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Indoor Air Quality

Air Quality FAQ’s

What is a MERV rating?

The MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) is a test designed to reduce the confusion of an air filtration device’s performance by looking at the minimum or worst case scenario for a product’s performance. MERV tests an air filter’s efficiency on 3 size ranges of particles, large particles 3.0 – 10 microns, medium size particles 1.0 – 3.0 microns and small particles 0.30 – 1.0 micron. Two products may have the same MERV rating, however may differ in initial particle size efficiency, initial air resistance, air leakage, bypass air, service life and tested airflow. The standard requires the test to be conducted at 1200 CFM. Not all manufacturers test at 1200 CFM. A reduced airflow will allow the air filtration device to have a higher MERV rating. Since MERV does not look at performance over time, a product may have a lower MERV as it begins to filter particulate. MERV also uses test dust that contains carbon. As a result no Electronic Air Cleaner can be tested under the MERV. The carbon negates the electronic section of the air cleaner.

 How often do I have to maintain the Aprilaire Model 2210, 2310 and 2410 and what is involved in maintaining it?

Aprilaire recommends that you replace the filter media every year. However, all HVAC installations are different and your contractor may recommend more or less frequent media replacement. Maintenance is simple, and requires no tools, washing or vacuuming. Simply replace the filtering media - an operation that takes less than a minute.

Will an Aprilaire Air Cleaner help enhance the life of my heating and cooling equipment?

Yes. By removing dust that would normally accumulate in the blower compartment or on the air conditioning coil, the Aprilaire Air Cleaner will reduce the amount of wear and tear on your expensive equipment, extending its life span.

What are the benefits of fan cycling?

Fan cycling mixes and evenly distributes air throughout the home, helps eliminate hot/cold spots in the home, and can improve the performance of your air cleaner, dehumidifier, and humidifier.

Humidifiers / Dehumidifiers

Protect your family and your home from the unhealthy and damaging effects of over-dry air. Dry nose, cracked, itchy skin, and sore throats. Aggravated allergy and asthma symptoms. Painful static shocks. Chipping paint and plaster. Splitting or cracked wood floors, furniture, trim and molding. Sound familiar? Why go through another season with these problems when there is a solution An Aprilaire Whole-Home Humidifier. Aprilaire humidifiers help by ensuring that your entire home has just the right amount of moisture for the ultimate in protection and comfort. Whole-house humidifiers help prevent premature aging of your home's structure, provides optimum comfort and can protect respiratory systems against viruses and bacteria.

All homes need humidity control. And in most climates, they need it year round. Aprilaire has a solution for every size home. From our compact 65-pint unit - perfect for town homes, condominiums and homes with a closet HVAC system - all the way up to our 135-pint unit for homes that are 4,000 square feet or more. Aprilaire can provide every homeowner the whole-home protection and performance of central dehumidification.

Air conditioning alone can not satisfy your home's humidity requirements. Your air conditioning system is designed to control temperature, not humidity, and only removes humidity as a byproduct of cooling. During the spring and fall seasons when it’s still cool outside but damp inside, your air conditioning is not running and your house is uncomfortable, you need an Aprilaire Whole-Home Dehumidifier.

Aprilaire dehumidifiershelp by removing excess moisture and reducing the damage that mildew and mold can have on the sustainability of your home and the health of your family.

Air Cleaners

Air pollution is a serious problem — especially inside your home! The EPA has named indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health. The EPA also reports that indoor air can be up to one hundred times more polluted than the air outside. One hundred times! And while you are offered many options — standard 1" furnace filters, portable purifiers and ionizers — there’s only one truly effective solution: an Aprilaire Whole-House Air Cleaner. Tangora Technologies, Inc helps protect the health and comfort of your family. Our central air cleaners treat your entire home by permanently capturing harmful contaminants like bacteria, mold spores and allergens.  

Whole House Ventilation

Ventilation is the exchange of indoor air for outdoor air. Two types of home ventilation methods include natural and mechanical ventilation. In natural ventilation, outside air enters the house through opened doors and windows. In mechanical ventilation, there are electronic devices such as fans that remove air from a single room, to whole-house systems that remove polluted indoor air and then distribute filtered and conditioned outdoor air throughout the house. A Preferred Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) brings fresh, pre-filtered outdoor air into your home during the cooling season without lowering air conditioner efficiency. Fewer pollutants and reduced humidity improves air quality and boosts comfort. Contact us to learn more about your options.

HEPA Air Purification

Tangora Technologies Inc offers stand alone and integrated HEPA air filtration products. By reducing air born particulate through a mechanical filtration system you are able to reduce allergens and pollutants. Contact us to learn more about your options. 

Central Vacuum

Tangora Technologies, Inc. offers Electrolux Central Vacuum products featuring the Beam and Honeywell branded lines. Tangora Technologies Inc. is a certified installation and service provider for Electrolux offering many different power units, power teams and optional accessories. A central vacuum system is the modern, convenient and healthier way to clean your entire home. A Beam or Honeywell system can be installed in virtually any new or existing home or commercial location. It removes 100% of dust, dust mites and allergens from living areas providing the homeowner with cleaner indoor air. Call today to schedule your free estimate at 518.478.9513 or

Benefits of a Central Vacuum System

  • Built – in cleaning appliance that lets you clean your home and improve indoor air quality at the same time.
  • Convenient and easy to operate.
  • Removes all debris to one centrally located power unit.
  • Powered or non-powered inlets strategically installed throughout the structure
  • Indoor Air Quality – removes 100% of harmful dust, debris, pollens and allergens, clinically proven to reduce symptoms of those who suffer from allergies and asthma
  • Should be installed by specially trained / factory trained installers


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