If you own a newly built residence in Savage, it was in all likelihood made with energy efficiency in mind. This means greater amounts of insulation and windows and doors with improved seals. While these improvements are excellent for keeping your energy costs reasonable, they’re not so fantastic for your indoor air quality.
Your heating and cooling system needs to work with a filter. But if you rely on a flat filter, you won’t be receiving enough filtration. This type only gives the lowest level of protection by stopping dust from getting into your HVAC 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 house 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 provide powerful filtration around your residence. Depending on the model you choose, you’ll be able to remove allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our favorite 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, provides top-of-the-line filtration. These filters were first made to defend scientists as they developed the atomic bomb. Today, they’re essential in hospitals and other medical buildings.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System includes a three-step filtration method. A prefilter catches bigger irritants before the HEPA filter catches the rest of tiny pollutants. Then, a charcoal filter eradicates 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 key varieties of indoor air pollutants:
- Airborne particles
- Chemical odors and vapors
- Germs and bacteria, under certain airflow conditions
This air purifier can eliminate 99.9%* of pollutants, like mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also effective at removing or eliminating 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, based on laboratory and field studies, it decreases and eradicates approximately 50% of household odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S is equipped with sensing features that make it uncomplicated to serviced. When linked 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 are made in a variety of MERV ratings to work with your needs. This rating measures how effective filters are at capturing 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, since it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-strength filtration. And it removes more than 95%3 of irritating particles from your house’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is recommended for families who desire enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter removes 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 great air purifier for allergies and in homes with pets. It eliminates 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 deliver this powerful filtration without driving up the price of operating your heating and cooling system.
These three media air cleaners are compatible with any brand of HVAC system. But despite that, it’s critical to know that some of the thicker ones, such as MERV 16 and 13, may restrict your system’s airflow. This can hike up your energy bills.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the reason why you get a blistering sunburn. But this type of light has a beneficial application when placed inside your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to eliminate germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In fact, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can reduce the number of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as short as 45 minutes.5 This light wrecks cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from flourishing and spreading across your residence.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your home comfort system clean and running 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 producing lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Healthier Air with the Assistance of Our Air Purification Professionals
Your family’s comfort and health is important to us at Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning. We are aware there are many solutions out there. That’s why we make it simple to work with our indoor air quality pros. We specialize in creating solutions that meet your needs and budget, and we’d love to learn more about your house and your air quality challenges. Give us a call at 952-373-0377 now 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.