If you own a newer home in Paxinos, it was likely constructed with energy efficiency in mind. This means more insulation and windows and doors with better seals. While these improvements are fantastic for keeping your utility bill affordable, they’re not so fantastic for your indoor air quality.
Your home comfort system needs to run with a filter. But if you rely on a flat filter, you won’t be receiving ample filtration. This kind only provides the lowest level of protection by keeping dust out of your heating and cooling system.
While you can upgrade to a pleated filter or one with a increased MERV rating, it still might not be enough filtration, particularly if someone in your house has allergies or other respiratory troubles.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a good option. These systems are installed within ductwork to give powerful filtration across your house. Depending on the model you choose, you’ll be able to filter 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, delivers the best filtration. These filters were first created to guard scientists as they developed the atomic bomb. Today, they’re necessary in hospitals and other medical buildings.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System includes a three-step filtration process. A prefilter attracts bigger pollutants before the HEPA filter catches remaining tiny irritants. Then, a charcoal filter eradicates odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System connects to all HVAC brands and smoothly connects with with your smart home. It fights the three leading types of indoor air irritants:
- Airborne particles
- Chemical odors and vapors
- Germs and bacteria, under certain airflow conditions
This air purifier can get rid of 99.9%* of pollutants, including mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also capable of decreasing or destroying 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, according to laboratory and field studies, it decreases and eliminates approximately 50% of household odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S comes with sensing features that make it uncomplicated to serviced. When paired with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll get a notification to replace the 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 good filters are at trapping contaminants. The greater the number, the better the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is ideal for households with allergy suffers and pets. This is a HEPA filter air purifier, as it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-strength filtration. And it gets rid of more than 95%3 of irritating particles from your home’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is great for families who are looking for enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter traps 99% of larger particles including dust, pollen and lint. And up to 54% of finer particles down to 0.3 microns.4
The Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner is a a fantastic air purifier for allergies and in homes with pets. It eliminates 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 effective filtration without driving up the cost of using your HVAC system.
These three media air cleaners work with any brand of HVAC system. However, it’s critical to be aware that some of the thicker ones, such as MERV 16 and 13, may decrease your system’s airflow. This can increase your utility bills.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the reason why you get a painful sunburn. But this type of light has a helpful application when placed within your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to eliminate germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In reality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can lower the number of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as little as 45 minutes.5 This light wrecks cell structure, which stops these microorganisms from growing and moving across your house.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your heating and cooling system clean and running properly. It wipes out of germs, mold and fungi hiding within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier achieves all this work without making lung-irritating ozone.6
Breathe Easier with the Help of Our Air Purification Professionals
Your household’s comfort and health is important to us at LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc.. We know there are a lot of possibilities out there. That’s why we make it uncomplicated to partner with our indoor air quality specialists. We specialize in creating solutions tailored to your needs and budget, and we’d love to hear more about your residence and your air quality challenges. Call us at 570-648-0748 now 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.