If you own a newly constructed home in South Beloit and Belvidere, it was probably built with energy efficiency at the top of the list. This means more insulation and windows and doors with enhanced seals. While these enhancements are fantastic for keeping your energy costs affordable, they’re not so excellent 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 kind only provides the lowest level of protection by blocking dust from infiltrating your HVAC system.
While you can install a pleated filter or one with a increased MERV rating, it still might not be adequate filtration, especially if someone in your house has allergies or other respiratory troubles.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a great solution. These systems are attached within ductwork to provide powerful filtration across your house. Depending on the type you choose, you’ll be able to filter allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our best systems 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 the best filtration. These filters were first created to protect scientists as they worked on the atomic bomb. Today, they’re a must-have in hospitals and other medical operations.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System has a three-step filtration process. A prefilter catches significant irritants before the HEPA filter traps the remainder of smaller pollutants. Then, a charcoal filter takes care of odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System connects to all HVAC brands and seamlessly connects with your smart home. It reduces the three key 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 effective at removing 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 residential odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S includes sensing features that make it uncomplicated to maintain. When linked with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll receive an alert 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 available in a variety of MERV ratings to fit your needs. This rating measures how capable filters are at removing contaminants. The higher the number, the greater the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is recommended for homes 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 homes who want improved protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter captures 99% of larger particles such as 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 a great air purifier for allergies and in residences 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 running up the cost of using your HVAC system.
These three media air cleaners can be used with any brand of HVAC system. Regardless, it’s critical to know that some of the thicker ones, like MERV 16 and 13, may limit your system’s airflow. This can hike up your heating and cooling costs.
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 helpful application when placed within your ductwork. It’s also tough enough to reduce germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In fact, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can reduce the number of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as short as 45 minutes.5 This light destroys cell structure, which stops these microorganisms from growing and moving throughout your residence.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your heating and cooling system clean and running properly. It eliminates of germs, mold and fungi that are hidden within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier does all this work without developing lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Easier with the Support of Our Air Purification Pros
Your family’s comfort and health matters to us at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. We know there are many options out there. That’s why we make it uncomplicated to work with our indoor air quality pros. We specialize in recommending solutions that meet your needs and budget, and we’d love to find out more about your residence and your air quality issues. Call us at 877-389-2465 today to get started.
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.