If you have a newly built residence in Zelienople, it was in all likelihood made with energy efficiency in mind. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with enhanced seals. While these improvements are great for keeping your heating and cooling expenses under control, they’re not so good for your indoor air quality.
Your home comfort system needs to operate with a filter. But if you’re using a flat filter, you won’t be getting enough filtration. This style 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 better MERV rating, it still might not be ample filtration, even more so if someone in your home has allergies or other respiratory problems.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a good option. These systems are placed within ductwork to give effective filtration around your residence. Depending on the kind you select, you’ll be able to filter 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 premium filtration. These filters were first made to shield scientists as they made the atomic bomb. Today, they’re must-have in hospitals and other medical operations.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration procedure. A prefilter attracts larger pollutants before the HEPA filter captures remaining tiny particles. Then, a charcoal filter eradicates odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System connects to all HVAC brands and smoothly links to with your smart home. It reduces 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 remove 99.9%* of pollutants, such as mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also capable of reducing or destroying 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, based on laboratory and field studies, it decreases and destroys approximately 50% of household 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 are made in a variety of MERV ratings to work with your needs. This rating calculates how effective filters are at trapping contaminants. The higher the number, the better the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is ideal for residences with allergy suffers and pets. This is a HEPA filter air purifier, because it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-level filtration. And it gets rid of more than 95%3 of irritating particles from your house’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is suggested for homes who desire enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter catches 99% of larger particles such as dust, pollen and lint. And up to 54% of smaller particles down to 0.3 microns.4
The Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner is a an excellent 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 effective filtration without running up the price of turning on your home comfort system.
These three media air cleaners are compatible with any brand of HVAC system. But despite that, it’s essential to realize that some of the more substantial ones, such as MERV 16 and 13, may limit your system’s airflow. This can hike up your utility expenses.
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 beneficial application when installed within your ductwork. It’s also powerful enough to eliminate germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In fact, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can reduce the amount of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as little as 45 minutes.5 This light wrecks cell structure, which stops these microorganisms from growing and moving across your home.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your home comfort system clean and running like it should. It eliminates of germs, mold and fungi that are hidden inside ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier accomplishes all these tasks without creating lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Easier with the Help of Our Air Purification Specialists
Your family’s comfort and health is important to us at Knoechel Heating Company. We realize there are many options out there. That’s why we make it uncomplicated to work with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in making solutions that match your needs and budget, and we’d love to hear more about your house and your air quality challenges. Give us a call at 724-425-5852 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.