If you own a newly built residence in Delray Beach, it was in all likelihood made with energy efficiency at the top of the list. This means greater amounts of insulation and windows and doors with improved seals. While these enhancements are good for keeping your utility expenses in check, they’re not so excellent for your indoor air quality.
Your home comfort system needs to work with a filter. But if you install a flat filter, you won’t be receiving enough filtration. This model only provides the bare minimum of protection by blocking dust from infiltrating your home comfort system.
While you can upgrade to a pleated filter or one with a higher MERV rating, it still might not be adequate filtration, even more so if someone in your home has allergies or other respiratory problems.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a great solution. These systems are attached within ductwork to deliver mighty filtration throughout your house. Depending on the type you select, you’ll be able to get rid of allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our top 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 top-of-the-line filtration. These filters were first created to guard scientists as they worked on the atomic bomb. Today, they’re essential in hospitals and other medical applications.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System includes a three-step filtration process. A prefilter draws larger pollutants before the HEPA filter traps the rest of smaller particles. Then, a charcoal filter eradicates odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System is compatible with all HVAC brands and seamlessly works with with your smart home. It reduces the three major types of indoor air irritants:
- Airborne particles
- Chemical odors and vapors
- Germs and bacteria, under certain airflow conditions
This air purifier can remove 99.9%* of pollutants, including mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also potent at decreasing or eliminating 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, according to laboratory and field studies, it decreases and eliminates approximately 50% of residential odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S includes sensing features that make it uncomplicated to keep up. When used with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll receive an alert 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 come in in a variety of MERV ratings to work with your needs. This rating determines how capable filters are at removing 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 removes more than 95%3 of unhealthy particles from your house’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is great for homes who are looking for better protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter traps 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 houses with pets. It eliminates more than 87% of bigger particles down to 3 microns and more than 28% of smaller ones down to 0.3 microns.4 It’s able to deliver this strong filtration without driving up the price of using your heating and cooling system.
These three media air cleaners work with any brand of HVAC system. But despite that, it’s essential to know that some of the denser ones, including MERV 16 and 13, may limit your system’s airflow. This can hike up your utility bills.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the reason why you get a painful sunburn. But this wavelength of light has a helpful application when installed in your ductwork. It’s also powerful enough to eliminate germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In fact, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can reduce the amount of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as little as 45 minutes.5 This light wrecks cell structure, which prohibits these microorganisms from growing and moving across your home.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your home comfort system clean and working properly. It eliminates of germs, mold and fungi that are hidden inside ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier does all these tasks without creating lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Better with the Help of Our Air Purification Professionals
Your household’s comfort and health matters to us at Kilbourne Heating & AC. 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 recommending solutions that match your needs and budget, and we’d love to hear more about your residence and your air quality challenges. Give us a call at 561-287-7071 right away 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.