If you have a newly constructed house in Cape Coral, it was probably made with energy efficiency as a priority. This means greater amounts of insulation and windows and doors with better seals. While these advances are great for keeping your energy costs in check, they’re not so great for your indoor air quality.
Your heating and cooling system needs to work with a filter. But if you’re using a flat filter, you won’t be receiving adequate filtration. This model only delivers the smallest amount of protection by keeping dust out of your heating and cooling system.
While you can get a pleated filter or one with a higher MERV rating, it still might not be ample filtration, particularly if someone in your home 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 deliver effective filtration around your home. Depending on the type you go with, you’ll be able to get rid of allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our favorite solutions 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 developed to shield scientists as they worked on the atomic bomb. Today, they’re must-have in hospitals and other medical settings.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration process. A prefilter draws larger particles before the HEPA filter captures the rest of smaller irritants. Then, a charcoal filter eradicates odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System is compatible with all HVAC brands and easily integrates with your smart home. It fights the three major types 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, such as mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also potent at removing or eliminating 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, as the result of laboratory and field studies, it removes and eliminates approximately 50% of residential odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S is equipped with sensing features that make it uncomplicated to maintain. When used with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll be notified when 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 fit your needs. This rating calculates how good filters are at removing contaminants. The greater the number, the finer 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, as 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 great for homes who desire improved protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter traps 99% of larger particles including 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 a great 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 finer ones down to 0.3 microns.4 It’s able to provide this powerful filtration without running up the price of operating your heating and cooling system.
These three media air cleaners can be used with any brand of HVAC system. However, it’s important to be aware that some of the denser 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 to blame when you get a painful sunburn. But this kind of light has a helpful application when placed in your ductwork. It’s also powerful enough to decrease germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In actuality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can reduce the concentration of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as short as 45 minutes.5 This light destroys cell structure, which stops these microorganisms from growing and infiltrating throughout your residence.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your home comfort system clean and running properly. It eliminates of germs, mold and fungi lurking inside ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier does all these things without producing lung-inflaming ozone.6
Breathe Easier with the Assistance of Our Air Purification Specialists
Your household’s comfort and health is our top priority at Comfort Zone Inc. We know there are many options out there. That’s why we make it uncomplicated to partner with our indoor air quality pros. We specialize in creating solutions that fit your needs and budget, and we’d love to learn more about your house and your air quality problems. Call us at 239-214-0411 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.