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Connected Home For A Healthy Environment

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They say home is where the Wi-Fi connects automatically. And what a great feeling that is.

Wireless internet and connected devices simplify everyday tasks in the kitchen, entertainment room, and now throughout the entire home.

connected home thermostat

You feel a connection to your home. But is your home connected?

The Aprilaire® Wi-Fi Thermostat with IAQ Control gives you the power to monitor all aspects of indoor air quality so you can be confident your family is living in a healthy, comfortable environment.

We think that a connected home is a happy home. See how our Aprilaire® Wi-Fi Thermostat can take your home environment into the digital age and secure your family’s wellness.

Control All Aspects of Air Quality

Temperature

Most programmable thermostats are anything but intuitive. Clunky designs with mysterious controls can make you too scared to even touch the thing. Aprilaire® made this one different.

The large touchscreen control makes it easy to set and change temperatures in all areas of your home. You can even sync heating and cooling with your family’s schedule so there’s no wasted energy when everyone is away.

Air Purity

Event-Based™ Air Cleaning was designed for families with seasonal allergies and asthma. The system controls your Aprilaire® Air Purifier, letting you set when and how long it cleans the air in your home.

Fresh Air

Working with your Aprilaire® Ventilation System, the Wi-Fi Thermostat gives you control over the fresh air intake of your home. Whether you do it manually or set up an automatic schedule, the system will let you know when fresh air is pumped into your home, giving you peace of mind that your family is breathing clean, healthy air.

 Humidity

Whole-home humidification keeps your home comfortable throughout the year. It’s simple to set up and monitor your Aprilaire® Humidification and Dehumidification systems with the Wi-Fi Thermostat.

Still living without whole-home humidity control? See how easy it is to find the right humidifier for your home.

 Energy and Cost Savings

Power down while you’re away.

If you’re at work and the kids are at school, there’s just no reason to have your furnace or air conditioner running full blast. That way is a thing of the past.

The connected thermostat even lets you turn down the heat at night to create more comfortable sleeping conditions.

And comfort isn’t the only benefit. The EPA estimates that a programmable thermostat can save you 30% on annual energy costs. (Better start planning that vacation!)

 

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Best Plants For Air Purification

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What’s not to love about the great indoors? It’s got food, Wi-Fi, and there’s less of a chance you’ll make eye contact with a stranger. Huge benefits. But there can be a downside to spending the majority of the day inside. Indoor air pollution is a major health concern in the modern age and can lead to something called “sick building syndrome”.

With restricted ventilation and improper filtering, the air indoors can become saturated with dust, allergens, and chemicals. Breathing in those irritants all day can cause headaches, sore throat, and eye irritation.

Luckily for you, there’s an easy way to fight back. By bringing a little bit of the outdoors inside, you can filter the air in your home and workplace, so you can breathe easy and enjoy your Wi-Fi in good health.

Peace Lily

The ubiquitous peace lily prefers low light settings, just like most teenagers. But it’s also easy to care for, needing only lightly moistened soil throughout the year. In return, it’ll give you those pretty white blooms and no attitude.

Unfortunately, during flowering, the peace lily can actually add allergens like pollen to the air in your home. So you might want to avoid this one if you’re prone to spring allergies.

This is a good air purifier for the basement. A small window near the peace lily will be fine, but if it’s an underground basement, you can occasionally move the peace lily upstairs for some sunlight before returning it for downstairs duty.

Note to pet owners: While good for the air, the peace lily is very toxic to cats. If you have pets in the home, consider one of the other plants on the list first.

 Effective Against: Formaldehyde, Ammonia, Benzene, Carbon Monoxide

Palm Trees

The sight of palm trees can transport you to a tropical paradise any day of year. They can also help make the air in your home as refreshing as a warm ocean breeze (if you believe hard enough).

Fantasies aside, palm trees can truly improve the air quality in your home by filtering large amounts of formaldehyde and other common pollutants.

Try out a pygmy date palm or bamboo palm. They’re the most effective palms for air purification. But keep in mind that they require some pruning as they grow in order to keep your home from turning from “tropical paradise” into “overgrown jungle”.

Effective Against: Formaldehyde, Xylene

Spider Plants

Maybe the best thing about spider plants is their ability to survive the subpar caretaking most of us are likely to provide. They need only moderate amounts of water and indirect sunlight. They thrive in temperatures that are common in most indoor settings.

The second best thing about spider plants? They’re great at removing formaldehyde from the air with their slender leaves and occasional flowers. The small size makes them a great fit for your desk at work.

Plus, they’re non-toxic—ideal for homes with small children or pets.

The worst thing about spider plants? Probably that creepy-crawly name.

