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Cheese Costume Turns Young Ones in to Little Muensters

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Halloween is nearly here! To show our Wisconsin pride, we turned one of our Aprilaire boxes into a fun, do it yourself cheese costume that you can do with your little cheesehead.

Cheese Costume Materials Needed

  • 1 large box (ours measures 18”x 18”x 18”)
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Round objects to trace
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Yellow paint and paint roller
  • Ribbon

Cheese Costume Instructions

  1. Find a square box large enough to fit around your child’s torso. The box should be comfortable enough for them to move around in while also fitting snug enough to not fall off of them as they run around this Halloween. This will be the base of your cheese costume. Flatten the box and cut off all of the box flaps using a craft knife. (Do not allow your child to use the craft knife.)Cheese Costume Materials
  2. Cut off all but a three-inch flap top to bottom from one of the sides of the box. This strip will be used as a flap to hot glue the box to itself together later.Cheese-Costume-Step-One
  3. Use round objects from around your home – paper plates, duct tape rolls, coffee cans, etc. – to trace various round objects on the flattened box with your child. Carefully cut out the traced circles with a craft knife. These will eventually become your cheese holes. Be mindful that two of these holes will also function as armholes for your little cheesehead. Cheese Costume-Step-Two
  4. Reassemble the box as a triangle, hot gluing the 3-inch flap onto the interior side of the corresponding side of the box.Cheese-Costume-Step-Three
  5. Paint the box yellow. Cheese-Costume-Step-Four
  6. Make shoulder straps by cutting four three-inch squares from reserved cardboard. Cut ribbon to create shoulder straps – ours measured up to 14 inches long). Use cardboard squares to sandwich the ribbon to the interior of the box, securing with hot glue. Cheese-Costume-Finish

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Set Aprilaire Reminders using Amazon Alexa

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Aprilaire IAQ  for Amazon Alexa

So, you’re an Alexa user. And, chances are, since you’re an Alexa user, you may have already enabled the Aprilaire skill for your Amazon Echo device. (If not, we strongly suggest you stop reading this and read this instead.) You’re probably enjoying being able to take command of your home, calling out various temperatures for Alexa to set your thermostat to without having to get up from that delicious meal you just sat down to eat. It gets better though. Did you know that you can also set Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) reminders to keep the air in your home fresh and healthy year-round?

Here are some of the ways reminders can help you keep your castle’s IAQ up and running without lifting a finger.

Replace Your Filters on Time

No matter the shape or size, it’s best to replace your air filters regularly before they’re rendered useless by the very dirt and grime they filter out of your air.

There’s just one problem: air filter replacement may be the most obscure, least stimulating task each of us will ever have to check off our to-do lists.

Don’t worry. We’re not offended by this reality. In fact, as a company that sells air filters, we’ve come to terms with it.

That’s why we want to make it easier to help you remember when to change your filters with Alexa.

For better indoor air quality, a healthier, happier home and more money in your pocket from energy savings, just ask Alexa to set a IAQ reminder for filter replacements, depending on the type of filter your home uses.

If you have pets, live in a particular dusty part of town or tend to use your HVAC system more than the Average Joe, you may want to set that filter replacement reminder a little earlier. If you happen to travel a lot and aren’t at home all that often, set your filter replacement reminder a little later.

For optimal times, your HVAC service professional should be able to estimate the lifespan of your filter for you.

Either way, set it and forget it until Alexa reminds you to replace it.

Get Ideal Temperature Based on Climate

There are two types of people in this world:

  1. Those who live in sweltering conditions so they’ll never have to shovel snow
  2. Those who live nearly anywhere else because they just “love seasons” so much

No matter where you live, knowing how your home is interacting with the outside world is beneficial to maintaining indoor air temperatures, which can save you money on energy costs down the road.

If that sounds enticing to you, just ask Alexa to send you seasonal reminders every four months to check your indoor air temperature. Staying on top of your indoor air temperature as it relates to the weather outside prevents your HVAC system from having to work twice as hard to heat or cool your home.

And that’s how you preemptively save on energy costs.

Maintain Your Indoor Humidity

As outdoor humidity rises, so does your indoor humidity, which can attract dust mites, mold and even ruin the beautiful wood furnishings in your home. Not only that, but humidity also plays a large role in furthering allergy symptoms.

Ideally, you want to keep your indoor humidity between 30-50% to optimize your overall indoor air quality.

For that, there’s Alexa.

Simply ask Alexa to remind you to check your humidity once a month – or however often you’d prefer, based on the climate you live in – ensuring that your humidity is always on point.

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Alexa is not just for IAQ reminders. Learn the other Aprilaire Alexa skill commands you’ll need to command control of your home year-round.

