If you own a newly constructed residence in Anchorage, it was in all likelihood constructed with energy efficiency as a priority. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with enhanced seals. While these advances are excellent for keeping your energy costs affordable, they’re not so excellent for your indoor air quality.
Your HVAC system needs to operate with a filter. But if you’re using a flat filter, you won’t be receiving adequate filtration. This type only gives the smallest amount of protection by blocking dust from infiltrating your HVAC system.
While you can install a pleated filter or one with a higher MERV rating, it still might not be enough filtration, even more so if someone in your home has allergies or other respiratory issues.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a great solution. These systems are attached within ductwork to give mighty filtration around your house. Depending on the kind you select, you’ll be able to get rid of allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our best 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, gives top-of-the-line filtration. These filters were first created to defend scientists as they worked on the atomic bomb. Today, they’re must-have in hospitals and other medical operations.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System has a three-step filtration procedure. A prefilter catches larger particles before the HEPA filter captures the remainder of miniscule pollutants. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System connects to all HVAC brands and smoothly connects 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 eliminate 99.9%* of pollutants, like mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also potent at removing or eliminating 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, as the result of laboratory and field studies, it removes and eliminates approximately 50% of your home’s odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S comes with sensing features that make it uncomplicated to maintain. When paired 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 installed 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 measures how good filters are at trapping contaminants. The higher 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, because it has a MERV 16 rating for hospital-level filtration. And it removes more than 95%3 of aggravating particles from your home’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is suggested for families who are looking for enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter catches 99% of larger particles such as 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 eliminates 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 offer this powerful filtration without running up the bill for using your heating and cooling system.
These three media air cleaners work with any brand of HVAC system. But despite that, it’s critical to realize that some of the thicker ones, such as MERV 16 and 13, may limit your system’s airflow. This can increase your utility costs.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the fault of you get a stinging sunburn. But this kind of light has a helpful application when concealed within your ductwork. It’s also tough enough to eliminate germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In fact, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can lower the number of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as short as 45 minutes.5 This light destroys cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from multiplying and spreading around your home.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your HVAC system clean and working like it should. It takes care of germs, mold and fungi lurking within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier does all this work without creating lung-irritating ozone.6
Breathe Easier with the Support of Our Air Purification Pros
Your household’s comfort and health matters to us at Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services. We realize there are a lot of options out there. That’s why we make it simple to work with our indoor air quality specialists. We specialize in creating solutions that meet your needs and budget, and we’d love to learn more about your home and your air quality issues. Call us at 907-202-9798 today 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.