If you have a newer residence in Lake Forest, it was in all likelihood built with energy efficiency as a priority. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with better seals. While these enhancements are good for keeping your heating and cooling costs reasonable, they’re not so good for your indoor air quality.
Your HVAC system needs to operate with a filter. But if you’re using a flat filter, you won’t be getting adequate filtration. This model only gives the lowest level of protection by blocking dust from infiltrating your home comfort system.
While you can upgrade to a pleated filter or one with a better MERV rating, it still might not be enough filtration, even more so if someone in your residence 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 give mighty filtration throughout your house. Depending on the kind you choose, you’ll be able to get rid of allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our favorite styles 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 the best filtration. These filters were first developed to protect scientists as they developed the atomic bomb. Today, they’re essential in hospitals and other medical buildings.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration procedure. A prefilter draws larger pollutants before the HEPA filter catches the rest of tiny irritants. Then, a charcoal filter eradicates odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System is compatible with all HVAC brands and easily connects with with your smart home. It reduces the three leading types 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, like mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also potent at reducing or destroying 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, according to laboratory and field studies, it reduces and eradicates approximately 50% of household odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S is equipped with sensing features that make it simple to maintain. When paired 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 linked with communicating Lennox systems and the iComfort S30.
2. Media Air Cleaners
Lennox Healthy Climate® Media Air Cleaners are made in a variety of MERV ratings to work with your needs. This rating measures how effective filters are at removing contaminants. The better the number, the finer the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is great for residences with allergy suffers and pets. This is a HEPA filter air purifier, since it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-grade filtration. And it eliminates more than 95%3 of unhealthy particles from your home’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is great for households who want stronger protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter captures 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 an excellent air purifier for allergies and in homes with pets. It catches 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 deliver this effective filtration without increasing the bill for using your home comfort system.
These three media air cleaners can be used with any brand of HVAC system. However, it’s important to be aware that some of the more substantial ones, like MERV 16 and 13, may limit your system’s airflow. This can hike up your utility bills.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the reason why you get a blistering sunburn. But this wavelength of light has a useful application when placed inside your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to eliminate germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In reality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can lower the number of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as quickly as 45 minutes.5 This light damages cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from multiplying and spreading around your residence.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your home comfort system clean and running like it should. It wipes out of germs, mold and fungi that are hidden within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier does all these tasks without developing lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Easier with the Help of Our Air Purification Professionals
Your family’s comfort and health is important to us at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. We are aware there are a lot of possibilities out there. That’s why we make it simple to partner with our indoor air quality specialists. We specialize in making solutions tailored to your needs and budget, and we’d love to learn more about your residence and your air quality problems. Reach us at 949-204-0859 now to start the process.
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.