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Aprilaire’s Pure Fit Promise to You and Your Family

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Your family is important to you. You’ve promised yourself to keep them feeling comfortable and healthy, especially in the home. We want to help you feel confident that you’re doing that with our Pure Fit Promise.

Pure Fit Promise

Our whole-home air purifiers help remove harmful particles form your home. Particles like pollen, pet dander, bacteria and even viruses. Trapping these particles helps reduce asthma, allergies, and other health and comfort conditions related to polluted indoor air.

The Pure Fit Promise is our guarantee. When you use genuine Apriliare air filters in our air purifiers, it was made specifically for your system. As long as proper filter maintenance is kept up, your air purifier will deliver the same protection promised to you the day it was installed.

Other Benefits of Aprilaire Filters and Purifiers

Self-Seal™ Technology

Our Patented Self-Seal™ technology reduces bypass, improving filter performance and providing superior protection of your home and Indoor Air Quality health.

Interlock Rail System

The Interlock Rail System allows your high-performance air filter to work without cardboard or metal reinforcements, meaning the fit is perfect every time!

Clean-Coil Commitment

Our air purifier filters are so effective at removing contaminants that are harmful to your family and your HVAC equipment, we offer you a 10-year guarantee.

Trust Aprilaire to deliver on its promise of a Healthy Home so you can deliver on yours! Order genuine replacement parts for your purifier today or locate a professional in your area to have a solution installed.

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Air Quality Experiment: Teaching Kids About Air Quality

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For kids affected by asthma and allergies, air quality is a big concern at home and school. In fact, the EPA suggests that a school’s physical environment (cleanliness, air quality, etc.) can play a major role in academic performance.

It’s important for kids to understand the concepts of allergens, air particles, and pollution so they can start to take control of their daily health and performance.

Here’s a simple activity you can do with your kids to show them that there are things in the air we can’t see. It’s a great way to start a conversation about protecting ourselves during allergy season and staying healthy in polluted areas.

What’s In The Air We Breathe?: An Air Quality Experiment

Time Required

Preparation: 20 minutes

Waiting: 24 hours

Analysis: 30 minutes

Materials Needed:

  • Wooden Block or Brick (or other heavy object)
  • Clear Plastic (enough to cover brick)
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Duct Tape
  • Blank White Paper

Air Quality Experiment Procedure:

  1. Secure the piece of plastic to a wooden block, brick, or other heavy object using the duct tape.
  2. Coat the top of the plastic with a smooth, thin layer of petroleum jelly.
  3. Identify an outdoor location that is mostly open with decent air circulation (on a fence post is preferable to on the ground).
  4. Let the plastic sit for at least 24 hours (avoid rainy/snowy days).
  5. Collect the plastic and bring it inside.
  6. Remove the plastic and place it on the blank white paper.
  7. Examine the plastic for any particles collected, and make a list of these particles, describing them as well as possible.
  8. These are small particles floating in the air we breathe. Kids can see a clear representation of what they’re breathing, and you can discuss why it matters.
  9. Optional: Create two plastic/block sensors and place them in different locations – at home/at school, indoor/outdoor. Then compare the particles collected by each.

Source: Education.com

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Top Maintenance Tips for a Healthy Home this Fall

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If you’re not a fan of cutting the grass and pulling weeds, you may be excited that fall means weekend chores may become a little lighter. However, don’t close up the yard shed just yet! You can make the winter and next spring easier on yourself by tackling a few more projects this weekend.

 

Fall – with its cooler temperatures – is a great time to finish up some outdoor to-do’s when the sun is not blazing down. It’s also essential to make sure you’re ready for winter before it strikes and that requires some work on your home: inside and out. Here are a few tips to make sure you have a Healthy Home this fall and winter.

3 Outdoor Home Maintenance Tips

  1. Additional lighting – As the days get shorter, sprucing up walkways with ground lighting adds ambience as well as an added level of safety.
  2. Walk and caulk – Reducing energy bills, preventing drafts and keeping critters out of the house in the winter starts with a fresh bead of caulk around windows, siding and joints.
  3. Mulch garden beds – Adding fresh mulch around landscaping can help protect perennial plants from cold temperatures and keep weeds down next spring. It’s a fall home maintenance project that can also reduce work next summer.

