If you own a newly built residence in Port St. Lucie, it was probably constructed with energy efficiency in mind. This means greater amounts of insulation and windows and doors with better seals. While these improvements are great for keeping your energy bills under control, they’re not so great for your indoor air quality.
Your home comfort system needs to work with a filter. But if you have a flat filter, you won’t be experiencing enough filtration. This kind only delivers the smallest amount of protection by blocking dust from infiltrating your HVAC system.
While you can install a pleated filter or one with a better MERV rating, it still might not be adequate filtration, particularly if someone in your home has allergies or other respiratory issues.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier comes in. These systems are installed within ductwork to provide powerful filtration across your home. Depending on the model you select, you’ll be able to filter allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our best options 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 the best filtration. These filters were first made to protect scientists as they made the atomic bomb. Today, they’re a staple in hospitals and other medical applications.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System includes a three-step filtration method. A prefilter draws larger irritants before the HEPA filter catches the rest of smaller particles. Then, a charcoal filter eradicates odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System is compatible with all HVAC brands and smoothly links to your smart home. It combats the three key varieties of indoor air contaminants:
- Airborne particles
- Chemical odors and vapors
- Germs and bacteria, under certain airflow conditions
This air purifier can remove 99.9%* of pollutants, like 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, according to laboratory and field studies, it decreases and eradicates approximately 50% of your home’s odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S includes sensing features that make it easy to keep up. 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 installed 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 fit your needs. This rating determines how capable filters are at capturing contaminants. The greater the number, the finer the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is ideal for families with allergy suffers and pets. This is a HEPA filter air purifier, since it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-grade filtration. And it eliminates more than 95%3 of unhealthy particles from your house’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is suggested for households 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 miniscule 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 miniscule ones down to 0.3 microns.4 It’s able to offer this effective filtration without driving up the bill for turning on your heating and cooling system.
These three media air cleaners can be used with any brand of HVAC system. But despite that, it’s important to know that some of the denser ones, such as MERV 16 and 13, may limit your system’s airflow. This can inflate your utility bills.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are the reason why you get a painful sunburn. But this wavelength of light has a helpful application when installed in your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to reduce germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In reality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can decrease the concentration of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as fast as 45 minutes.5 This light damages cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from growing and infiltrating around your house.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your HVAC system clean and running properly. It wipes out of germs, mold and fungi that are hidden inside ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier accomplishes all this work without developing lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Better with the Support of Our Air Purification Specialists
Your household’s comfort and health matters to us at Custom Air Systems Inc. We know there are many possibilities out there. That’s why we make it simple to collaborate with our indoor air quality pros. We specialize in developing solutions that fit your needs and budget, and we’d love to learn more about your home and your air quality issues. Reach us at 772-247-2283 right away 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.