If you own a newer house in Lancaster, it was likely made with energy efficiency at the top of the list. This means more insulation and windows and doors with better seals. While these enhancements are excellent for keeping your heating and cooling bills in check, they’re not so fantastic for your indoor air quality.
Your HVAC system needs to operate with a filter. But if you have a flat filter, you won’t be experiencing ample filtration. This kind only delivers the lowest level of protection by keeping dust out of your home comfort system.
While you can install a pleated filter or one with a higher MERV rating, it still might not be adequate filtration, particularly if someone in your home has allergies or other respiratory troubles.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier comes in. These systems are placed within ductwork to provide powerful filtration around your house. Depending on the type you select, you’ll be able to remove allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our top systems 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 created to guard scientists as they developed the atomic bomb. Today, they’re essential in hospitals and other medical applications.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration process. A prefilter attracts larger particles before the HEPA filter catches the rest of miniscule particles. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System connects to all HVAC brands and seamlessly integrates 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 get rid of 99.9%* of pollutants, including mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also capable of removing or eradicating 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 get a notification 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 match your needs. This rating calculates how effective filters are at removing contaminants. The higher the number, the greater the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is recommended for residences 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 removes more than 95%3 of irritating particles from your house’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is suggested for homes who are seeking improved 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 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 offer this powerful filtration without running up the cost of turning on your home comfort system.
These three media air cleaners work with any brand of HVAC system. However, it’s important to know that some of the more substantial ones, such as 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 blame when you get a blistering sunburn. But this type of light has a beneficial application when concealed inside your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to decrease germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In actuality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can lower the amount of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as little as 45 minutes.5 This light destroys cell structure, which stops these microorganisms from flourishing and moving across your residence.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your home comfort system clean and working efficiently. It eliminates of germs, mold and fungi lurking in ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier achieves all these tasks without making lung-irritating ozone.6
Breathe Easier with the Help of Our Air Purification Professionals
Your family’s comfort and health is important to us at Fairfield Heating & Cooling. We realize there are many solutions out there. That’s why we make it simple to partner with our indoor air quality specialists. We specialize in developing solutions that meet your needs and budget, and we’d love to find out more about your home and your air quality issues. Reach us at 740-331-4331 today 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.