If you have a newly constructed residence in St. Cloud, it was in all likelihood built with energy efficiency as a priority. This means more insulation and windows and doors with better seals. While these advances are good for keeping your utility expenses affordable, they’re not so excellent for your indoor air quality.
Your home comfort system needs to run with a filter. But if you install a flat filter, you won’t be experiencing adequate filtration. This type only provides the bare minimum of protection by keeping dust out of your home comfort system.
While you can get 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 installed within ductwork to deliver effective filtration across your residence. Depending on the model you select, you’ll be able to filter allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our favorite styles 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, provides premium filtration. These filters were first developed to guard scientists as they developed 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 process. A prefilter catches bigger irritants before the HEPA filter traps the rest of smaller particles. Then, a charcoal filter takes care of odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System connects to all HVAC brands and smoothly links to with your smart home. It combats the three major varieties of indoor air pollutants:
- 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 potent at reducing or destroying 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, based on laboratory and field studies, it reduces and destroys approximately 50% of residential odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S is equipped with sensing features that make it uncomplicated to serviced. When used with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll be notified when 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 work with your needs. This rating determines how good filters are at removing contaminants. The better 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, as it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-grade filtration. And it removes more than 95%3 of irritating particles from your house’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is great 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 a great air purifier for allergies and in houses 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 deliver this powerful filtration without increasing the price of using your home comfort system.
These three media air cleaners are compatible with any brand of HVAC system. Regardless, it’s essential to be aware that some of the thicker ones, like MERV 16 and 13, may restrict your system’s airflow. This can hike up your energy 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 beneficial application when placed within your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to eliminate 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 wrecks cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from growing and spreading around your home.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your HVAC system clean and running properly. It takes care of germs, mold and fungi that are hidden inside ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier does all these things without developing lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Healthier Air with the Assistance of Our Air Purification Professionals
Your loved ones’ comfort and health is important to us at Osceola Air, LLC. We know there are lots of options out there. That’s why we make it simple to work with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in developing solutions that meet your needs and budget, and we’d love to find out more about your home and your air quality issues. Give us a call at 407-477-6319 today to start the process.
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.