If you own a newly constructed residence in Franklin, it was likely built with energy efficiency in mind. This means more insulation and windows and doors with improved seals. While these improvements are great for keeping your energy costs in check, they’re not so great for your indoor air quality.
Your home comfort system needs to work with a filter. But if you rely on a flat filter, you won’t be receiving adequate filtration. This style only provides the bare minimum of protection by blocking dust from infiltrating your heating and cooling system.
While you can upgrade to a pleated filter or one with a higher MERV rating, it still might not be ample filtration, even more so if someone in your home has allergies or other respiratory troubles.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier comes in. These systems are placed within ductwork to give strong filtration across your house. Depending on the kind you choose, you’ll be able to filter 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, provides the best filtration. These filters were first made to protect scientists as they made the atomic bomb. Today, they’re essential in hospitals and other medical operations.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration procedure. A prefilter draws significant pollutants before the HEPA filter captures the rest of miniscule irritants. Then, a charcoal filter eradicates odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System works with all HVAC brands and smoothly integrates with your smart home. It combats the three leading varieties 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, including mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also effective at reducing or eradicating 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, according to laboratory and field studies, it reduces and eradicates approximately 50% of household odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S comes with sensing features that make it simple to maintain. When used 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 used 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 effective filters are at capturing contaminants. The better 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, because it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-strength 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 desire enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter captures 99% of larger particles including 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 a fantastic air purifier for allergies and in residences with pets. It removes 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 provide this powerful filtration without increasing the price of using your heating and cooling system.
These three media air cleaners work with any brand of HVAC system. However, it’s critical to be aware that some of the denser ones, such as MERV 16 and 13, may decrease your system’s airflow. This can hike up your utility bills.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the fault of you get a blistering sunburn. But this kind of light has a beneficial application when placed in your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to reduce germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In actuality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can decrease 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 moving across your residence.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your heating and cooling system clean and running like it should. It wipes out of germs, mold and fungi hiding inside ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier accomplishes all these tasks without producing lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Better with the Support of Our Air Purification Pros
Your loved ones’ comfort and health is important to us at Winters Heating and Cooling. We know there are lots of solutions out there. That’s why we make it simple to collaborate with our indoor air quality pros. We specialize in recommending solutions that match your needs and budget, and we’d love to find out more about your residence and your air quality challenges. Give us a call at 317-406-5783 right away 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.