If you live in a newer house in Bend, it was likely made with energy efficiency as a priority. This means increased insulation and windows and doors with better seals. While these enhancements are fantastic for keeping your utility costs in check, they’re not so good for your indoor air quality.
Your HVAC system needs to operate with a filter. But if you install a flat filter, you won’t be getting enough filtration. This type only gives the bare minimum of protection by stopping dust from getting into your HVAC system.
While you can install 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 placed within ductwork to give strong filtration around your home. Depending on the kind you go with, you’ll be able to get rid of allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.
Here are our best 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 the best 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 operations.
The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System includes a three-step filtration method. A prefilter attracts bigger pollutants before the HEPA filter catches the rest of miniscule irritants. Then, a charcoal filter wipes out odors and chemical vapors.
The PureAir™ S Air Purification System is compatible with all HVAC brands and easily integrates with your smart home. It combats the three leading types 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, including mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also capable of decreasing 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 eradicates approximately 50% of household odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours.
The PureAir S includes sensing features that make it easy to keep up. When linked with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll get a notification to change 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 made in a variety of MERV ratings to work with your needs. This rating calculates how effective filters are at trapping contaminants. The better the number, the greater the filtration.
The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is recommended for homes with allergy suffers and pets. This is a HEPA filter air purifier, because 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 suggested for homes who are seeking stronger protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter traps 99% of larger particles including 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 residences with pets. It catches 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 deliver this effective 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. Regardless, it’s important to be aware that some of the denser ones, such as 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 fault of you get a blistering sunburn. But this type of light has a helpful application when installed inside your ductwork. It’s also powerful enough to eliminate germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.
In reality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can reduce the concentration of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as short as 45 minutes.5 This light destroys cell structure, which halts these microorganisms from flourishing and infiltrating across your residence.
And this UV air purifier can also help keep your heating and cooling system clean and running efficiently. It eliminates of germs, mold and fungi hiding in ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier does all these tasks without creating lung-inflaming ozone.6
Breathe Better with the Assistance of Our Air Purification Pros
Your family’s comfort and health matters to us at Tri County Climate Control LLC. We are aware there are many possibilities out there. That’s why we make it uncomplicated to collaborate with our indoor air quality specialists. We specialize in creating solutions that fit 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 541-238-2797 right away 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.