If you live in a newly constructed house in Columbia, it was likely constructed with energy efficiency in mind. This means more insulation and windows and doors with improved seals. While these improvements are fantastic for keeping your energy expenses affordable, they’re not so good for your indoor air quality.
Your HVAC system needs to work with a filter. But if you rely on a flat filter, you won’t be getting ample filtration. This kind only provides the smallest amount of protection by blocking dust from infiltrating your home comfort system.
While you can get a pleated filter or one with a increased MERV rating, it still might not be enough filtration, particularly if someone in your residence has allergies or other respiratory issues.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a good option. These systems are attached within ductwork to deliver mighty filtration around your home. Depending on the type 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, provides the best filtration. These filters were first created to guard scientists as they developed the atomic bomb. Today, they’re a staple in hospitals and other medical buildings.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System has a three-step filtration method. A prefilter draws larger particles before the HEPA filter catches the remainder of smaller irritants. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System connects to all HVAC brands and seamlessly works with with your smart home. It combats the three major kinds of indoor air irritants:
- 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 decreasing or eliminating 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 keep up. When paired with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll get a notification to install a new filter and UVA light.2 This home air purifier must be installed 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 fit 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 ideal for residences with allergy suffers and pets. This is a HEPA filter air purifier, since it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-level filtration. And it eliminates more than 95%3 of irritating particles from your home’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is recommended for families who want enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter captures 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 an excellent air purifier for allergies and in residences with pets. It traps 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 powerful filtration without running up the price of using your HVAC system.
These three media air cleaners are compatible with any brand of HVAC system. Regardless, it’s important to know that some of the more substantial ones, including MERV 16 and 13, may limit your system’s airflow. This can inflate your energy bills.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the reason why you get a painful sunburn. But this wavelength of light has a helpful application when placed inside your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to reduce germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In fact, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can reduce the concentration of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as fast as 45 minutes.5 This light wrecks cell structure, which prohibits these microorganisms from growing and infiltrating around your house.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your HVAC system clean and working like it should. It takes care of germs, mold and fungi hiding in ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier accomplishes all these things without producing lung-inflaming ozone.6
Breathe Healthier Air with the Support of Our Air Purification Specialists
Your household’s comfort and health is important to us at Watts Electric & A/C Inc. We realize there are lots of options out there. That’s why we make it uncomplicated to collaborate with our indoor air quality pros. We specialize in recommending solutions tailored to your needs and budget, and we’d love to find out more about your home and your air quality issues. Reach us at 601-736-7362 right away 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.