If you have a newly built residence in Phoenix, it was likely built with energy efficiency in mind. This means greater amounts of insulation and windows and doors with improved seals. While these advances are fantastic for keeping your heating and cooling expenses economical, they’re not so fantastic for your indoor air quality.
Your heating and cooling system needs to operate with a filter. But if you have a flat filter, you won’t be experiencing ample filtration. This type only provides the lowest level of protection by stopping dust from getting into your home comfort system.
While you can upgrade to a pleated filter or one with a higher MERV rating, it still might not be enough filtration, even more so if someone in your home has allergies or other respiratory issues.
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 residence. Depending on the kind you go with, you’ll be able to filter 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, delivers the best filtration. These filters were first developed to defend scientists as they developed the atomic bomb. Today, they’re a staple in hospitals and other medical settings.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration method. A prefilter attracts bigger particles before the HEPA filter captures the remainder of miniscule pollutants. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System is compatible with all HVAC brands and smoothly links to with your smart home. It reduces the three key types of indoor air irritants:
- Airborne particles
- Chemical odors and vapors
- Germs and bacteria, under certain airflow conditions
This air purifier can eliminate 99.9%* of pollutants, including mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also potent at reducing or eradicating 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, as the result of laboratory and field studies, it decreases and eradicates approximately 50% of household odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S comes with sensing features that make it easy to serviced. When linked with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll receive an alert to change the filter and UVA light.2 This home air purifier must be used with communicating Lennox systems and the iComfort S30.
2. Media Air Cleaners
Lennox Healthy Climate® Media Air Cleaners come in 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 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, because it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-grade filtration. And it eliminates more than 95%3 of irritating particles from your house’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is recommended for families who are looking for 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 an excellent 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 finer ones down to 0.3 microns.4 It’s able to deliver this effective filtration without increasing the cost of turning on your HVAC system.
These three media air cleaners are compatible with any brand of HVAC system. Regardless, it’s critical to realize that some of the denser ones, such as MERV 16 and 13, may restrict your system’s airflow. This can increase your utility expenses.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the reason why you get a painful sunburn. But this kind of light has a helpful application when placed in 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 decrease the concentration of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as fast as 45 minutes.5 This light wrecks cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from flourishing and moving around your residence.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your HVAC system clean and working like it should. It takes care of germs, mold and fungi hiding within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier accomplishes all these things without making lung-inflaming ozone.6
Breathe Better with the Support of Our Air Purification Pros
Your loved ones’ comfort and health is our top priority at Integrity AC & Heating LLC. We are aware there are lots of possibilities out there. That’s why we make it simple to partner with our indoor air quality pros. We specialize in creating solutions that match your needs and budget, and we’d love to find out more about your residence and your air quality challenges. Give us a call at 602-971-0567 now 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.