If you live in a newer residence in Odessa, it was in all likelihood built with energy efficiency at the top of the list. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with better seals. While these enhancements are great for keeping your energy costs affordable, they’re not so excellent for your indoor air quality.
Your heating and cooling system needs to work with a filter. But if you install a flat filter, you won’t be getting adequate filtration. This model only provides the bare minimum of protection by blocking dust from infiltrating your HVAC system.
While you can install a pleated filter or one with a better MERV rating, it still might not be ample filtration, particularly if someone in your residence has allergies or other respiratory troubles.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier comes in. These systems are placed within ductwork to give powerful filtration throughout your house. 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 systems 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 top-of-the-line filtration. These filters were first developed to shield scientists as they worked on the atomic bomb. Today, they’re necessary in hospitals and other medical facilities.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System has a three-step filtration procedure. A prefilter attracts significant pollutants before the HEPA filter traps remaining miniscule irritants. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System connects to all HVAC brands and seamlessly connects with with your smart home. It fights the three key varieties of indoor air contaminants:
- 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 effective at reducing or destroying 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 is equipped with sensing features that make it easy to keep up. 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 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 work with your needs. This rating calculates how capable filters are at removing contaminants. The greater the number, the finer the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is great for residences with allergy suffers and pets. This is a HEPA filter air purifier, since it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-grade filtration. And it gets rid of more than 95%3 of unhealthy particles from your residence’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is recommended for homes who are seeking enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter catches 99% of larger particles like 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 great air purifier for allergies and in residences with pets. It catches 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 effective filtration without driving up the cost of operating your home comfort system.
These three media air cleaners are compatible with any brand of HVAC system. However, it’s essential to know that some of the thicker ones, such as MERV 16 and 13, may restrict your system’s airflow. This can hike up your utility costs.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the reason why you get a stinging sunburn. But this type of light has a useful application when placed inside your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to reduce germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In fact, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can decrease the number of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as quickly as 45 minutes.5 This light damages cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from flourishing and moving around your home.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your HVAC system clean and operating like it should. It eliminates of germs, mold and fungi lurking in ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier accomplishes all this work without producing lung-inflaming ozone.6
Breathe Easier with the Support of Our Air Purification Professionals
Your loved ones’ comfort and health is our top priority at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning. We know there are lots of options out there. That’s why we make it simple to collaborate with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in developing solutions tailored to your needs and budget, and we’d love to find out more about your house and your air quality problems. Call us at 432-237-0168 right away 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.