If you own a newly constructed house in Temple/Belton, it was probably constructed with energy efficiency at the top of the list. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with improved seals. While these enhancements are fantastic for keeping your energy bill affordable, they’re not so great for your indoor air quality.
Your home comfort system needs to operate with a filter. But if you rely on a flat filter, you won’t be experiencing enough filtration. This type only gives the lowest level of protection by stopping dust from getting into your HVAC system.
While you can get a pleated filter or one with a increased MERV rating, it still might not be adequate filtration, particularly if someone in your house has allergies or other respiratory issues.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a great solution. These systems are placed within ductwork to give strong filtration throughout your house. Depending on the kind you choose, you’ll be able to filter allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our favorite 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, delivers the best filtration. These filters were first developed to defend scientists as they developed the atomic bomb. Today, they’re a staple in hospitals and other medical operations.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System has a three-step filtration process. A prefilter catches significant irritants before the HEPA filter traps remaining tiny irritants. Then, a charcoal filter takes care of odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System is compatible with all HVAC brands and easily integrates with your smart home. It combats the three major varieties of indoor air irritants:
- 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 capable of reducing or eliminating 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, based on laboratory and field studies, it decreases and eliminates approximately 50% of your home’s odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S is equipped with sensing features that make it uncomplicated to serviced. When paired with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll be notified when to change 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 match your needs. This rating calculates how effective filters are at removing 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, because it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-grade filtration. And it eliminates more than 95%3 of unhealthy particles from your residence’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is suggested for families who are looking for enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter captures 99% of larger particles like 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 an excellent air purifier for allergies and in homes 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 powerful filtration without running up the bill for turning on your heating and cooling system.
These three media air cleaners are compatible with any brand of HVAC system. Regardless, it’s important to know that some of the denser ones, like MERV 16 and 13, may restrict your system’s airflow. This can inflate your energy expenses.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to blame when you get a blistering sunburn. But this kind of light has a helpful application when installed in your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to decrease germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In actuality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can reduce the number of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as short as 45 minutes.5 This light wrecks cell structure, which prohibits these microorganisms from multiplying and moving across your residence.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your HVAC system clean and running efficiently. It wipes out of germs, mold and fungi lurking within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier achieves all this work without making lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Easier with the Help of Our Air Purification Pros
Your family’s comfort and health is important to us at Bell Air Conditioning Inc. We know there are a lot of solutions out there. That’s why we make it easy to partner with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in developing solutions that meet your needs and budget, and we’d love to hear more about your residence and your air quality issues. Reach us at 254-307-9572 now 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.