If you have a newer home in Manassas, it was probably made with energy efficiency in mind. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with enhanced seals. While these improvements are excellent for keeping your utility costs reasonable, they’re not so excellent for your indoor air quality.
Your heating and cooling system needs to operate with a filter. But if you rely on a flat filter, you won’t be getting ample filtration. This model only delivers the smallest amount of protection by stopping dust from getting into your heating and cooling system.
While you can install a pleated filter or one with a increased MERV rating, it still might not be adequate filtration, especially if someone in your residence has allergies or other respiratory issues.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier comes in. These systems are placed within ductwork to give powerful filtration throughout your home. Depending on the model you go with, you’ll be able to filter allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our best 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 premium filtration. These filters were first developed to protect scientists as they worked on the atomic bomb. Today, they’re essential in hospitals and other medical settings.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System includes a three-step filtration process. A prefilter attracts significant particles before the HEPA filter catches the remainder of smaller particles. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System is compatible with all HVAC brands and easily links to with your smart home. It reduces 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 eliminate 99.9%* of pollutants, such as mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also potent at removing or eradicating 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, based on laboratory and field studies, it removes and eliminates approximately 50% of household odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S comes with sensing features that make it uncomplicated to maintain. When linked with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll be notified when to change 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 work with your needs. This rating determines how effective filters are at trapping 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, 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 residence’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is recommended for households who want better protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter catches 99% of larger particles including dust, pollen and lint. And up to 54% of finer particles down to 0.3 microns.4
The Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner is a a great air purifier for allergies and in residences with pets. It removes 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 deliver this strong filtration without increasing the price of operating your HVAC 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 more substantial ones, including MERV 16 and 13, may decrease your system’s airflow. This can inflate your energy bills.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to blame when you get a stinging sunburn. But this type of light has a beneficial application when placed in your ductwork. It’s also tough enough to decrease germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In fact, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can reduce the number of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as quickly as 45 minutes.5 This light wrecks cell structure, which stops these microorganisms from multiplying and moving throughout your home.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your home comfort system clean and operating efficiently. It wipes out of germs, mold and fungi lurking in ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier achieves all this work without making lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Better with the Support of Our Air Purification Professionals
Your family’s comfort and health matters to us at Air-Right Energy Design, Inc.. We realize there are many possibilities out there. That’s why we make it easy to work with our indoor air quality pros. We specialize in developing solutions that match your needs and budget, and we’d love to hear more about your residence and your air quality challenges. Give us a call at 703-260-1148 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.