Effective Against: Formaldehyde, Xylene 

Chrysanthemum

In the “Clean Air Study” commissioned by NASA, the chrysanthemum came out on top as the best plant for air purification.

Well done, mum.

You can find chrysanthemums at just about any garden center for a reasonable price. They’re excellent at removing various common irritants from the air. Plus, their flowers lend a pleasant pop of color.

One caveat: they do most of their filtering during their blooming period, which typically lasts just six weeks. An easy solution is to replant them outside once blooming is complete.

(You’ll want to make sure to keep your chrysanthemum away from pets, as the leaves are toxic when ingested.)

Effective Against: Xylene, Formaldehyde, Ammonia, Benzene

Boston Fern

Despite its name, this common household plant is native to tropical climates, which can make caring for it a bit tedious for most people.

The Boston fern needs a cool place with high humidity and indirect light, and requires constant damp soil with a few applications of fertilizer per year.

That can seem like a lot of attention. But if you’re willing to put in the work, the Boston fern is effective at filtering formaldehyde along with xylene and benzene, two byproducts of automobile exhaust.

Plant it in a hanging pot for air filtration in rooms with exposed beams or vaulted ceilings. Just keep it at arm’s reach to prevent making daily care a chore.

Effective Against: Formaldehyde, Benzene, Xylene

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5 Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

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We all want to breathe clean air anytime we can. However, the quality of the air outside is not always in our control. Automobile traffic, industry, pollen, and humidity are just some of the issues that create pollution, impacting outdoor air. Thank goodness the air inside is always clean…right?

More polluted than the air outdoors

Unfortunately, the air inside our homes is often more polluted than the air outside (about five times more, to be exact). Because of a lack of fresh air indoors, concentrations of outdoor pollution and pollution created inside can build up to toxic levels. Here are just a few of the sources of indoor pollution

Combustion Sources: You might not have a city bus in your home but that doesn’t mean the air is free from similar pollutants including carbon monoxide, radon, and super-fine particulates. These pollutants come from gas stoves, wood stoves, fireplaces, and space heaters.

Building Materials: Especially in new homes, the materials used to construct the home vaporize or “off-gas,” and enter the air. Formaldehyde from cabinets, furniture tops, and subfloors are just a few examples.

Our Pets: We may love our pets, but their presence does impact the air we breathe. Animals shed hair and their dander is a significant source of irritation for those suffering from asthma. Indoor/outdoor pets also bring in significant amounts of additional allergy triggers, including pollen.

Kids and Dog Other Biological Agents: Mold and mildew in the home from excess humidity can also create unpleasant smells and aggravate respiratory conditions. Viruses and bacteria can also be in the air indoors.

Dust: While many indoor air pollutants are invisible, we’ve all seen dust floating in the air in front of a window or light. That “dust” is made up of dander, dust mite materials, skin cells and more. Even if it doesn’t aggravate any health conditions, it’s just plain gross!

You can have a Healthy Home

While we can’t control the air outside, we can manage it indoors. Whole-home Indoor Air Quality solutions provide you and your family the ability to remove dust, dander, pollen, and other particulates. Additionally, bringing in fresh air can help lower concentrations of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and reduce humidity.

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5 Signs You Need a Basement Dehumidifier

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Signs You Need a Dehumidifier

As warmer weather approaches, most of us turn to our air conditioners to bring relief from the heat. However, humidity can play as big a role in comfort, health and home preservation as the temperature. It’s important for homeowners to know the signs that they may need a dehumidifier.

1. Bugs:

Creepy crawlers often prefer damp, dark conditions. In many homes, the crawlspace or even the basement are the perfect locations. If pests are a problem in your home, a dehumidifier in the basement or crawlspace can make your home less inviting.

2. Smells:

Perhaps the most obvious sign that moisture is a problem in your home is a damp, musty odor. The smell can be confined to the basement, or creep up into the living space from underneath the house.

3. Rust:

If you finally decided to pull the old ten speed out of the basement only to find it’s covered in rust, then moisture might be a problem.

4. Damage to Home and Possessions:

High humidity in the air can also damage wood floors, crown molding and instruments like guitars.

5. A Cold, Clammy Feeling:

While air conditions remove some moisture from the house, they don’t do as much as a dehumidifier. Because humidity makes us feel warmer, many homes have the air set lower than is comfortable in the winter — creating a home that is cool, but also damp.

Aprilaire DehumidifierMany smaller dehumidifiers sold at retail outlets do not have the capacity to handle the damp conditions in the average size home. To determine the best size and installation location for your dehumidifier, find a local Aprilaire Dealer.

