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Whole Home vs Portable Air Purifier

Whole Home vs Single Room Air Purification Systems

A lot of activities happen inside your home. Not only do you eat, sleep and relax within your four walls, but now more than ever, homeowners are spending more time at home and transforming their spaces into offices, workout gyms, and playrooms. And while you're staying home to stay safe and healthy, it may surprise you to find out that the air inside your home is two to five times more polluted than the air outside your home.

What's causing poor indoor air quality? A wide range of factors: allergy-aggravating particles like dust, pollen and pet dander, mold and germs, and odors and chemical vapors from paints, cleaning supplies and additives in your carpet and furniture. These factors can cause a variety of health problems to your family's respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous and reproductive systems, and in-response, a number of products have been developed to help eliminate these determinants and improve your home's indoor air quality. Single-room air purifiers are sold in multiple styles and sizes at varying price points, but these appliances have limited capabilities and may be less-effective in cleaning your air compared to a whole home air purification system like the PureAir S.

Keep reading to learn why you should invest in a whole home air purification system to improve your home's indoor air quality:

How a Whole Home Air Purification System Works

Lennox' whole home air purification system is attached to your home's HVAC system and ductwork, allowing it to seamlessly work with your home's heating and cooling systems. The PureAir S works with the MERV-16 air filter and a UVA lamp to treat your home with hospital-grade filtration that eliminates 99.9% of airborne particles like pollen, dust, and pet dander. It also kills 90% of virus-sized germs and removes unpleasant household odors and vapors. By pairing the PureAir S with innovative heating and cooling products from the Dave Lennox Signature® Collection, you can enjoy the ultimate indoor air quality and comfort.

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Consider Range & Maintenance

Most single room air purifiers are small appliances that care for spaces 300 square feet or smaller. According to the real-estate firms Zillow and Redfin, the median size of an American single-family home is in the neighborhood of 1,600 or 1,650 square feet. With these numbers in-mind, it would take multiple air purifiers to effectively clean all of your home's air. Not only would it be expensive to furnish your home with multiple appliances, but the maintenance of keeping up with each one would be a tedious, time-consuming chore.

Alternatively, a whole-home air purification system works with your home's central heating and cooling system to clean all of your home's air as it cycles through your ductwork. The PureAir S is also equipped with smart and sensing features to monitor the life of both the filter and the Purifier UVA light so you don't have to. When it's time to change the filter or the purifier, the PureAir S lets you know through your iComfort® S30 ultra smart thermostat.

Understand Filtration Capabilities

A single room air purifier may be less efficient in removing larger pollutant particles from your air. These larger particles are 10 micrometers in diameter and include dust, smoke from tobacco products or cooking, and outdoor pollutants. According to the EPA, these can be some of the most harmful pollutants and most commonly irritate your eyes, nose and throat and can greatly impact those who suffer from seasonal allergies, Asthma, COPD and heart disease.

A whole home air purification system has larger capacity and strength to kill pollutants and germs of varying sizes, and the PureAir S removes 95% of particles down to .3 microns. Lennox' MERV16 filters also have a 47% efficiency in reducing ozone, a known lung irritant. This system exceeds hospital intensive care and operation room levels of filtration, giving you peace of mind that your family can breathe in healthy air no matter what room they're in. Contact your Lennox dealer today to schedule regular maintenance to keep your system properly filtering the air in your home.

Evaluate Style & Aesthetic

Single room air purifiers come in a wide range of colors, finishes, shapes and sizes, but they likely don't blend in well with your home's decor. These appliances most-often require a plug and a clear space so they can work effectively, and if you're adding these to a space like a nursery or playroom, you want to be sure they're out of reach from babies and small children. They can also be heavy or bulky, and if you're moving them from room to room, you can risk injury to yourself or your home's floors or walls. Another factor to consider: noise. Once you've found a home for your air purifier, you likely will be able to hear its fan or motor running whenever it's in use.

A whole-home air purification system may be larger than a single-room system, but it's likely going to be installed in an attic or basement, tucked away with your other heating and cooling systems. There is no extra noise associated with the addition of this system, and it's simple to access and change out the air filter as needed. And you don't have to worry about it clashing with your home's style and decor.

Making a Decision for Your Home

A single room air purifier may be appealing from a price perspective, but it's important to consider the overall range, ongoing maintenance, filtration capabilities and how it fits in with your home before making a purchase. Your local Lennox dealer can also review your HVAC system and needs and help you make the best purchase for you and your family. Contact your Lennox dealer today to learn more about whole home air purification systems.

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