If you live in a newer house in Cambridge, it was probably constructed with energy efficiency at the top of the list. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with enhanced seals. While these advances are fantastic for keeping your energy costs in check, they’re not so great for your indoor air quality.
Your heating and cooling system needs to run with a filter. But if you rely on a flat filter, you won’t be getting ample filtration. This model only gives 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 ample filtration, particularly 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 placed within ductwork to provide mighty filtration around your home. Depending on the kind you go with, you’ll be able to filter 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 guard scientists as they worked on the atomic bomb. Today, they’re necessary in hospitals and other medical facilities.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration method. A prefilter catches larger irritants before the HEPA filter captures the remainder of smaller pollutants. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System is compatible with all HVAC brands and seamlessly integrates with your smart home. It combats the three leading varieties of indoor air contaminants:
- Airborne particles
- Chemical odors and vapors
- Germs and bacteria, under certain airflow conditions
This air purifier can eliminate 99.9%* of pollutants, such as mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also potent at 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 household odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S is equipped with sensing features that make it simple to maintain. When paired 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 come in 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 finer the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is great for households 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 gets rid of more than 95%3 of unhealthy particles from your residence’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is recommended for households who are seeking improved protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter captures 99% of larger particles such as 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 homes 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 deliver this effective filtration without increasing the cost of turning on your home comfort system.
These three media air cleaners work with any brand of HVAC system. Regardless, it’s critical to be aware that some of the denser ones, like MERV 16 and 13, may decrease your system’s airflow. This can inflate your energy costs.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the fault of you get a blistering sunburn. But this type of light has a useful application when concealed inside your ductwork. It’s also tough enough to reduce germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In reality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can decrease the number of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as fast as 45 minutes.5 This light wrecks cell structure, which stops these microorganisms from multiplying and moving around your residence.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your heating and cooling system clean and working like it should. It takes care of germs, mold and fungi hiding inside ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier achieves all this work without producing lung-inflaming ozone.6
Breathe Healthier Air with the Support of Our Air Purification Specialists
Your household’s comfort and health is important to us at Pliescott HVAC Services LLC . We know there are lots of options out there. That’s why we make it uncomplicated to collaborate with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in making solutions that match your needs and budget, and we’d love to find out more about your home and your air quality issues. Reach us at 410-228-4822 right away 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.