If you live in a newly constructed residence in Elk River, it was in all likelihood built with energy efficiency as a priority. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with enhanced seals. While these enhancements are excellent for keeping your utility bill economical, they’re not so great for your indoor air quality.
Your HVAC system needs to work with a filter. But if you install a flat filter, you won’t be receiving enough filtration. This model only provides the smallest amount of protection by stopping dust from getting into your home comfort system.
While you can upgrade to a pleated filter or one with a increased MERV rating, it still might not be adequate filtration, particularly if someone in your home 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 deliver effective filtration throughout your home. Depending on the model you go with, you’ll be able to filter allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our top 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 top-of-the-line filtration. These filters were first created to defend scientists as they worked on the atomic bomb. Today, they’re essential in hospitals and other medical facilities.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System includes a three-step filtration method. A prefilter draws bigger particles before the HEPA filter traps the remainder of tiny particles. Then, a charcoal filter takes care of odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System works with all HVAC brands and easily integrates with your smart home. It fights the three key varieties 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, such as 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, based on laboratory and field studies, it reduces and destroys approximately 50% of residential odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S is equipped with sensing features that make it uncomplicated to keep up. When paired 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 come in in a variety of MERV ratings to work with your needs. This rating measures how effective filters are at removing contaminants. The higher the number, the finer 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, as it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-level filtration. And it removes more than 95%3 of unhealthy particles from your residence’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is recommended for homes who desire better protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter captures 99% of larger particles like 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 great 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 finer ones down to 0.3 microns.4 It’s able to provide this effective filtration without increasing the cost of using your heating and cooling system.
These three media air cleaners are compatible with any brand of HVAC system. However, it’s essential to know that some of the denser ones, like MERV 16 and 13, may limit your system’s airflow. This can inflate your heating and cooling bills.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the fault of you get a painful sunburn. But this wavelength of light has a beneficial application when installed inside your ductwork. It’s also powerful enough to reduce germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In reality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can reduce the concentration of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as short as 45 minutes.5 This light destroys cell structure, which prohibits these microorganisms from flourishing and moving around your home.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your heating and cooling system clean and running efficiently. It takes care of germs, mold and fungi that are hidden within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier does all these things without making lung-inflaming ozone.6
Breathe Better with the Assistance of Our Air Purification Pros
Your loved ones’ comfort and health is our top priority at Home Comfort Heating & Air. We realize there are a lot of possibilities out there. That’s why we make it easy to collaborate with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in creating solutions that fit your needs and budget, and we’d love to hear more about your house and your air quality issues. Reach us at 763-276-0617 today 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.