3 Indoor Home Maintenance Tips

Of course, no fall home maintenance checklist is complete without ensuring the inside of a home is warm and cozy on cool fall nights. Here are some tasks to complete indoors each fall:

  1. Furnace Clean & Check – Your furnace is the heart of your house. It keeps it warm and cozy when the weather outside is anything but. However, it needs a yearly checkup to ensure it doesn’t stop working when you need it the most. Call an HVAC professional today to have it properly inspected and cleaned.
  2. Check your humidifier – Ensure whole-home humidifiers have a clean water panel and are working properly. A water panel change is essential to maintaining your humidifier. Proper humidification protects wood floors, instruments, art and furniture from dry air. It can also have positive impacts on health and comfort. Air that is too dry causes static shock, itchy skin, sore throat and other health issues.
  3. Improve air purification – When fall begins, it’s also a good reminder that it’s time to replace air purifier filters. A whole-home air purifier can also trap fall allergens, and bacteria and viruses, helping to keep families healthy all year round.

Home maintenance in fall is essential to keeping family members safe and comfortable during the winter.

Fall Wellness

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Fall Wellness Tips for Your Home Environment

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You try your best to stay healthy this time of year by getting flu shots and washing your hands regularly, but don’t forget about allergies. Fall can be the worst time of the year for allergy sufferers, especially those sensitive to ragweed.

How can allergies affect your family? The air in your home can become filled with irritants a number of ways. Let’s say it’s your turn to throw the post-game party for your kid’s soccer team, or you’re hosting a gameday get-together with friends. In these situations, lots of people are moving in and out of your home, bringing with them allergens, dirt, and dust. This can jeopardize the health of your home environment and make the fall season uncomfortable for your family.

Try out some simple steps to keep the air in your home fresh and breathable throughout the fall season.

Keep Allergens Out

Common fall allergens like ragweed, pollen, and mold can stick to your shoes and clothes, especially after you’ve done yard work or other outdoor activities. One fall wellness solution is to set up a space in your garage to keep shoes and jackets. If you don’t have a garage, try to keep them contained in the front closet, and make sure to change out of outdoor clothes before moving throughout your home. This can actually keep your home more clean year-round.

Clean Regularly

Dust is a nuisance any time of year, so it’s important to regularly sweep and vacuum all areas of the home to prevent asthma irritations.

Mold is an even bigger concern in the fall, especially if warmer temperatures linger and prevent the first freeze from killing off spores and other particles. Old piles of wet leaves can quickly lead to mold issues that can be brought into your home, and other damp outdoor conditions can seep into your basement. Use a dehumidifier if necessary, and don’t allow wet garments to sit for long periods of time.

Breathe Easy

Using an air purifier is a great way to keep your home healthy and improve fall wellness. Whole-home purifiers can remove allergens of all sizes (including ragweed, mold, dust, and more), and it’s all done in the background using your preexisting heating and cooling system. Plus, our air purifiers can be controlled and programmed with your phone through our Wi-Fi thermostats. This allows you to schedule air cleanings after you host an event or if allergy counts are particularly high, helping to keep your entire home environment consistently healthy.

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Fall Allergies: What They Are and How To Prevent Them

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Most of us think of summer and spring when it comes to runny noses and itchy eyes. But along with all those changing colors, fall brings a set of its own allergies that you should be aware of.

Ragweed is the main allergy culprit during fall. These months are when the plants pollinate and send billions of pollen grains into the air, allowing the wind to transport them up to hundreds of miles, straight to your nose, of course.

Other sources of fall allergies include mold and other weeds like goldenrod, curly dock, sheep sorrel, and sagebrush. Areas east of the Rocky Mountains are especially susceptible to high pollen in the fall.

Use Heating and Cooling Systems

It can be tempting to open up all the windows in the fall, but that’s not the smartest way to regulate the temperature indoors. Open windows make it easy for allergens to build up on your furniture, your clothes, and in the air inside your home. So when the changing temperatures of fall make you too hot or too cold, rely on your heating and cooling systems to do what they do. And if you have an air filtration system, use it during peak allergy times. They will keep your house comfortable and reduce your allergy concerns, even if your energy bill will go up a bit.

Know When To Stay Inside

We all love being outdoors during the fall months, but all those changing colors and mild temperatures can impact our health. Fall allergens are at their peak between 5 and 10 a.m. and can be a major problem on windy days. If you need to be outside during that time and can’t avoid windy days, try wearing a face mask or other breathing filter.

Lingering warm weather can also impact your breathing, as it allows mold and pollen to survive and spread. Allergens don’t completely clear out until the first freeze of the year.

Take A Break From The Rake

Raking the yard can seem like an endless task, and it’s even worse for those who suffer from fall allergies. Leaves can hold onto allergens that then get lifted into the air during raking, which makes it easy for you to breathe them in. A simple fix is to hire a landscaping service or find someone in your neighborhood who will take care of the raking for you. Old leaves in your gutters can be an issue too—especially when it comes to mold—so have them cleaned out regularly.