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Get Relief From Allergies Now

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The early warm weather seen by much of the country means that allergy season is just around the corner — and maybe even at your doorstep if you live further south. Pollen could hit the air early this year and stay there for months — meaning an increased allergy season across the country.

While pollen counts may mean little to some people, they mean everything to allergy sufferers. An earlier or stronger allergy season could mean months of symptoms, including:

  • Itchy, puffy, red eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy skin
  • Hives
  • Trouble breathing
  • Asthma attacks
  • Fatigue

Seasonal allergies impact millions of Americans every year and there are a number of ways those individuals seek relief.

Most common relief from allergies:

Antihistamines: For most people, antihistamine pills are the primary treatment for seasonal allergies. They help block the overactive immune response (histamine release) of the body to pollen or other allergens. While some versions of the medications caused drowsiness and other side effects, second-generation medicines are generally more tolerable.

Nasal Irrigation: By using a pre-packed saline solution or a Neti pot, some people fight allergies by removing the source — the pollen. Washing pollen out of the nose can be effective before bed or if you will be inside.

Air Purifiers: Another way to prevent allergies at the source is to keep the indoor air clean. With whole-home air purifiers, people can use their home’s HVAC system to trap pollen and prevent it from circulating throughout the house.

Natural Remedies: There are also many other methods, considered more natural, that some people use to fight allergies. Acupuncture, eating local honey or even special diets are not generally medically supported as an allergy solution, although some sufferers report success.

If your allergies are starting to flare up, call an HVAC expert or visit Aprilaire.com to find out how indoor air quality solutions can help you.

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3 Tips for Better Humidification this Winter

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When dry air negatively impacts your home, you know that it’s time to turn on the humidifier. However, how do you get the most out of a whole-home humidifier?

Fortunately, whole-home solutions for humidification are very easy to use. It’s easy to have optimal humidity levels with minimal effort. However, there are few things you can do to make sure dry skin, scratchy throats and other symptoms don’t show up this winter.

Get the Most Out of Your Humidifier

  1. Change the water panel: One of the best things about whole-home humidifiers is that they require almost no maintenance. Portable units need daily water changes and cleaning. A simple water panel change once each heating season keeps your whole-home humidifier working correctly. We recommend using Genuine Aprilaire Parts in all of our humidifiers.
  2. Use automatic control: With automatic control you set the level of humidity you want and then forget about it! Automatic control reads outdoor temperature and ensures your home is comfortable while preventing window condensation during extra cold days.
  3. Have an HVAC contractor install and service: Your HVAC contractor knows the best humidifier for your home and how to keep it in tip-top shape. After it’s properly installed, the contractor can change the water panel and provide other service when working on the furnace.

Find Whole-home Solutions Today!

If you don’t have a whole-home humidifier installed yet, visit our dealer locator and find an expert near you. Aprilaire humidifiers provide improved comfort, health and protect your home with simple, efficient control.

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Why a Humidifier is a Must-Have For Babies

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Diapers, bottles, wipes, and everything else your baby needs is ready. But there’s one item that is often overlooked: a humidifier.

Your Baby’s Best Sleep

Hoping your baby will sleep through the night? Babies are much more susceptible to congestion than you are and are too young to take medicine to help relieve their symptoms. One of the major benefits of a humidifier is protection from dry air, especially in the chilly winter months when babies often become ill. A humidifier will let your baby breathe easy and help get rid of pesky mucus build-up.

Bye-Bye Bugs

Everyone knows that come winter, the dreaded cold and flu season arrives. The reason for this lies invisible in the air we breathe. Dry air is a host for bacteria and viruses, which multiply and linger for days. In humid air, these particles remain dense and sink to the floor. By maintaining a Relative Humidity level of between 30-50%, you can keep baby healthier by preventing the spread of those pesky illnesses.

Dry Skin Be Gone

Comfort is the key to your baby’s happiness. One great benefit of a humidifier is relief from dry, irritating skin. Your baby’s skin is sensitive to dry air and can become red and chapped without proper humidification. Even the best lotion is no match for a humidifier, which keeps baby’s skin clear and soft, just as it should be.

A Gift For Everyone

When considering a humidifier for your baby, a whole-home humidifier is your best option. Portable humidifiers only treat the air in a small portion of your home and chances are, if your baby’s room is dry, the rest of your home is too. If your home has central HVAC, you can take advantage of these benefits of a whole-home humidifier:

  • Less maintenance
  • No noise
  • Energy efficient
  • Out of sight
  • Out of reach

Aprilaire helps keep your family healthy and comfortable with whole-home humidifiers that automatically maintain proper moisture levels throughout your house. And that’s the truth, baby.