If you have a newer home in Central Point, it was likely built 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 great for keeping your utility bill economical, they’re not so good for your indoor air quality.
Your HVAC system needs to run with a filter. But if you install a flat filter, you won’t be receiving enough filtration. This kind only gives the smallest amount of protection by stopping dust from getting into your heating and cooling system.
While you can install a pleated filter or one with a increased MERV rating, it still might not be ample filtration, even more so if someone in your home has allergies or other respiratory troubles.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier comes in. These systems are placed within ductwork to give effective filtration across your house. Depending on the type you go with, you’ll be able to filter allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our favorite 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, provides the best filtration. These filters were first developed to defend scientists as they worked on the atomic bomb. Today, they’re essential in hospitals and other medical settings.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration procedure. A prefilter draws larger irritants before the HEPA filter catches the rest of tiny irritants. Then, a charcoal filter eradicates odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System is compatible with all HVAC brands and easily links to with your smart home. It reduces the three key varieties of indoor air pollutants:
- Airborne particles
- Chemical odors and vapors
- Germs and bacteria, under certain airflow conditions
This air purifier can eliminate 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, according to laboratory and field studies, it reduces and destroys approximately 50% of residential odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S comes with sensing features that make it uncomplicated to maintain. When used with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll receive an alert to replace the 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 effective filters are at trapping contaminants. The greater the number, the better the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is ideal for homes 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 aggravating particles from your home’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is great for households who want enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter catches 99% of larger particles such as 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 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 offer this strong filtration without running up the cost of operating your home comfort system.
These three media air cleaners are compatible with any brand of HVAC system. But despite that, it’s important to realize that some of the denser ones, including MERV 16 and 13, may decrease your system’s airflow. This can hike up your heating and cooling costs.
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 concealed in your ductwork. It’s also strong enough to decrease germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In fact, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can decrease the concentration of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as little as 45 minutes.5 This light destroys cell structure, which stops these microorganisms from flourishing and infiltrating around your house.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your HVAC system clean and working properly. It wipes out of germs, mold and fungi that are hidden within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier accomplishes all these things without creating lung-aggravating ozone.6
Breathe Better with the Support of Our Air Purification Pros
Your household’s comfort and health is our top priority at Titan Heating & Air Conditioning. We realize there are a lot of solutions out there. That’s why we make it easy to partner with our indoor air quality pros. We specialize in developing solutions that meet your needs and budget, and we’d love to find out more about your residence and your air quality problems. Give us a call at 541-286-6617 today 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.