If you live in a newly built residence in Rockford, it was in all likelihood constructed with energy efficiency at the top of the list. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with better seals. While these improvements are fantastic for keeping your utility costs reasonable, they’re not so great 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 enough filtration. This type only provides the bare minimum of protection by keeping dust out of your heating and cooling system.
While you can install a pleated filter or one with a increased MERV rating, it still might not be ample filtration, even more so if someone in your house has allergies or other respiratory issues.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a great solution. These systems are installed within ductwork to provide mighty filtration throughout your home. Depending on the kind you choose, you’ll be able to remove allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our favorite solutions 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 shield scientists as they created the atomic bomb. Today, they’re essential in hospitals and other medical operations.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System includes a three-step filtration process. A prefilter attracts larger irritants before the HEPA filter traps the rest of smaller particles. Then, a charcoal filter takes care of odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System connects to all HVAC brands and smoothly integrates with your smart home. It reduces 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 eradicating 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 your home’s odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S is equipped with sensing features that make it easy to maintain. When paired with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll be notified when 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 available in a variety of MERV ratings to work with your needs. This rating determines how good 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-grade filtration. And it gets rid of more than 95%3 of unhealthy particles from your home’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is great for families who are looking for stronger protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter traps 99% of larger particles such as 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 residences with pets. It catches more than 87% of bigger particles down to 3 microns and more than 28% of miniscule ones down to 0.3 microns.4 It’s able to offer this effective filtration without driving up the bill for using your HVAC system.
These three media air cleaners are compatible with any brand of HVAC system. Regardless, it’s critical to know that some of the more substantial ones, including MERV 16 and 13, may restrict your system’s airflow. This can hike up your utility expenses.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to blame when you get a painful sunburn. But this kind of light has a beneficial application when installed within your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to eliminate germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In fact, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can decrease 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 infiltrating throughout your home.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your HVAC system clean and running like it should. It eliminates of germs, mold and fungi that are hidden in ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier does all this work without making lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Healthier Air with the Assistance of Our Air Purification Specialists
Your loved ones’ comfort and health is important to us at Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling. We are aware there are many possibilities out there. That’s why we make it uncomplicated to partner with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in recommending solutions tailored to your needs and budget, and we’d love to hear more about your house and your air quality challenges. Call us at (815) 914-6197 now 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.