If you have a newly constructed residence in Plover, it was probably constructed with energy efficiency as a priority. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with improved seals. While these improvements are excellent for keeping your energy costs under control, they’re not so good for your indoor air quality.
Your heating and cooling system needs to work with a filter. But if you’re using a flat filter, you won’t be getting adequate filtration. This type only gives the smallest amount of protection by blocking dust from infiltrating 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 troubles.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a great solution. These systems are placed within ductwork to provide strong filtration across your house. Depending on the type you choose, you’ll be able to get rid of allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our top 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, gives top-of-the-line filtration. These filters were first created to defend scientists as they worked on the atomic bomb. Today, they’re necessary in hospitals and other medical facilities.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration process. A prefilter attracts significant irritants before the HEPA filter catches the rest of smaller pollutants. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System is compatible with all HVAC brands and easily integrates with your smart home. It reduces 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, like mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also potent at removing or destroying 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, according to laboratory and field studies, it reduces and eliminates 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 linked 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 used 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 calculates how capable filters are at capturing contaminants. The better the number, the finer the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is great for households with allergy suffers and pets. This is a HEPA filter air purifier, since it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-strength filtration. And it removes more than 95%3 of aggravating particles from your home’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is great for families who are seeking improved protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter removes 99% of larger particles such as 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 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 finer ones down to 0.3 microns.4 It’s able to offer this powerful filtration without running up the price of turning on your heating and cooling system.
These three media air cleaners can be used with any brand of HVAC system. Regardless, it’s essential to know that some of the denser ones, including MERV 16 and 13, may restrict your system’s airflow. This can inflate your heating and cooling bills.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to blame when you get a painful sunburn. But this wavelength of light has a useful application when concealed inside your ductwork. It’s also tough enough to reduce germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In actuality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can decrease the number of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as fast as 45 minutes.5 This light damages cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from flourishing and moving throughout your home.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your home comfort system clean and working efficiently. It takes care of germs, mold and fungi that are hidden in ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier achieves all this work without creating lung-irritating ozone.6
Breathe Healthier Air with the Support of Our Air Purification Professionals
Your household’s comfort and health matters to us at Point Heating & Cooling. We know there are lots of possibilities out there. That’s why we make it easy to collaborate with our indoor air quality specialists. We specialize in developing solutions that meet your needs and budget, and we’d love to learn more about your house and your air quality challenges. Call us at 715-504-0533 today 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.