If you own a newer home in Gresham, it was probably built with energy efficiency as a priority. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with enhanced seals. While these improvements are excellent for keeping your utility bill affordable, they’re not so excellent for your indoor air quality.
Your home comfort system needs to operate with a filter. But if you install a flat filter, you won’t be experiencing adequate filtration. This style only gives the lowest level of protection by stopping dust from getting into your heating and cooling system.
While you can upgrade to a pleated filter or one with a increased 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 comes in. These systems are attached within ductwork to deliver mighty 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 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, delivers the best filtration. These filters were first made to defend scientists as they worked on the atomic bomb. Today, they’re essential in hospitals and other medical applications.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System has a three-step filtration process. A prefilter catches larger irritants before the HEPA filter captures the rest of tiny particles. Then, a charcoal filter takes care of odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System works with all HVAC brands and easily connects with with your smart home. It reduces the three major types 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 effective at removing or eradicating 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, based on laboratory and field studies, it removes and destroys approximately 50% of household odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S includes sensing features that make it easy to maintain. When linked with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll be notified when 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 come in in a variety of MERV ratings to match your needs. This rating determines how capable filters are at capturing contaminants. The greater the number, the better the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is ideal 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 eliminates more than 95%3 of unhealthy particles from your home’s air.
The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is great for families who want better protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter traps 99% of larger particles like 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 fantastic air purifier for allergies and in homes with pets. It traps 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 provide this effective filtration without running up the price of operating your home comfort system.
These three media air cleaners are compatible with any brand of HVAC system. However, it’s critical to be aware that some of the more substantial ones, like MERV 16 and 13, may restrict your system’s airflow. This can increase your heating and cooling costs.
3. UV Air Purifiers
The sun’s UV rays are to the fault of you get a blistering sunburn. But this wavelength of light has a beneficial application when placed in your ductwork. It’s also tough 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 little as 45 minutes.5 This light damages cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from flourishing and spreading throughout your residence.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your heating and cooling system clean and operating like it should. It takes care of germs, mold and fungi that are hidden within ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier achieves all these tasks without making lung-inflaming ozone.6
Breathe Easier with the Support of Our Air Purification Specialists
Your loved ones’ comfort and health matters to us at Honke Heating & AC. We are aware there are many possibilities out there. That’s why we make it simple to work with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in creating solutions that fit your needs and budget, and we’d love to hear more about your residence and your air quality challenges. Give us a call at 503-663-8033 right away 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.