If you have a newly constructed home in Huntsville, it was in all likelihood made with energy efficiency as a priority. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with enhanced seals. While these improvements are good for keeping your heating and cooling bills under control, they’re not so good for your indoor air quality.
Your HVAC system needs to work with a filter. But if you have a flat filter, you won’t be getting adequate filtration. This type only provides the bare minimum of protection by keeping dust out of your heating and cooling 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 issues.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a good option. These systems are placed within ductwork to provide strong filtration throughout 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 top 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, delivers the best filtration. These filters were first created to protect scientists as they made the atomic bomb. Today, they’re a staple in hospitals and other medical applications.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration method. A prefilter catches larger pollutants before the HEPA filter catches the rest of tiny particles. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System works with all HVAC brands and seamlessly works with your smart home. It fights the three major varieties 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, like mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also effective 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 reduces and eradicates approximately 50% of residential odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S includes sensing features that make it simple to maintain. When paired with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll be notified when 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 come in in a variety of MERV ratings to fit your needs. This rating determines how effective filters are at trapping contaminants. The better 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, as it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-strength filtration. And it removes more than 95%3 of irritating particles from your home’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is suggested for families who want better protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter catches 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 a great air purifier for allergies and in houses with pets. It removes 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 offer this strong filtration without increasing 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 realize that some of the thicker ones, like 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 stinging sunburn. But this kind of light has a beneficial application when placed inside your ductwork. It’s also powerful enough to reduce germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In fact, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can lower the amount of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as short as 45 minutes.5 This light wrecks cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from flourishing and spreading throughout your house.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your home comfort system clean and running efficiently. It eliminates of germs, mold and fungi lurking within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier does all this work without creating lung-inflaming ozone.6
Breathe Better with the Help of Our Air Purification Professionals
Your household’s comfort and health is important to us at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. We are aware there are a lot of possibilities out there. That’s why we make it simple to collaborate with our indoor air quality pros. We specialize in making solutions tailored to your needs and budget, and we’d love to learn more about your home and your air quality problems. Give us a call at 256-801-4701 today 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.