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Quitting Time – The Great American Smokeout

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No one smokes anymore, right?

Despite mounting laws, taxes, and societal pressures, tobacco use persists all across the United States.

Smoking is on the rise

It’s true that cigarette usage remains low compared to what it was decades ago, but the American Cancer Society reports that cigars, pipes, hookahs, and other ways to consume tobacco are on the rise in recent years.

In fact, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, with an estimated $300 billion a year in costs attributed to smoking-related illness.

Perhaps most striking is this number: 480,000. That’s the estimated number of Americans who die from smoking each year.

And that’s why we support The Great American Smokeout.

The Great American Smokeout

This nationwide event serves as an intervention and support system for those who are ready to quit smoking and for those who want someone they know to consider a change.

The cause is simple: Quit smoking for one day.

That one day (November 16, 2017) without smoking can start a positive, lasting change in someone’s life. But even if it lasts for only that one day, that’s a step in the right direction.

For all the reasons people decide to smoke–stress, habit, image–there are just as many reasons to quit: improving health, saving money, protecting family and friends. And it’s all worth it.

In order to stop smoking, many people need strong, consistent support. So for tips that can help you or a loved one quit smoking, visit the provided links to The Great American Smokeout website.

And please join us Thursday, November 16th, in putting down the tobacco and saving all that smoking for the Thanksgiving turkey.

You’ll be glad you did.

 

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Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

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When you think of Thanksgiving crafts for kids, your mind likely immediately jumps to the cute hand turkeys your little one traced, cut, and colored themselves at school. Well, this Thanksgiving craft is a bit different. It’s bigger, more interactive, and it’s certainly going to make a statement. We know your little one is going to love this!

Thanksgiving Craft Materials Needed

Thanksgiving Craft Instructions

Step One: Choose which end of the Aprilaire replacement filter you’d like to be the top of your turkey tail. Locate the thin band of cloth nearest the edge of filter on either side and use scissors to cut it off. This will allow you to fan the turkey tail further.

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Step Two: Once your turkey tail is fanned, lay it flat and spray paint it orange, yellow and then brown. Tip: Use a piece of poster board to get nice, even paint lines.

One thing to note, spray paint contains VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) which can impact your well-being once inhaled. We suggest spray painting your turkey tail in a well-ventilated area, ideally outdoors. This will help prevent these VOCs from entering your home where you or anyone in your family can breathe them in.

If you don’t have the ability to spray paint outdoors, consider utilizing space in your garage. Keep the garage door open to increase air flow, but leave the door to your home closed to prevent VOCs from entering. If you choose to, consider wearing a dust mask or a bandana over your nose and mouth for extra protection.

thanksgiving-craft-step-twoStep Three: Once your turkey tail is dry, fasten a 2” spring clamp to the back of it near the bottom. This helps keep your turkey tail fanned while also helping to keep it upright.

thanksgiving-craft-step-threeStep Four: Place your pumpkin in front of your fanned, upright turkey tail. The pumpkin will represent the body of the turkey. From there, hot glue an elongated gourd to the pumpkin to represent the turkey’s neck. To add a bit of pizazz to your DIY Thanksgiving craft for kids, surround your creation with pine cones and leaves, adding that festive autumn touch.

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Get Your Home Ready for the Baby

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As you get ready to welcome your new baby, you already know that for everything you can prepare for, two more will take you by surprise. All the more reason to get ready what you can now! One thing all parents should be aware of is what changes they need to make to their home before a little one is scampering around.

Get Your Home Baby Safety Ready

As Parents Magazine reminds us, “babies become mobile practically overnight.” Before your due date, walk around your house and think like a baby.

Hit the floor: Remember, your baby’s world takes place 5 or 6 feet lower than yours. Crouch down and observe your home from this level. Baby safety takes place at all levels.

  • Look for outlets that are exposed and install a safe plate or safety cover.
  • Look for cleaning products or dangerous chemicals that are within baby’s reach and move them to a different location.
  • Secure cabinets with magnetic locks. These mechanisms fit most compartments and are invisible from the living space side of the cabinet.
  • While you’re down there… sweep and clean. Look under book shelves or entertainment centers for dirt, debris, a dropped screw, or a missing earring that baby will just love to put in her mouth.

Review the medicine cabinet: When it comes to baby safety, what’s in and what’s not in your locked medicine cabinet is very important.

  • As already stated, make sure the location can be locked, especially if it’s low to the ground. You may also want to clear your cabinet of medicines you plan to avoid while nursing.
  • Talk to your doctor about what medicines they recommends for newborns and stock up early. When your baby gets a fever, colic or upset stomach, you’ll want to make them feel better, not run out to the store.
  • Stock up on first aid. A paper towel and duct tape might cut if for your husband’s boo boos, but for your baby, you’ll want Band-Aids and an approved antiseptic.

Don’t forget your Indoor Air Quality: Protect your newborn from indoor air pollution and an uncomfortable environment. Again, baby safety takes place at all levels and air quality is as equally important for your baby’s health as any other precaution.

  • Air Purifiers: A whole-home air purifier can remove allergens, asthma triggers and dust. All of which your little one may be more sensitive too.
  • Humidifiers:Humidification, especially during dry colder months is essential. Properly humidified air prevents the spread of flu viruses and can help ease the symptoms of colds and respiratory infections.
  • HVAC system check: Consider having your HVAC contractor do a check of your system before you bring baby home. You won’t want your air conditioner or furnace to suddenly go out with a new baby in the house. Your contractor can also help you decide on other IAQ upgrades for your baby!
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Allergy-Friendly Alternatives for Popular School Lunches

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Popular School Lunch Alternatives for Children with Food Allergies

Dealing with food allergies? We know it can be stressful to deal with allergies of any kind. And when it comes to snack time, it’s tough enough to pack a school lunch that your kid actually wants to eat, which makes it even more difficult when your child has food allergies.

Even if you don’t have allergies in your family, your kids’ school may limit certain types of food to help protect other kids. If diet do’s and don’ts have you scratching your head for snack ideas, don’t give up hope! There are so many options available that make it easy to work around food restrictions.

Our favorite is the bento box-style lunch. This makes it easy to deconstruct popular lunches into individual components, so you can be sure they’re safe for your child! Try out these options for different food restrictions to find meals any child will enjoy.

Dairy-Free

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

From Just Take A Bite: Using healthy cheese substitutes is a great way to give kids that gooey texture they love without the dairy. This recipe uses pureed squash, and it’s a perfect match for classic tomato soup.

Nut-Free

PB&J

From Minimalist Baker: This recipe for sunflower butter lets you make a classic PB&J without the nuts! Top off the bento with carrots, chips, and other crunchy options to pair with the creamy, delicious sandwich!

Gluten-Free

Spaghetti

From Momables: This spaghetti and tomato sauce alternative uses spiralized zucchini for gluten-free perfection. Try pairing the main course with fruit slices and Parmesan cheese.

Paleo

Cold Cuts

From Our Paleo Life: The classic lunch sandwich gets a paleo upgrade. Ditch the bread and focus on proteins and seasonal vegetables. And don’t forget a sweet treat to top off this tasty meal.

Grain-Free

Pizza

From Following In My Shoes: This deconstructed pizza option is what every kid wants! Almond and coconut flours make it grain-free without sacrificing on texture or taste, and a simple side of fruit makes this a full, satisfying lunch.

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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.