If you own a newly constructed house in Naples, it was in all likelihood constructed 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 energy expenses under control, they’re not so excellent 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 receiving ample filtration. This style only gives the lowest level of protection by keeping dust out of your heating and cooling system.
While you can upgrade to a pleated filter or one with a better MERV rating, it still might not be adequate filtration, even more so if someone in your house has allergies or other respiratory troubles.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a good option. These systems are placed within ductwork to provide mighty filtration throughout your home. Depending on the model you choose, you’ll be able to remove 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, gives top-of-the-line filtration. These filters were first made to guard scientists as they worked on the atomic bomb. Today, they’re a staple in hospitals and other medical buildings.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System has a three-step filtration process. A prefilter draws bigger pollutants before the HEPA filter captures remaining miniscule irritants. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System connects to all HVAC brands and easily links to your smart home. It combats the three major 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 removing or eliminating 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, as the result of laboratory and field studies, it decreases and destroys approximately 50% of your home’s odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S comes with sensing features that make it easy to keep up. When paired with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll get a notification 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 come in in a variety of MERV ratings to work with your needs. This rating determines how capable filters are at trapping contaminants. The better the number, the finer the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is recommended for families with allergy suffers and pets. This is a HEPA filter air purifier, as it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-level filtration. And it eliminates more than 95%3 of aggravating particles from your home’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is recommended for families who are seeking stronger protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter captures 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 residences with pets. It traps 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 driving up 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 essential to know that some of the thicker ones, such as MERV 16 and 13, may decrease your system’s airflow. This can hike up your heating and cooling bills.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are the fault of why you get a stinging sunburn. But this wavelength of light has a helpful application when concealed within your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to reduce germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In fact, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can decrease the number of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as quickly as 45 minutes.5 This light damages cell structure, which stops these microorganisms from growing and infiltrating around your house.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your HVAC system clean and operating properly. It wipes out of germs, mold and fungi hiding in ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier accomplishes all these tasks without creating lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Better with the Help of Our Air Purification Pros
Your loved ones’ comfort and health matters to us at Speedy Air Conditioning. We are aware there are a lot of solutions out there. That’s why we make it simple to partner with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in making solutions tailored to your needs and budget, and we’d love to learn more about your house and your air quality problems. Give us a call at 239-244-3439 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.