If you own a newly built home in Payson, it was probably built with energy efficiency in mind. This means more insulation and windows and doors with enhanced seals. While these advances are excellent for keeping your heating and cooling bill reasonable, they’re not so great for your indoor air quality.
Your HVAC system needs to run with a filter. But if you’re using a flat filter, you won’t be getting adequate filtration. This style only delivers the lowest level of protection by keeping dust out of your home comfort system.
While you can get a pleated filter or one with a better 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 great solution. These systems are placed within ductwork to deliver mighty filtration across your home. Depending on the type you select, you’ll be able to get rid of 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, gives premium filtration. These filters were first developed to defend scientists as they made the atomic bomb. Today, they’re a staple in hospitals and other medical facilities.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System includes a three-step filtration method. A prefilter draws significant pollutants before the HEPA filter captures the remainder of miniscule particles. Then, a charcoal filter takes care of odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System connects to all HVAC brands and smoothly links to with your smart home. It combats the three major types of indoor air pollutants:
- Airborne particles
- Chemical odors and vapors
- Germs and bacteria, under certain airflow conditions
This air purifier can eliminate 99.9%* of pollutants, including mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also capable of decreasing or eradicating 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 comes with sensing features that make it easy to serviced. When linked 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 come in in a variety of MERV ratings to work with your needs. This rating measures how capable filters are at removing contaminants. The better 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-strength filtration. And it removes more than 95%3 of aggravating particles from your house’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is recommended for homes who desire enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter traps 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 residences with pets. It catches 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 deliver this powerful filtration without increasing the bill for operating your heating and cooling system.
These three media air cleaners can be used with any brand of HVAC system. But despite that, it’s critical to know that some of the thicker ones, like MERV 16 and 13, may decrease your system’s airflow. This can increase your utility costs.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to blame when you get a painful sunburn. But this kind of light has a helpful application when installed inside your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to decrease germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In reality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can reduce the amount of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as fast as 45 minutes.5 This light damages cell structure, which prohibits these microorganisms from growing and spreading throughout your residence.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your home comfort system clean and operating efficiently. It eliminates of germs, mold and fungi hiding inside ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier does all these tasks without producing lung-irritating ozone.6
Breathe Better with the Support of Our Air Purification Pros
Your household’s comfort and health matters to us at North Mechanical Heating and Cooling. We realize there are many solutions out there. That’s why we make it easy to partner with our indoor air quality pros. We specialize in recommending solutions that match your needs and budget, and we’d love to learn more about your residence and your air quality issues. Give us a call at 928-263-8570 today 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.