Few things are as important as the air you breathe. Air is essential for life. Air quality impacts your family’s health, comfort and belonging. Breathing is so automatic we usually don’t think about what’s lingering in the air—especially at home. But did you know the air your breathe in your home may be more harmful than the air you breathe outside?

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency studies have shown that your indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside—even in smoggy, urban areas.

Treating indoor air—in your entire home—should be #1 on your list of home improvements. Aprilaire Whole-Home Products can help improve your family’s health and comfort by improving your indoor air quality.

Indoor air quality refers to Temperature, Humidity, Air Purity, and Freshness.


Temperature is often the only quality that is thought about in the average home as everyone has a thermostat to control the heat and air conditioning.  However, the thermostat is usually installed in the center of the home where it is easiest to heat and cool.  This tends to cause hot and cold spots in the home.  Check out our Thermostat section to explore some options for better control of your home comfort system.


Our Winters in West Michigan fluctuate wildly through season.  It can be 30 degrees Sunny and humid one day and blustery frigid and desert dry the next.  This can wreak havoc on your home and your health.  Humidifiers are installed with over 80% of our furnaces.  This helps mitigate the massive moisture loss through the cold months.  Humidity reduces the static shocks and nose bleeds associated with dry weather and keeps the expensive woodwork in your home from contracting as it releases moisture. Keep the uncomfortable conditions outdoors this Winter and get a new Humidifier installed with your new furnace for $335 or as a service call for $365.

Air Purity

Air purity can be broken down into filtration and purification. Filtration is the process of catching, trapping, and removing particles in the air and keeping them from clogging up your heating and cooling equipment as well as floating back into your home.  Most systems come equipped with a standard air filter.  These 1” filter provide adequate protection for your equipment but do little to improve the quality of the air that you breathe.  A standard filter is rated at 6 or 8 on the MERV scale which is enough to protect the equipment and remove large duct particulates from circulation but nothing more.  Moving up to an Aprilaire media cleaner will improve the air filtration rating to 13 and will pull much smaller and hazardous particles out of circulation such as bacteria, spores, and even large viruses.  The large surface area of the Aprilaire 5000 & 2000 series’ medias give them the capacity to filter your home’s air for up to a year in between changes.  For value and performance, check out the Aprilaire media air cleaners!

Indoor Air Quality Application Guidelines


Purification on the other hand doesn’t trap or remove anything, it attacks and neutralizes living organisms (bacteria, viruses, mold, & mites) as well as VOC’s and other odor producing compounds. Air purification systems like the SecondWind Ultra violet system or the RemeHalo. Ask our knowledgeable staff about which product(s) best fits your family’s needs.

Get a Free Estimate for Air Quality Systems in Your Home

Interested in learning more about improving the air quality of your West Michigan home? Contact Baumann & DeGroot, the indoor air quality experts, for a free in-home assessment and quote at 616-396-HEAT.