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5 Ways Your House Is Making You Sick

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Home is where your heart is — but is it where your health is? According to the EPA, poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is one of the top five environmental risks to public health. This isn’t surprising when you consider these five facts about life in our comfy abodes.

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Increased Time Indoors:

Between nights at home and days at work, people spend upwards of 90 percent of their time indoors. This makes plenty of time for even minor indoor air quality issues like mold or dust mites to negatively impact health.

Polluted Indoor Air:

Air is invisible. And we don’t always realize that it’s be up to 100 times more polluted than air outdoors.

Asthma and Allergy Rates are Increasing:

Living with asthma and allergies is aggravated by many types of indoor air pollution, including mold, pollen, pet dander and dust. As rates of these health issues rise, so does the number of people suffering indoors.

Indoor Air May Make Allergies or Asthma Worse:

According to the American Lung Association, poor indoor air quality may cause or contribute to respiratory issues.

Most Homeowners Don’t Know How to Improve IAQ: 

Homeowners may be feeling the impact of poor indoor air quality. But they may not know how to fix it. A full line of service products aimed at improving your IAQ exist.

Ask your HVAC Serviceman about IAQ Solutions

Improving your indoor air quality requires keeping air in the home fresh, purified, properly conditioned and at the right temperature. Whole home air purifiers from Aprilaire can help remove allergens such as mold, pet dander, dust and pollen, which can reduce allergy and asthma symptoms.

Whole-home ventilation solutions can ensure that the air in your house is always fresh. Control of excess of humidity is achieved with a whole home dehumidifier and a whole home central humidifier can keep air becoming too dry in the winter.

One Thermostat To Rule Them All

Best of all, complete control of indoor air is possible from a single thermostat and smartphone app with the 8920W Thermostat with IAQ Control from Aprilaire. The 8920W allows simple, intuitive control of temperature, humidity, air purity and freshness. Homeowners can also set limits for all attributes of IAQ and receive warnings about temperature and humidity levels. Keeping loved ones healthy in the home has never been easier.

How is your house making you sick?

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Back-to-School: 5 Tips For Staying Healthy

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Back to school means back to germs! It’s that time of year when the kids head back to the classroom, but are they as prepared as they should be to prevent colds, flu, and other illness?  The average American child has six to ten colds a year. That’s reason enough to send them back to the books with copious amounts of hand sanitizer. Germs don’t just live at school though. There are plenty of germs around the house too, but don’t panic. Here are a few tips to keep your family’s health on the right track this back to school season. 

Five Ways to Improve Your Family’s Health

Tackle allergens before they hit

Kids head back to school during a time when ragweed allergies, hay fever, and asthma outbreaks are at high risk. It can be difficult, as parents, to determine if your child has an allergy or has caught an infection. A whole-home air purifier can trap pollen, reduce bacteria in the air, and prevent viruses, which means your child can feel relief and comfort at home…where it matters most.

Sleep easy

During the long summer months, alarm clocks get turned off and bedtimes get shifted. Make sure you get your kids back into the swing of things before the first day of school. Between cozy pillows and plush blankets, beds are attractive places for more than just your little ones. Germs, allergens, and dust mites are found in abundance in the bedroom. Wash your linens regularly and make sure your home doesn’t have high humidity, which is the perfect breeding ground for dust mites.

Sharing is caring

Give your child’s teacher a call and voice any concerns you may have about the upcoming school year. Also, let the teacher know about any health concerns (allergies, asthma, etc.) that your child may have.

Make time for family time

Take time every Sunday to plan out your family’s meals for the week. Having a plan means that you’re less likely to stray or buy fast food as a last ditch effort. This also makes time for family dinners. When it comes to cooking, however, understand the nature of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which are emitted as potentially harmful gases by a wide array of common household products. Stovetop cooking, especially on older units, may release hundreds VOCs a day, putting you and your family at risk for short- and long-term health problems. Alleviate that risk with an air purifier or whole-home ventilation solution.

Your family’s health starts at home

Having a Healthy Home will help keep your child focused and prepared for the day-to-day occurrences in the classroom. It’s time to make sure the air that your family is breathing every day is clean—so your little ones stay healthy.

