If you have a newly constructed residence in Lansing, it was likely built with energy efficiency at the top of the list. This means more insulation and windows and doors with enhanced seals. While these improvements are excellent for keeping your utility bills economical, they’re not so great for your indoor air quality.

Your HVAC system needs to work with a filter. But if you have a flat filter, you won’t be experiencing ample filtration. This style only gives the smallest amount of protection by blocking dust from infiltrating your home comfort system.

While you can get a pleated filter or one with a better MERV rating, it still might not be adequate filtration, particularly if someone in your residence has allergies or other respiratory problems.

That’s where a whole-house air purifier can be a good option. These systems are installed within ductwork to provide powerful filtration across your home. Depending on the model you select, you’ll be able to get rid of allergens, odors and even some viruses under certain airflow conditions.

Here are our top solutions 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 made to guard scientists as they worked on the atomic bomb. Today, they’re a must-have in hospitals and other medical buildings.

The Healthy Climate HEPA Filtration System includes a three-step filtration method. A prefilter draws significant irritants before the HEPA filter traps the rest of tiny irritants. Then, a charcoal filter takes care of odors and chemical vapors.

The PureAir™ S Air Purification System works with all HVAC brands and seamlessly integrates with your smart home. It reduces the three leading varieties of indoor air contaminants:

  • Airborne particles
  • Chemical odors and vapors
  • Germs and bacteria, under certain airflow conditions

This air purifier can get rid of 99.9%* of pollutants, like mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It’s also potent at decreasing or destroying 90%1 of flu and cold viruses under certain airflow conditions. And, according to laboratory and field studies, it reduces 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 easy to maintain. When linked with an iComfort® S30 smart thermostat, you’ll be notified when 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 available in a variety of MERV ratings to match your needs. This rating measures how good filters are at trapping contaminants. The higher the number, the greater the filtration.

The Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner is recommended for families 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 gets rid of more than 95%3 of unhealthy particles from your residence’s air.

The Healthy Climate 13 Media Air Cleaner is suggested for homes who are seeking better protection from viruses and bacteria. This filter captures 99% of larger particles including dust, pollen and lint. And up to 54% of smaller 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 smaller ones down to 0.3 microns.4 It’s able to provide this effective filtration without running up the bill for operating your home comfort system.

These three media air cleaners work with any brand of HVAC system. Regardless, it’s critical to know that some of the thicker ones, including MERV 16 and 13, may limit your system’s airflow. This can inflate your energy expenses.

3. UV Air Purifiers

The sun’s UV rays are to blame when you get a painful sunburn. But this wavelength of light has a helpful application when installed within your ductwork. It’s also powerful enough to decrease germs, mold and fungi under certain airflow conditions.

In actuality, the Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Light can lower the amount of airborne microorganisms by 50% in as fast as 45 minutes.5 This light damages cell structure, which stops 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 operating properly. It wipes out of germs, mold and fungi lurking inside ductwork and your system itself. This UV light air purifier does all this work without producing lung-irritating ozone.6

Breathe Easier with the Help of Our Air Purification Specialists

Your family’s comfort and health is our top priority at Everest Heating & Cooling. We are aware there are many solutions out there. That’s why we make it easy to partner with our indoor air quality professionals. We specialize in developing solutions that match your needs and budget, and we’d love to learn more about your residence and your air quality problems. Call us at 913-845-9463 now to begin.


1Based on laboratory and field studies.

2
PureAir™ S requires the iComfort® S30 and a communicating indoor unit.


3
Leading 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.


4
Based on lab tests conducted on filters with conditions included in ASHRAE standard 52.2 for E1 and E3 size ranges.


5
Based on constant circulation of air in the home, 3,000-square-foot home with a 5-ton air handler.


6
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Ozone Generators that are Sold as Air Cleaners: An Assessment of Effective and Health Consequences,” August 2006.