If you own a newer residence in Cape Coral, it was in all likelihood constructed with energy efficiency as a priority. This means more insulation and windows and doors with improved seals. While these improvements are fantastic for keeping your energy expenses in check, 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 model only delivers the bare minimum of protection by stopping dust from getting into your home comfort system.
While you can install a pleated filter or one with a better MERV rating, it still might not be enough filtration, especially 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 placed within ductwork to provide effective filtration around your house. 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 systems 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 premium filtration. These filters were first made to shield scientists as they developed the atomic bomb. Today, they’re a staple in hospitals and other medical facilities.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration method. A prefilter draws larger particles before the HEPA filter catches remaining smaller pollutants. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System connects to all HVAC brands and smoothly works with your smart home. It reduces the three major kinds of indoor air pollutants:
- Airborne particles
- Chemical odors and vapors
- Germs and bacteria, under certain airflow conditions
This air purifier can get rid of 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 residential odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S is equipped with sensing features that make it easy to keep up. When linked with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll get a notification to replace the 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 available in a variety of MERV ratings to fit your needs. This rating calculates how good filters are at removing contaminants. The better the number, the better 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, as it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-level filtration. And it removes more than 95%3 of irritating particles from your residence’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is recommended for homes who are seeking improved protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter catches 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 fantastic air purifier for allergies and in homes with pets. It removes 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 effective filtration without driving up the price of 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 essential to be aware that some of the thicker ones, such as MERV 16 and 13, may restrict your system’s airflow. This can inflate your energy expenses.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are the fault of why you get a painful sunburn. But this kind of light has a helpful application when installed within your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to reduce germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In actuality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can reduce the amount of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as fast as 45 minutes.5 This light destroys cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from multiplying and infiltrating across your house.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your HVAC system clean and operating like it should. It takes care of germs, mold and fungi that are hidden within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier accomplishes all this work without creating lung-inflaming ozone.6
Breathe Healthier Air with the Assistance of Our Air Purification Pros
Your family’s comfort and health is our top priority at Comfort Zone, LLC. We know there are lots of possibilities out there. That’s why we make it easy to collaborate with our indoor air quality pros. We specialize in developing solutions tailored to your needs and budget, and we’d love to learn more about your house and your air quality challenges. Reach us at 239-214-0411 right away to begin.
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.