If you have a newly built house in Newark, it was likely built with energy efficiency as a priority. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with improved seals. While these enhancements are fantastic for keeping your energy expenses reasonable, they’re not so fantastic for your indoor air quality.
Your HVAC system needs to operate with a filter. But if you rely on a flat filter, you won’t be getting enough filtration. This style only delivers the bare minimum of protection by blocking dust from infiltrating your heating and cooling system.
While you can get a pleated filter or one with a higher MERV rating, it still might not be ample filtration, especially if someone in your house has allergies or other respiratory issues.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a good option. These systems are attached within ductwork to provide effective filtration throughout your residence. 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 top 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, gives premium filtration. These filters were first developed to shield scientists as they developed the atomic bomb. Today, they’re must-have in hospitals and other medical facilities.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration procedure. A prefilter draws larger pollutants before the HEPA filter catches the rest of tiny particles. Then, a charcoal filter eradicates 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 combats 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 remove 99.9%* of pollutants, like 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 eliminates approximately 50% of household odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S is equipped with sensing features that make it uncomplicated to keep up. When linked with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll be notified when 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 made in a variety of MERV ratings to fit your needs. This rating measures how effective filters are at trapping contaminants. The better 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, because it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-strength 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 homes who are looking for stronger protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter traps 99% of larger particles such as 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 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 provide this powerful filtration without increasing the bill for operating your HVAC system.
These three media air cleaners are compatible with any brand of HVAC system. However, 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 utility bills.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the fault of you get a stinging sunburn. But this wavelength of light has a helpful application when concealed inside your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to eliminate germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In actuality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can reduce the amount of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as fast as 45 minutes.5 This light wrecks cell structure, which stops these microorganisms from growing and moving throughout your home.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your home comfort system clean and operating properly. 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 tasks without producing lung-inflaming ozone.6
Breathe Better with the Help of Our Air Purification Pros
Your family’s comfort and health matters to us at Luikart Heating & Cooling. We are aware there are lots of options out there. That’s why we make it easy to collaborate with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in creating solutions that fit your needs and budget, and we’d love to find out more about your home and your air quality challenges. Call us at 740-200-5591 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.