If you have a newer residence in Milledgeville and Middle Georgia, it was likely made with energy efficiency in mind. This means more insulation and windows and doors with improved seals. While these advances are great for keeping your utility costs under control, they’re not so great for your indoor air quality.
Your home comfort system needs to run with a filter. But if you have a flat filter, you won’t be experiencing ample filtration. This type only gives the smallest amount of protection by stopping dust from getting into your home comfort system.
While you can get a pleated filter or one with a higher MERV rating, it still might not be enough filtration, particularly if someone in your home has allergies or other respiratory issues.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier comes in. These systems are installed within ductwork to provide mighty filtration across your residence. Depending on the model you go with, you’ll be able to remove allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our favorite 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, delivers the best filtration. These filters were first developed to defend scientists as they developed the atomic bomb. Today, they’re a must-have in hospitals and other medical applications.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration method. A prefilter catches larger pollutants before the HEPA filter traps the rest of smaller irritants. Then, a charcoal filter eradicates 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 kinds of indoor air contaminants:
- Airborne particles
- Chemical odors and vapors
- Germs and bacteria, under certain airflow conditions
This air purifier can get rid of 99.9%* of pollutants, such as mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also capable of removing or eradicating 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, according to laboratory and field studies, it removes and destroys approximately 50% of household odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S includes sensing features that make it simple to service. 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 installed 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 match your needs. This rating measures how effective filters are at capturing contaminants. The better the number, the better the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is great for homes with allergy suffers and pets. This is a HEPA filter air purifier, as it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-grade filtration. And it eliminates more than 95%3 of irritating particles from your residence’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is great for families who are seeking enhanced 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 a fantastic 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 finer ones down to 0.3 microns.4 It’s able to provide this strong filtration without running up the price of turning on your HVAC system.
These three media air cleaners can be used with any brand of HVAC system. Regardless, it’s critical to be aware that some of the more substantial ones, including MERV 16 and 13, may decrease your system’s airflow. This can hike up your energy expenses.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to blame when you get a blistering sunburn. But this type of light has a beneficial application when concealed in your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to decrease germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In fact, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can reduce the number of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as fast as 45 minutes.5 This light destroys cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from multiplying and spreading across your residence.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your home comfort system clean and working properly. It wipes out of germs, mold and fungi lurking inside ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier accomplishes all these tasks without developing lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Better with the Assistance of Our Air Purification Pros
Your family’s comfort and health is important to us at Air Concepts of Middle Georgia. We are aware there are a lot of options out there. That’s why we make it easy to work with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in making solutions that match your needs and budget, and we’d love to learn more about your home and your air quality problems. Call us at 478-200-5689 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.