If you have a newly built residence in Lexington, it was in all likelihood constructed with energy efficiency as a priority. This means more insulation and windows and doors with better seals. While these enhancements are fantastic for keeping your heating and cooling expenses reasonable, they’re not so great for your indoor air quality.
Your home comfort system needs to operate with a filter. But if you rely on a flat filter, you won’t be experiencing adequate filtration. This type only delivers the bare minimum of protection by stopping dust from getting into your home comfort 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 residence has allergies or other respiratory troubles.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier comes in. These systems are placed within ductwork to provide mighty filtration across your residence. Depending on the model 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 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, gives the best filtration. These filters were first created to protect scientists as they developed the atomic bomb. Today, they’re must-have in hospitals and other medical facilities.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System includes a three-step filtration process. A prefilter draws significant pollutants before the HEPA filter captures the rest of smaller particles. Then, a charcoal filter takes care of odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System connects to all HVAC brands and smoothly links to with your smart home. It fights 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 eliminate 99.9%* of pollutants, such as mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also potent at decreasing or eradicating 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, according to laboratory and field studies, it decreases and eliminates approximately 50% of your home’s odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S includes sensing features that make it easy to maintain. 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 linked 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 work with your needs. This rating measures how capable filters are at removing contaminants. The higher 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, since it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-level filtration. And it gets rid of more than 95%3 of irritating particles from your home’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is recommended for households who are seeking enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter removes 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 an excellent air purifier for allergies and in homes with pets. It eliminates 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 provide this powerful filtration without driving up the bill for operating your home comfort system.
These three media air cleaners work with any brand of HVAC system. However, it’s critical to realize that some of the denser ones, like 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 to the reason why you get a blistering sunburn. But this kind of light has a helpful application when placed in your ductwork. It’s also strong 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 prohibits these microorganisms from multiplying and spreading around your home.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your heating and cooling system clean and running like it should. It takes care of germs, mold and fungi lurking within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier does all these tasks without developing lung-irritating ozone.6
Breathe Healthier Air with the Assistance of Our Air Purification Pros
Your loved ones’ comfort and health is important to us at James Heating & A/C, Inc. We are aware there are a lot of options out there. That’s why we make it uncomplicated to partner with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in creating solutions tailored to your needs and budget, and we’d love to hear more about your home and your air quality challenges. Reach us at 336-853-6070 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.