If you own a newly constructed home in Auburn, it was likely built with energy efficiency as a priority. This means more insulation and windows and doors with better seals. While these enhancements are fantastic for keeping your heating and cooling bill economical, they’re not so good for your indoor air quality.
Your home comfort system needs to run with a filter. But if you’re using a flat filter, you won’t be experiencing ample filtration. This style only gives the lowest level of protection by blocking dust from infiltrating your home comfort system.
While you can get a pleated filter or one with a better MERV rating, it still might not be adequate filtration, especially if someone in your home has allergies or other respiratory problems.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a great solution. These systems are installed within ductwork to deliver strong filtration throughout your residence. Depending on the model you choose, you’ll be able to filter allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our top options 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 premium filtration. These filters were first made to shield scientists as they worked on the atomic bomb. Today, they’re a staple in hospitals and other medical facilities.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration procedure. A prefilter draws larger particles before the HEPA filter traps remaining tiny pollutants. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System is compatible with all HVAC brands and seamlessly connects with with your smart home. It reduces the three leading varieties 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, such as mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also effective at removing or destroying 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, as the result of laboratory and field studies, it removes and destroys approximately 50% of residential odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S is equipped with sensing features that make it simple to maintain. When used with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll receive an alert 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 available in a variety of MERV ratings to fit your needs. This rating determines how good filters are at removing contaminants. The higher 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, as it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-strength filtration. And it eliminates more than 95%3 of aggravating particles from your residence’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is recommended for households who want enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter traps 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 finer ones down to 0.3 microns.4 It’s able to offer this strong filtration without running up the cost of using your home comfort 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 limit your system’s airflow. This can increase your utility bills.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the reason why you get a stinging sunburn. But this wavelength of light has a beneficial application when installed within your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to reduce germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In reality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can decrease the amount of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as little as 45 minutes.5 This light damages cell structure, which prohibits these microorganisms from multiplying and spreading around your home.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your heating and cooling system clean and working properly. It takes care of germs, mold and fungi lurking within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier accomplishes all these things without producing lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Healthier Air with the Support of Our Air Purification Specialists
Your household’s comfort and health matters to us at Forster Heating. We are aware there are lots of solutions out there. That’s why we make it easy to partner with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in recommending solutions that match your needs and budget, and we’d love to find out more about your residence and your air quality problems. Reach us at 530-885-8081 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.