Indoor Air Quality Service & Repair in Minneapolis-St. Paul

There’s a reason they call it “fresh air” when you go outside; according to research from the EPA, the air inside homes and buildings can be even more polluted than outdoor air! Naturally, indoor air quality (IAQ) should be an important factor to any Twin Cities homeowner! Without proper attention, the air in your home can accumulate dust, mold, chemicals, and more. This can be especially bad for allergy and asthma sufferers.

When it comes to purifying and balancing the air in your home, Total Comfort offers a variety of products and services to help you and your family breathe easy. What you’ll need to ensure good IAQ for your home will depend on several factors, including:

  • The age of your home
  • The type of heating you have
  • Whether you have any pets
  • The type of insulation materials in your home
  • Whether anyone in your home smokes

Total Comfort installs indoor air quality systems throughout Minneapolis and the Twin Cities metro area. Schedule an appointment now for installation of air filtration systems, air exchangers, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers.

Varieties of Air Filtration Systems

Person holding up filter for air system in a Minneapolis home.

Filters are used to help protect your home by capturing airborne pollutants. There are many types of air filters, and not all are created equal. Most heating and cooling systems use inefficient paper filters, which were designed to protect your HVAC equipment from dust and dirt buildup, not improve your indoor air quality.

Paper Filter (3% – 15% efficient)

This type of filter is the bare minimum and the most popular type of filter used. Paper filters are available at most supermarkets and drug stores and are meant to be thrown away every month or so. If you want to protect yourself there are alternatives that work better and last a lot longer (and cost less in the long run). At Total Comfort, we do not recommend paper filters.

Washable Filter (3% – 20% efficient)

Homeowner rinsing a washable air filter in their sink.
Permanent, washable filters work just like the paper filters, but they can be removed, cleaned and used over and over. We do not recommend washable filters.

Electrostatic Air Filters (50% – 80% efficient)

Electrostatic air filters are installed just like a regular paper filter, but they are generally 1 inch thick, multi- layered, permanent and washable. They are much more effective than a standard filter.

Electrostatic air filters are usually too restrictive to allow proper airflow for today’s higher efficiency furnaces. Reduced airflow makes the furnace overheat, age faster and work harder than it should to heat your home. It also makes your air conditioner more expensive to use. We do not recommend electrostatic filters.

Media Filter (50% – 80% efficient)

Media filters function a lot like electrostatic filters but with one major difference. Media filters have more than 10 times the area and are generally 4-5 inch pleated paper disposable filters. This means they offer good airflow even when dirty. Media filters must be installed professionally because of their size and will require replacement once or twice a year. We recommend media filters.

Electronic Air Cleaner (98% efficient)

Electronic air cleaners use electricity to create a magnetic charge that traps particles. The actual filter sections, or cells, can be removed and cleaned. You have to be sure to keep them clean or the effectiveness will be reduced, but you still won’t have to keep buying filters. Electronic air cleaners initially cost more than media filters, but are more efficient and cost less in the long run. The downside is they take up more space than a regular filter. If you have the space to install one, it’s a great system. We recommend electronic air cleaners.

Trane CleanEffects (99.98% efficient)

CleanEffects, an air purifier by Trane, is depicted.
TRANE CleanEffects utilizes patented breakthrough air cleaning technology to remove up to an astounding 99.98% of airborne allergens from the air that passes through the filter, making it 8 times more effective than even the best HEPA filters and 100 times more effective than a standard 1 filter or ionic-type room appliance.

TRANE CleanEffects was performance-tested by LMS Technologies and Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc., with the results verified by professors from the Harvard School of Public Health, so you know you’re getting an expert air-filtration system like no other. Not even the tiniest allergens can escape! We recommend Trane CleanEffects.

At Total Comfort, we want to provide you with air filtration solutions that work better and last longer.

To get the best quality air circulating through your home, contact us today. We will be happy to help you select the best air filtration system for your Minneapolis area home.

Up-close view of the controls on an air purifier system.

Air Purifiers for Homes in the Twin Cities

Total home ultraviolet air purification systems install into your existing ductwork. As air passes by the ultraviolet bulbs, ultraviolet energy destroys almost all disease-causing organisms in the air. Popular Mechanics names ultraviolet air purifiers as one of the three great furnace add-ons to improve the air quality of your home.

If you have additional questions about air purification or ultraviolet air purification systems, please contact us. Total Comfort has been serving homes for over 60 years.

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Air Exchangers

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Today’s homes are tightly sealed for energy efficiency, but that means gases, water vapor, mold, and allergens are sealed inside with you! During a cold winter, you can’t just open a door or window to help bring in fresh air! The solution for many Minnesota homeowners is an air exchanger.

Air exchangers work by circulating the stale, old air out of your home and replacing it with a fresh supply of air every three hours. Having these systems properly sized, balanced, and installed is important to improve the quality of your home’s air. The experts at Total Comfort can help!

Total Comfort takes special care to improve the air quality for all of our customers through proper air ventilation systems. For air exchanger installation in Minneapolis, contact us today!

Whole-House Humidifiers

Indoor air humidifier operating in a St. Paul home.
Humidity may get a bad rap, but we need water in the air to help us feel and look healthy. Especially during colder months, the air in your house can dry out your skin, irritate allergies, and cause respiratory problems. Not to mention, dry air in your home can lead to gaps in your hardwood floors and shrinkage in your tabletops, and cause your piano to go out of tune.

As professional HVAC contractors, we believe whole-house humidifiers are a great addition for Minneapolis homeowners. Not only can it help you feel warmer, but the additional moisture reduces static electricity in your home!

Improve the well-being of your family and your home and experience total comfort with a whole-house humidifier. Contact a member of our team to get started!

Indoor air dehumidifier operating in a St. Paul home.


Although dry air can bring problems, having too much moisture in your home can be just as bad! Excess humidity can make your home feel stuffy and create an environment where bacteria and mold thrive. A dehumidifier is specifically engineered to control moisture in your home, bringing you greater levels of comfort. Benefits of dehumidifiers include:

  • Quiet operation for uncompromised comfort
  • Built-in ventilation for improved air quality
  • Fan cycling to help improve overall performance
  • Damage prevention from excess humidity that will devalue your home

To help you achieve the optimal balance of humidity, contact the home comfort specialists at Total Comfort to learn more about dehumidifier installation in Minneapolis!

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality in Minneapolis-St. Paul

For decades, homeowners in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area have trusted Total Comfort for their indoor air quality solutions. Don’t let your home trigger your allergies or dry out your skin! Our home comfort specialists will work with you to understand your family’s needs to provide the best indoor air quality solution for you. You can breathe easy knowing you’re being taken care of by our award-winning service technicians.

Contact Total Comfort online or call (763) 383-8383 today for an indoor air quality consultation!

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