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Dirty Air Compare: The Air in Your Home is Equivalent to…

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It’s your home. It’s not just a place, it’s a feeling. But when that feeling is wheezing, sneezing, and uncomfortable all the time, there’s something wrong. Indoor Air Quality can be five times more polluted than outdoor air, and since the EPA estimates that people spend 90% of their time indoors, a bad air day every day is not something to take lightly.

While it’s easy to see when you need to dust or sweep, it’s harder to know when the air in your home needs cleaning. Why breathe dirty air? Poor air quality can threaten your family’s health, so it’s important to keep things out of your home that cause polluted indoor air and ensure your home is a healthy one.

Finding the Culprit of Dirty Air

Indoor Air Quality is impacted by many things in your home, some of which you’d likely never guess. Mold, pollen, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)from cleaning chemicals and paints—are widely known culprits that contribute to poor air quality. But, according to the Global Healing Center, there are some unknown drivers. Here’s your checklist for finding the culprit.

  • Do you have furniture purchased prior to 2006? It may contain toxic PBDEs.
  • Do you use air fresheners? A study found the terpenes released by air fresheners interact with ozone to form compounds like formaldehyde and acetone at concentrations, which can cause respiratory sensitivity and airflow limitation.
  • Do you burn candles in your home? Most candles, especially the scented ones made with paraffin wax, contain benzene and toluene, two known carcinogens.
  • Do you print a lot from your computer? Printing inks, like those used in home printers, contain glymes. These industrial chemicals have been linked to developmental and reproductive damage.

Time for a Healthy Home

In general, there are three main approaches to improve Indoor Air Quality:

Remove the source of the air pollutant

Check areas where mold is most often found, keep your rooms free and clear of dust, and make sure you regularly check your air vents. In addition, take a proactive approach by using safe cleaning products and considering product ingredients before you purchase.

Increase ventilation in your home

Today’s homes are tightly sealed, built with energy efficiency in mind. While this is good for keeping heated and cooled air from seeping out, it also keeps uncomfortable odors and harmful pollutants trapped inside. A whole-home ventilation system allows for fresh, clean air.

Consider an air purifier and other whole-home solutions 

After all, if you could see the air you breathe, think about what you’d want it to look like.

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Can Dairy Cows Cure Allergies?

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Moo-ve on down to the farm for help with your seasonal allergies

Alleriges and Asthma

The dust on dairy farms may help prevent children from developing allergies and asthma.

Want a life free of allergy and asthma symptoms? Head on down to the farm. According to recent news reports, studies have shown that Amish children have lower rates of asthma and allergies than the general population and even children from other rural settings. Amish live with a unique house dust. The general population does not encounter the same dust.

Sound like fiction? Here’s the science:

The protection is believed to be related to the hygiene hypothesis. As humans live increasingly clean lives, autoimmune and allergic diseases also increase. Are our immune systems are bored? Or, maybe the primordial infectious agents that evolved with humans actually provided us some protection through a misunderstood symbiotic relationship!?

It’s all just (fascinating) speculation currently, but the recent news about the Amish lends some validity to the argument. The correlation certainly exists: some allergy rates have climbed more than 50 percent in just the last 20 years for the general U.S. population.

Before you quit dusting in order to cure your allergies or asthma, you should know that exact correlation is unknown. Dairy cows may also play a role. So, unless you plan on pasturing cattle in the backyard, keeping your house free of dust and particulate is a better defense.

Fighting allergies if you don’t live ‘down on the farm’

If you suffer from asthma and allergy symptoms; pollen, dust and mold are the usual culprits. No matter how hard homeowners try, these invaders will always find their way inside the house. However, with a high-efficiency air purifier, the particles can be trapped and removed from the air before they enter your lungs and cause symptoms.

With whole-home solutions, you can fight allergy and asthma symptoms without turning your house into a barn!

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Improve Indoor Air Quality During Wildfires

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Wildfires and Indoor Air Quality

Wildfires are currently raging in Canada and some parts of the northern U.S. While the situation is especially scary for those in the immediate vicinity, pollution from wildfires can actually carry for thousands of miles, impacting indoor air quality.

Can you see Indoor Air Quality?

