If you have a newly constructed home in McMurray, it was likely made with energy efficiency at the top of the list. This means more insulation and windows and doors with enhanced seals. While these improvements are fantastic for keeping your heating and cooling expenses reasonable, they’re not so fantastic for your indoor air quality.
Your home comfort system needs to run with a filter. But if you have a flat filter, you won’t be receiving ample filtration. This type only delivers the bare minimum of protection by keeping dust out of 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, especially if someone in your home 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 give effective filtration around your residence. 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 favorite styles 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 the best filtration. These filters were first created to defend scientists as they developed the atomic bomb. Today, they’re a staple in hospitals and other medical applications.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System includes a three-step filtration process. A prefilter catches bigger pollutants before the HEPA filter traps remaining miniscule pollutants. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System connects to all HVAC brands and easily 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 eliminate 99.9%* of pollutants, like mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also capable of reducing or eliminating 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, as the result of laboratory and field studies, it decreases and eradicates approximately 50% of household odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S comes with sensing features that make it easy to serviced. When used with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll receive an alert 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 made in a variety of MERV ratings to work with your needs. This rating measures how capable 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 residences with allergy suffers and pets. This is a HEPA filter air purifier, since it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-grade filtration. And it gets rid of more than 95%3 of unhealthy particles from your house’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is suggested for homes who are looking for enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter catches 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 fantastic air purifier for allergies and in homes 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 turning on your home comfort system.
These three media air cleaners work with any brand of HVAC system. However, it’s essential to be aware that some of the thicker ones, such as MERV 16 and 13, may limit your system’s airflow. This can hike up your utility bills.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the reason why you get a stinging sunburn. But this wavelength of light has a beneficial application when placed in your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to decrease germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In fact, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can reduce the amount of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as quickly as 45 minutes.5 This light damages cell structure, which stops these microorganisms from growing and moving around your home.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your home comfort system clean and running like it should. It eliminates of germs, mold and fungi hiding inside ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier does all these tasks without creating lung-irritating ozone.6
Breathe Healthier Air with the Help of Our Air Purification Pros
Your loved ones’ comfort and health matters to us at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We know there are many possibilities out there. That’s why we make it simple to collaborate with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in creating solutions that meet your needs and budget, and we’d love to hear more about your residence and your air quality problems. Give us a call at 724-370-0141 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.