If you live in a newly constructed home in Hudsonville, it was likely constructed with energy efficiency as a priority. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with better seals. While these improvements are great for keeping your energy bill affordable, they’re not so great for your indoor air quality.
Your heating and cooling system needs to operate with a filter. But if you’re using a flat filter, you won’t be receiving ample filtration. This style only provides the bare minimum of protection by blocking dust from infiltrating your home comfort system.
While you can install a pleated filter or one with a increased MERV rating, it still might not be ample 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 good option. These systems are placed within ductwork to provide mighty filtration around your residence. 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 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 the best filtration. These filters were first made to guard scientists as they worked on the atomic bomb. Today, they’re must-have in hospitals and other medical operations.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System has a three-step filtration method. A prefilter catches significant pollutants before the HEPA filter traps remaining tiny 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 connects with with your smart home. It fights the three key varieties of indoor air irritants:
- Airborne particles
- Chemical odors and vapors
- Germs and bacteria, under certain airflow conditions
This air purifier can remove 99.9%* of pollutants, like mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also effective at decreasing or destroying 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, based on laboratory and field studies, it reduces and eradicates approximately 50% of residential odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S includes sensing features that make it uncomplicated to maintain. When used with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll receive an alert to install a new 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 match your needs. This rating measures how good filters are at trapping contaminants. The greater the number, the greater the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is recommended for residences with allergy suffers and pets. This is a HEPA filter air purifier, because it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-level filtration. And it eliminates more than 95%3 of unhealthy particles from your residence’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is great for households who are seeking stronger protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter removes 99% of larger particles including dust, pollen and lint. And up to 54% of smaller particles down to 0.3 microns.4
The Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner is a a fantastic air purifier for allergies and in houses with pets. It removes 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 provide this strong filtration without driving up the price of turning on your home comfort system.
These three media air cleaners are compatible with any brand of HVAC system. However, it’s essential to be aware that some of the more substantial ones, such as MERV 16 and 13, may restrict your system’s airflow. This can inflate your utility costs.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the reason why you get a stinging sunburn. But this kind of light has a useful application when placed inside your ductwork. It’s also powerful enough to reduce germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In reality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can lower the amount of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as little as 45 minutes.5 This light damages cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from growing and infiltrating across your residence.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your home comfort system clean and working 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 achieves all these things without creating lung-inflaming ozone.6
Breathe Easier with the Support of Our Air Purification Specialists
Your family’s comfort and health matters to us at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services. We know there are many solutions out there. That’s why we make it uncomplicated to work with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in developing solutions that fit your needs and budget, and we’d love to find out more about your home and your air quality challenges. Give us a call at (616) 669-3961 right away 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.