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Arbor Day by the Numbers: Trees and Healthy Living

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Arbor Day is important to us here at Aprilaire. We’re focused on fresh air and healthy living, and trees are a big part of that for people all over the world.

In fact, a study found that residents in urban neighborhoods with more trees reported feeling healthier than those who lived near fewer trees.

Plus, those people had fewer medical conditions, like heart disease and diabetes, and had better mental health.

Thanks, trees!

To celebrate, let’s take a look at Arbor Day by the numbers, with a focus on the impact of trees on your home environment, the local level, and worldwide.

Arbor Day: By the Numbers

Home

260 : 675

One tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year. The average person consumes about 675 pounds of oxygen per year. Try to plant enough trees on your property (as space allows, of course) to match the number of people in your home!

12% Savings

If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills could be about 3% less. In 15 years, the savings could be about 12%. The shade from trees helps lower cooling costs in the summer, and  can block winds to reduce heating costs in the winter.

$7,000+

In Portland, Oregon, homes with street trees sold for $7,130 more, on average. That’s a lot of green.

Local

2.6 tons

One acre of trees removes up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide each year. Think about that the next time you drive past trees or go for a walk in the woods. Breathe in the freshness!

50%

Roadside trees can reduce nearby indoor air pollution by more than 50%. That’s a great way to start creating a Healthy Home.

5% : 30%

The United States accounts for about 5% of the world’s population, and consumes around 30% of the world’s paper. This is a good reminder to stay mindful of the paper products we consume. And whenever you can, rely on reusable goods.

Worldwide

1/3

Global forests removed about one-third of fossil fuel emissions annually from 1990 to 2007. Along with finding alternative energy sources, trees and their purification abilities are crucial in keeping pollution in check.

3 Cities

See how trees remove air pollution in different types and sizes of cities:
– Los Angeles: 2,000 tons of air pollution removed each year
– Chicago: 18,000 tons of air pollution removed each year
– Greater Kansas City: 26,000 tons of air pollution removed each year

20%

More than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest. That’s part of the reason that groups and countries are passionate about preserving the area from logging and deforestation.

Sources:

Arbor Day Foundation:
https://www.arborday.org/trees/treefacts/

Growing Air Foundation:
http://www.growingairfoundation.org/facts/

Human Oxygen Requirements: https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/146558main_RecyclingEDA%28final%29%204_10_06.pdf

One Tree Planted:
https://onetreeplanted.org/pages/tree-facts

Scientific Reports:
https://www.nature.com/articles/srep11610

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3 Climate-Related Reasons You Need Healthy Clean Air This Fall

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What’s the State of Your Air this fall? Let’s take a look! Depending on where you reside in the nation, your air quality (indoors and outdoors) could be impacted by unplanned weather-related events, like drought, flooding, or poor air quality from nearby city smog or local wildfires.

As we fall into autumn, there are three distinct air quality inhibitors that we think about depending on where we live. Keep reading to find out what you should be on the lookout for this season and how you can protect your home and family from the residual effects outdoor air can have on your Indoor Air Quality.

The State of East Coast Air in Fall 2021

For four season lovers on the East Coast, fall ushers in orange-red leaves, pumpkin patches, warm apple cider, and you guessed it, the potential for hurricanes. While living on or by the water is a huge plus for East Coasters, hurricane season leaves less to be desired. Because hurricanes can affect areas more than 100 miles inland, this weather event poses a threat to your family’s and home’s safety, no matter how far off the coast you reside.

For many, resulting air quality issues are often forgotten in the aftermath. Although hurricanes tend to be brief, yet disruptive, they can leave a lasting effect on your air quality once the storm rolls by. Plus, floodwaters and damage from high-speed winds and rain can lead to excess moisture in the air, leaving behind the potential for unwanted mold growth indoors.

Hurricane Season: What to Expect in 2021

Who could forget last year’s record-breaking season? According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the 2020 season “serves as a reminder to all residents in coastal regions or areas prone to inland flooding from rainfall to be prepared for the 2021 season.” But, is 2021 predicted to be as worrisome as 2020? Yes…and no.

Like the record-breaking 2020 season, says Live Science, “2021 is expected to see above-average activity. The NOAA predicts a 70% probability that there will be a total of 13 to 20 named storms this season. Of those, they expect 6 to 10 to reach hurricane status, up to 5 as major hurricanes with at least 111 mph winds.”

