If you live in a newly built home in Muskogee, it was likely constructed with energy efficiency in mind. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with enhanced seals. While these advances are great for keeping your heating and cooling bill affordable, they’re not so good 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 ample filtration. This style only gives the lowest level of protection by keeping dust out of your heating and cooling system.
While you can get a pleated filter or one with a increased MERV rating, it still might not be enough filtration, even more so if someone in your house has allergies or other respiratory troubles.
That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a good option. These systems are installed within ductwork to provide strong filtration around your home. Depending on the model you select, you’ll be able to remove 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, gives premium filtration. These filters were first created to protect scientists as they created the atomic bomb. Today, they’re a staple in hospitals and other medical settings.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System features a three-step filtration method. A prefilter catches significant particles before the HEPA filter captures remaining miniscule particles. Then, a charcoal filter takes care of odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System is compatible with all HVAC brands and seamlessly integrates 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 remove 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, as the result of laboratory and field studies, it reduces and eradicates approximately 50% of household odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S includes sensing features that make it uncomplicated to serviced. When paired with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll get a notification to replace the 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 available in a variety of MERV ratings to work with your needs. This rating determines how good filters are at trapping contaminants. The greater the number, the finer the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is great for families 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 irritating particles from your residence’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is recommended for households who are looking for enhanced protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter catches 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 a fantastic 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 price of operating your home comfort system.
These three media air cleaners can be used with any brand of HVAC system. However, it’s essential to know that some of the denser ones, including MERV 16 and 13, may decrease 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 stinging sunburn. But this kind of light has a beneficial application when installed 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 reduce the number of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as short as 45 minutes.5 This light wrecks cell structure, which prohibits these microorganisms from growing and spreading across your house.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your HVAC system clean and working 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-inflaming ozone.6
Breathe Easier with the Help of Our Air Purification Professionals
Your loved ones’ comfort and health is our top priority at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc.. 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 making solutions that meet your needs and budget, and we’d love to find out more about your home and your air quality issues. Call us at 918-682-8238 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.