If you have a newly built home in Perry, it was in all likelihood constructed with energy efficiency at the top of the list. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with better seals. While these improvements are excellent for keeping your energy bill affordable, they’re not so excellent 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 experiencing ample filtration. This style only delivers the bare minimum of protection by keeping dust out of your heating and cooling system.
While you can upgrade to a pleated filter or one with a increased MERV rating, it still might not be enough filtration, particularly if someone in your residence has allergies or other respiratory problems.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier comes in. These systems are installed within ductwork to give strong filtration across 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 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, gives top-of-the-line filtration. These filters were first developed to protect scientists as they developed the atomic bomb. Today, they’re must-have in hospitals and other medical applications.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration method. A prefilter draws larger particles before the HEPA filter captures remaining miniscule irritants. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System is compatible with all HVAC brands and easily connects with with your smart home. It reduces 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 get rid of 99.9%* of pollutants, including mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also capable of removing or eliminating 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 your home’s odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S includes sensing features that make it simple 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 installed 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 calculates how effective 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 families with allergy suffers and pets. This is a HEPA filter air purifier, because it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-strength filtration. And it eliminates more than 95%3 of aggravating particles from your residence’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is recommended for households who want enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter captures 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 houses 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 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 important to be aware that some of the denser ones, like MERV 16 and 13, may restrict your system’s airflow. This can hike up your utility costs.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the reason why you get a blistering sunburn. But this wavelength of light has a useful application when placed in your ductwork. It’s also tough enough to eliminate germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In reality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can lower the number of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as fast as 45 minutes.5 This light damages cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from growing and moving across your residence.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your HVAC system clean and operating like it should. It takes care of germs, mold and fungi that are hidden within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier accomplishes all these tasks without developing lung-irritating ozone.6
Breathe Easier with the Assistance of Our Air Purification Specialists
Your loved ones’ comfort and health is important to us at Gillman Heating and Air. We are aware there are a lot of options out there. That’s why we make it easy to collaborate with our indoor air quality specialists. We specialize in creating solutions that match your needs and budget, and we’d love to hear more about your home and your air quality challenges. Reach us at 478-202-3076 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.