in all likelihood made with energy efficiency at the top of the list. This means more insulation and windows and doors with enhanced seals. While these enhancements are great for keeping your heating and cooling expenses in check, they’re not so good for your indoor air quality.
Your home comfort system needs to operate with a filter. But if you have a flat filter, you won’t be getting ample filtration. This model only delivers the bare minimum of protection by stopping dust from getting into your heating and cooling system.
While you can install a pleated filter or one with a higher MERV rating, it still might not be enough filtration, particularly if someone in your house has allergies or other respiratory issues.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a good option. These systems are placed within ductwork to provide effective filtration across your home. Depending on the model you select, you’ll be able to filter allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our favorite options 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, delivers premium filtration. These filters were first developed to guard scientists as they created the atomic bomb. Today, they’re essential in hospitals and other medical facilities.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration process. A prefilter attracts larger irritants before the HEPA filter captures remaining smaller particles. Then, a charcoal filter takes care of odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System works with all HVAC brands and smoothly connects with your smart home. It fights 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 remove 99.9%* of pollutants, like mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also potent at reducing or destroying 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, as the result of laboratory and field studies, it decreases and destroys approximately 50% of household odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S comes with sensing features that make it simple to keep up. When used with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll receive an alert to install a new filter and UVA light.2 This home air purifier must be linked with communicating Lennox systems and the iComfort S30.
2. Media Air Cleaners
Lennox Healthy Climate® Media Air Cleaners are made in a variety of MERV ratings to fit your needs. This rating determines how effective filters are at trapping contaminants. The greater the number, the finer the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is ideal for residences with allergy suffers and pets. This is a HEPA filter air purifier, because it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-grade filtration. And it eliminates more than 95%3 of irritating particles from your residence’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is suggested for families who are looking for better protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter catches 99% of larger particles like dust, pollen and lint. And up to 54% of miniscule particles down to 0.3 microns.4
The Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner is a a fantastic air purifier for allergies and in houses with pets. It traps 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 deliver this strong filtration without increasing the cost of operating your HVAC system.
These three media air cleaners work with any brand of HVAC system. But despite that, it’s critical to know that some of the denser ones, such as MERV 16 and 13, may restrict your system’s airflow. This can hike up your energy expenses.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to blame when you get a stinging sunburn. But this type of light has a beneficial application when installed in your ductwork. It’s also tough enough to decrease germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In actuality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can reduce the amount of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as little as 45 minutes.5 This light damages cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from flourishing and infiltrating around your house.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your heating and cooling system clean and operating like it should. It eliminates of germs, mold and fungi hiding in ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier achieves all these things without creating lung-irritating ozone.6
Breathe Better with the Help of Our Air Purification Pros
Your family’s comfort and health is important to us at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning. We realize there are lots of solutions out there. That’s why we make it simple to collaborate with our indoor air quality specialists. We specialize in creating solutions that fit your needs and budget, and we’d love to find out more about your home and your air quality issues. Call us at 734-284-1224 now to start the process.
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.