If it’s bad enough –  yes, you can see poor indoor air quality as smoke or as dust floating in front of a window. However, the majority of particles that make up air pollution are too small for the human eye to see. Combustion particles, such as those from forest fires, are many times smaller than a single grain of sand.

Impact on health and comfort

Wildfires are far from the only source of pollution. Dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, smoke and other irritants are constantly floating in a home’s indoor air. All of these things become trapped, especially during heating and cooling seasons, and wind up in our lungs.

This isn’t good news for anyone, but has a very negative impact on family members with asthma, allergies or other respiratory conditions.

What should I do?

Our infographic below has some tips for staying healthy during wildfire season. To keep the air in your home healthy year-round, follow these simple tips:

  • To reduce pollen during allergy season, remove clothes and wash immediately after being outside and shower before bed.
  • Keep windows closed during air quality alerts or when pollen counts are high.
  • Use an air purifier to help trap pollutants and improve indoor air quality.
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Tips for improving indoor air quality during wildfires.

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A smarter, safer, healthier and more comfortable home

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Wi-Fi and Your Home

Homes have changed quite a bit since the days of dirt floors, wood stoves and even round, manual thermostats. Today’s home not only shelters people from the elements, but is a family’s most valuable asset. It’s a central location for entertainment, comfort and often work. You probably spend a lot of time in your home – and a lot of time worrying about it when you’re gone. Wi-Fi is changing how connected we are to homes everyday.

A Wi-Fi Wine Bottle?

Smart devices allow us to control and monitor door locks, garage doors and much more. Recently, a startup company announced its release of a Wi-Fi wine bottle – presumably so you can monitor how much wine you have left?

While some smart devices may seem a little pointless (just look at the bottle!), the ability to control temperature and indoor air quality from anywhere through a home’s Wi-Fi internet connection is anything but frivolous. With mobile control, homeowners truly have safety, comfort and health in the palm of their hands.

Reduced energy costs with Aprilaire Wi-Fi

One significant benefit of Wi-Fi Control is reduced energy costs. With a thermostat that allows you to easily set – but also easily override – heating and cooling schedules, you can avoid wasting any money cooling a vacant home this summer. Additionally, you can control your home’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) by adjusting humidity, ventilation and air purity. All of these aspects can affect your comfort, your health and your energy savings.

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Mobile control of temperature and indoor air quality can improve energy savings and protect your family’s comfort and health.

Increase the IQ of your indoor air with smart technology

Learn more about Aprilaire Wi-Fi Thermostats with IAQ Control and how you can improve your home’s indoor air from anywhere!

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Spring Cleaning for Your Indoor Air

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One of the best parts of annual spring cleaning is the chance to open up and air out the house. It feels good to clean up the dust, flush out stale odors, and take a breath of fresh air. However, soon enough, rising temperatures will mean it’s time to turn on the A/C and close up the house again. Start thinking about what you can do to improve your home’s Indoor Air Quality. Check out these tips and suggestions for keeping your indoor air pure and fresh.

Ditch the Chemicals and Scents

Many household cleaners, air fresheners, and even scented candles can fill your home with harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). These VOCs irritate asthma symptoms and other respiratory conditions. One solution is to opt for more traditional cleaners, like vinegar, and use dried potpourri instead of aerosol fragrances. When you begin spring cleaning, properly dispose of or use up what’s left of harsh chemicals and replace your stock with alternatives.

Whole-Home Air Purification

High-efficiency air purifiers, installed as part of your home’s HVAC system, can drastically cut down on dust, allergens, bacteria, and viruses. Unlike room air purifiers, whole-home systems improve the air throughout the entire house on-demand and anytime the air conditioner is running. Noticeably cut down on dust for a cleaner, more comfortable home and a healthier environment for family members with asthma, allergies, or breathing problems.

Whole-Home Ventilation

All homes—especially newer construction—can build up high concentrations of VOCs along with bad odors, smoke, and excess humidity. All of these conditions can greatly impact health and comfort as well as damage your home. Whole-home ventilation solutions expel dirty air and replace it with fresh, outdoor air without negatively impacting your energy bill. Just because your A/C is running doesn’t mean your home should be filled with stale, unhealthy air.