If you own a newer house in Kutztown, it was in all likelihood made with energy efficiency at the top of the list. This means greater amounts of insulation and windows and doors with improved seals. While these enhancements are fantastic for keeping your energy expenses in check, they’re not so good 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 kind only provides the bare minimum of protection by blocking dust from infiltrating your HVAC system.
While you can install a pleated filter or one with a increased MERV rating, it still might not be enough filtration, especially if someone in your house has allergies or other respiratory troubles.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a great solution. These systems are placed within ductwork to deliver effective filtration around 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 top 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, provides premium filtration. These filters were first created to guard scientists as they made the atomic bomb. Today, they’re essential in hospitals and other medical buildings.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System has a three-step filtration method. A prefilter catches bigger irritants before the HEPA filter captures the rest of miniscule particles. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System works with all HVAC brands and smoothly works with with your smart home. It combats the three key types of indoor air pollutants:
- Airborne particles
- Chemical odors and vapors
- Germs and bacteria, under certain airflow conditions
This air purifier can get rid of 99.9%* of pollutants, like mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also effective at reducing or eliminating 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, according to laboratory and field studies, it removes 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 simple to maintain. When used with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll receive an alert to change the 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 are available in a variety of MERV ratings to match your needs. This rating determines how effective filters are at removing contaminants. The better 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 eliminates more than 95%3 of unhealthy particles from your house’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is great for households who want enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter traps 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 miniscule ones down to 0.3 microns.4 It’s able to provide this powerful filtration without driving up the bill for turning on your home comfort system.
These three media air cleaners can be used with any brand of HVAC system. Regardless, it’s critical to realize that some of the thicker ones, including MERV 16 and 13, may decrease your system’s airflow. This can increase 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 kind of light has a helpful application when concealed in 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 lower the amount of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as quickly as 45 minutes.5 This light destroys cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from multiplying and spreading around your home.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your HVAC system clean and running like it should. It wipes out of germs, mold and fungi hiding within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier achieves all these tasks without creating lung-irritating ozone.6
Breathe Better with the Help of Our Air Purification Pros
Your loved ones’ comfort and health is our top priority at Moyer Total Indoor Comfort. We realize there are lots of possibilities out there. That’s why we make it easy to partner with our indoor air quality pros. We specialize in making solutions that match your needs and budget, and we’d love to learn more about your house and your air quality issues. Reach us at 484-646-3363 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.