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6 Common Indoor Air Pollutants You Can Avoid with an Air Cleaner

Posted by Gregg on Aug 31, 2017 9:51:28 AM

We often think of air pollutants as being outdoors. While that’s true, there are also plenty of common indoor air pollutants that can affect your family’s comfort, health, and even safety. It can be easy to forget or overlook these indoor irritants, so we’ve created a list of some of the most common air pollutants and their causes. If you have any of these issues in your home — we have a great idea for cleaning things up.

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Topics: Air quality, Electronic Air Cleaners

Plasma Air Purifiers: An Alternative Approach to Air Quality Control

Posted by Gregg on Aug 22, 2017 3:41:59 PM

Homeowners are increasingly concerned with providing their families with the cleanest indoor air possible. Fortunately, technology is keeping up with that demand. Among the latest developments are plasma air purifiers. They’re definitely an option to consider if you’re looking for ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality.

What is a Plasma Air Purifier?

Plasma purifiers were originally designed for use in hospitals because of their effectiveness in eliminating bacteria, viruses, and other allergens. They were also quite large and not feasible for in-home use. However, in recent years the technology has improved and plasma air purifiers are now much smaller, and consequently have become more practical for home use. They’re installed as part of your overall HVAC system and use a combination of ionization and very small filters. Together they eliminate dust, smoke, and pollen, which other types of purifiers can miss.

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Topics: Air quality

Should I Clean Air Ducts? Here's What The Pros Suggest.

Posted by Gregg on Jul 27, 2017 11:11:42 AM

While air duct cleaning isn't required (like changing your filters), there are definite benefits to having your air ducts cleaned occasionally. Clean air ducts can mean fresher indoor air; more efficient heating and cooling; and removal of contaminants that can aggravate allergies or asthma.

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Topics: Home Maintenance, Air quality

3 Ways To Purify Home Air Naturally So Your Family Can Breathe Clean Air

Posted by Gregg on Jun 15, 2017 9:53:31 AM

It’s no secret that fresh, clean air is ultimately important to our health. And it’s only natural to want to make sure that you and your family are breathing the freshest, cleanest indoor air possible. That’s especially true if anyone in your household suffers from allergies, asthma, environmental sensitivities, or other health concerns. Here are steps to keep your indoor air as healthy as possible.

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Topics: Air quality, Electronic Air Cleaners

Why It's Important to Have Your Indoor Humidity Levels In-Check

Posted by Gregg on Mar 30, 2017 11:02:33 AM

We’re all familiar with the weather extremes in Minnesota and other parts of the upper Midwest: hot and humid in summer, cold and dry in winter. Both of those extremes can make it a real challenge to keep your indoor humidity levels under control, but doing just that is an important part of maintaining optimal indoor air quality. Here are some of the reasons why controlling your home’s humidity is so important, and ways to keep it in check.

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Topics: Air quality, humidity control

Spring Cleaning: 4 Ways to Clear Out Stale Air From Your Home

Posted by Gregg on Mar 14, 2017 3:28:54 PM

OK, it’s almost here! The first, official day of spring (the spring equinox) is March 20, and we all look forward to getting back outdoors and enjoying the fresh air. And it’s just as important to have that freshness indoors, too. But what are the best ways to clear stale air from your home and replace it with clean, spring-fresh air? Here are four ways to freshen your home this spring. 

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Topics: Air quality

Why Air Duct Cleaning Can Lower Your Heating and Cooling Costs

Posted by Gregg on Mar 7, 2017 10:38:00 AM

When was the last time you had your home’s air ducts cleaned? Can’t remember? Maybe never? Luckily, it’s not a chore that needs be taken care of often, but cleaning your air ducts can help lower your heating and cooling costs, extend the life of your HVAC system, and contribute to healthier indoor air for you and your family.

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Topics: Air quality

What's a MERV Rating and How Does It Affect My HVAC System?

Posted by Gregg on Feb 16, 2017 2:40:35 PM

The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV, is a third party rating system for air filters. It provides a means for consumers to compare the effectiveness of various filters. The higher the MERV number, the more effective a filter is at removing contaminants.

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Topics: Air quality

Should You Invest in an Electronic Air Cleaner?

Posted by Gregg on Dec 1, 2016 2:13:28 PM

If you’re looking to improve the quality and freshness of your indoor air, an electronic air cleaner (EAC) may be your answer. An EAC is a sophisticated air filtering device that is installed as part of your HVAC system. It uses electricity to attract particles and causes them to “cling” in a way that’s similar to static cling on your clothes — although in a much more powerful way.

How an EAC Works

Standard filters work by impingement or straining. Big particles in the air simply can’t fit through smaller openings. This limits the size of particle that can be filtered, of course, based on the size of the filter openings. Impingement filters can only catch larger particles.  

But an EAC operates through a transformer, with power applied to the air stream, creating a positive charge to particles. On the receiving end, the collecting plates or the negatively charged media capture the particles like a super-powered “static cling.”  

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Topics: Air quality

Efficient Ways to Bring Fresh, Minnesota Air Into Your Home

Posted by Gregg on Oct 27, 2016 8:47:28 AM

One of the delights of spring is that first time you can open the windows and let in that fresh Minnesota air. But what do you do when it’s too cold to open a window and doing so would defeat your home heating goals? Here are some efficient ways to keep fresh, clean, Minnesota air circulating through your home, no matter the season or the weather.

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Topics: Air quality, Minnesota, Winter