If you live in a newly built residence in Opelika, it was probably built with energy efficiency as a priority. This means greater amounts of insulation and windows and doors with enhanced seals. While these advances are fantastic for keeping your heating and cooling costs 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 getting enough filtration. This kind only delivers the bare minimum of protection by stopping dust from getting into your heating and cooling system.
While you can install a pleated filter or one with a higher MERV rating, it still might not be enough filtration, especially if someone in your residence has allergies or other respiratory troubles.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a great solution. These systems are installed within ductwork to deliver strong filtration throughout your house. Depending on the type you go with, you’ll be able to get rid of allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our best 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 premium filtration. These filters were first created to protect scientists as they made 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 procedure. A prefilter catches bigger pollutants before the HEPA filter catches the remainder of miniscule pollutants. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System works with all HVAC brands and seamlessly works with with your smart home. It fights the three key kinds of indoor air pollutants:
- Airborne particles
- Chemical odors and vapors
- Germs and bacteria, under certain airflow conditions
This air purifier can remove 99.9%* of pollutants, such as mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also effective at decreasing 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 easy to maintain. 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 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 work with your needs. This rating measures how effective filters are at removing 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-grade filtration. And it eliminates more than 95%3 of irritating particles from your home’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is great for families who want enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter removes 99% of larger particles including dust, pollen and lint. And up to 54% of smaller particles down to 0.3 microns.4
The Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner is a an excellent air purifier for allergies and in homes with pets. It catches more than 87% of bigger particles down to 3 microns and more than 28% of finer ones down to 0.3 microns.4 It’s able to offer this powerful filtration without increasing the cost of operating your heating and cooling system.
These three media air cleaners are compatible with any brand of HVAC system. Regardless, it’s essential to know that some of the denser ones, including MERV 16 and 13, may restrict your system’s airflow. This can increase your energy costs.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the reason why you get a painful sunburn. But this type of light has a helpful application when concealed within your ductwork. It’s also powerful enough to reduce germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In actuality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can decrease the amount of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as little as 45 minutes.5 This light damages cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from growing and moving throughout your house.
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 lurking within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier does all these tasks without developing lung-irritating ozone.6
Breathe Better with the Support of Our Air Purification Pros
Your family’s comfort and health is important to us at Farnell Mechanical, Inc.. We are aware there are a lot of possibilities out there. That’s why we make it simple to work with our indoor air quality specialists. We specialize in creating solutions that meet your needs and budget, and we’d love to learn more about your residence and your air quality issues. Reach us at 334-524-2458 now 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.