If you own a newer house in Norco and St. Charles Parish, it was probably built with energy efficiency as a priority. This means more insulation and windows and doors with improved seals. While these enhancements are good for keeping your heating and cooling costs economical, they’re not so great for your indoor air quality.
Your home comfort system needs to operate with a filter. But if you have a flat filter, you won’t be experiencing adequate filtration. This model only delivers the lowest level of protection by stopping dust from getting into your heating and cooling system.
While you can install a pleated filter or one with a better MERV rating, it still might not be adequate filtration, even more so if someone in your residence has allergies or other respiratory troubles.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier comes in. These systems are installed within ductwork to deliver effective filtration around your home. Depending on the kind you go with, you’ll be able to filter allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our best 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 premium filtration. These filters were first made to protect scientists as they created the atomic bomb. Today, they’re essential in hospitals and other medical settings.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System has a three-step filtration procedure. A prefilter catches significant particles before the HEPA filter traps the remainder of tiny pollutants. 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 works with with your smart home. It combats the three leading types 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 reducing or eliminating 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, based on laboratory and field studies, it removes and eliminates approximately 50% of household odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S includes sensing features that make it uncomplicated to maintain. When used with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll get a notification to change the filter and UVA light.2 This home air purifier must be linked with communicating Lennox systems and the iComfort S30.
2. Media Air Cleaners
Lennox Healthy Climate® Media Air Cleaners come in in a variety of MERV ratings to fit your needs. This rating determines how good filters are at capturing contaminants. The greater the number, the greater the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is recommended for households with allergy suffers and pets. This is a HEPA filter air purifier, as it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-level filtration. And it gets rid of more than 95%3 of irritating particles from your residence’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is recommended for households who want improved protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter traps 99% of larger particles including dust, pollen and lint. And up to 54% of miniscule 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 removes 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 driving up the cost of using your home comfort 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, such as MERV 16 and 13, may decrease your system’s airflow. This can inflate your utility costs.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the fault of you get a blistering sunburn. But this kind of light has a helpful application when installed within 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 short as 45 minutes.5 This light damages cell structure, which prohibits these microorganisms from growing and infiltrating around your home.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your heating and cooling system clean and operating like it should. It eliminates of germs, mold and fungi that are hidden in ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier achieves all this work without developing lung-irritating ozone.6
Breathe Healthier Air with the Assistance of Our Air Purification Specialists
Your family’s comfort and health is our top priority at Mayeuxs AC & Heating. We realize there are a lot of options out there. That’s why we make it easy to partner with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in recommending solutions that match your needs and budget, and we’d love to find out more about your residence and your air quality problems. Reach us at (985) 764-2426 now 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.