If you have a newer residence in Tucker, it was probably made with energy efficiency in mind. This means more insulation and windows and doors with enhanced seals. While these enhancements are excellent for keeping your heating and cooling bills affordable, they’re not so great for your indoor air quality.
Your heating and cooling system needs to run with a filter. But if you have a flat filter, you won’t be receiving adequate filtration. This model only provides the smallest amount of protection by blocking dust from infiltrating your heating and cooling system.
While you can get a pleated filter or one with a better MERV rating, it still might not be enough filtration, even more so if someone in your house has allergies or other respiratory problems.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a great solution. These systems are installed within ductwork to provide powerful filtration throughout your residence. Depending on the type you choose, you’ll be able to filter allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our top 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, delivers the best filtration. These filters were first made to defend scientists as they created the atomic bomb. Today, they’re a must-have in hospitals and other medical facilities.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System has a three-step filtration procedure. A prefilter attracts bigger irritants before the HEPA filter traps the remainder of miniscule irritants. Then, a charcoal filter takes care of odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System works with all HVAC brands and easily integrates with your smart home. It fights the three major varieties of indoor air irritants:
- 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 potent at removing or eradicating 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 includes sensing features that make it simple to keep up. 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 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 good filters are at capturing contaminants. The higher the number, the better the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is great 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 removes more than 95%3 of unhealthy particles from your house’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is suggested for families who want enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter traps 99% of larger particles like 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 houses with pets. It traps more than 87% of bigger particles down to 3 microns and more than 28% of smaller ones down to 0.3 microns.4 It’s able to deliver this strong filtration without running up the price of using your HVAC system.
These three media air cleaners are compatible with any brand of HVAC system. But despite that, it’s critical to realize that some of the thicker ones, including MERV 16 and 13, may decrease your system’s airflow. This can hike up your energy costs.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are the fault of why you get a blistering sunburn. But this kind of light has a beneficial application when placed in your ductwork. It’s also tough enough to reduce germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In fact, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can lower 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 spreading throughout your residence.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your home comfort system clean and operating like it should. It wipes out of germs, mold and fungi hiding within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier achieves all this work without producing lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Easier with the Support of Our Air Purification Pros
Your family’s comfort and health is our top priority at ACS Heating and Air Conditioning. We are aware there are lots of possibilities out there. That’s why we make it easy to work with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in recommending solutions tailored to your needs and budget, and we’d love to find out more about your house and your air quality challenges. Give us a call at 770-450-1539 today 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.