With this research in mind, it’s safe to say that East Coasters should prepare for an above-normal hurricane season. How can you ensure that you and your family are protected through the season’s end in November? Equip your home with the necessary Aprilaire Healthy Air solutions now for better Indoor Air Quality year-round—no matter what weather event is passing through your region.

Hurricane Season: Protecting Your Indoor Air Quality

To keep your indoor air healthy throughout hurricane season, you’ll need to opt for a whole-home, award-winning solution: the Aprilaire Healthy Air System™! Each of the components of the Aprilaire Healthy Air System™ are crucial to filling your home with Healthy Air and protecting your family from the aftermath of a hurricane, including the residual air quality concerns that can trickle in from outside.

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Here’s how each award-winning component helps your family Breathe the Fullness of Life at home during hurricane season and beyond:

  • Aprilaire fresh air ventilation and air filtration work together to help capture and remove mold spores and other indoor particulates like dust, pollen, and viruses.
  • By controlling your humidity with an Aprilaire dehumidifier, you can help remove moisture from inside your home, limiting mold’s ability to grow. Balancing your home’s humidity within our Healthy Humidity Zone (between 40–60%) will help keep your family protected from mildew, airborne viruses, and home damage like wood warp.

The State of West Coast Air in Fall 2021

Fall for West Coasters looks a little different. While the air may (in a typical season) cool slightly, making way for activities like hiking, autumn and its weather concerns can leave you on the edge of your seat.

No matter how far you are from the source of a wildfire, the threat of smoke-filled skies, property damage, and health concerns can stir up feelings of worry throughout your community. Wildfire burns create excessive amounts of smoke, polluting the air outdoors for miles. And since wildfires travel quickly, smoke can enter your home at a moment’s notice, impacting the health of you and your family and potentially creating long-term respiratory issues. Even if you are able to evacuate, there will still be lingering smoke in your indoor air after it’s been deemed safe to return.

Wildfire Season: What to Expect in 2021

You guessed it—this wildfire season is also predicted to be above-average, and we have the climate crisis to thank for that. With most of the nation currently experiencing droughts and higher temperatures, experts predict wildfire season could last longer than normal.

Of the wildfire news we’ve heard so far this year, one story highlights the poor impact these burns have on our air quality no matter how close or far you live from the source. In July, Oregon’s Bootleg Fire (the nation’s largest wildfire) burned for hundreds of square miles, creating an overwhelming amount of smoke and ash that East Coasters in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania even experienced! Although the wildfire was burning throughout Oregon, the air quality in these three eastern states, which are over 2,500 miles away, was impacted for days. This phenomenon further underscores the importance of implementing Indoor Air Quality solutions inside your home, no matter your location.

Wildfire Season: Protecting Your Indoor Air Quality

When the air quality outside your door is threatened, it’s important to keep windows closed and turn off in-home ventilation systems to protect the air inside your home. With the addition of an Aprilaire whole-home air purifier and MERV 16 air filter, you can remove fine particles from your air, ensuring you’re Breathing the Fullness of Life with Healthy Air. Aprilaire MERV 16 filters can remove up to 99%* of allergy and asthma triggers, including smoke, pollen, mold, and more. As a bonus, these filters also reduce up to 96%* of virus-sized particles that can make you sick.

The State of Fall Allergies in 2021

Yes, allergies come back around in the fall and after a pretty pollen-filled spring season, we don’t have much relief to look forward to this time around. And, with air pollution playing a critical role in triggering allergy symptoms, all regions of the nation will be impacted. Are you a fall allergy sufferer? Here’s what you need to know this year.

The spring allergy season usually sets the tone for fall. If there’s too much rain in the spring, it could lead to mold growth that forces your symptoms to last throughout the fall. Another common trigger of fall allergies? Ragweed! Ragweed pollen can trigger your sneezes, stuffy nose, and itchy eyes. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, certain climate factors could contribute to your symptom severity, including high heat and humidity that causes mold growth and warm winds that cause pollen counts to surge.

While it’s almost impossible to control your exposure to outdoor allergens, you can suppress your exposure when indoors, thanks to Aprilaire whole-home Indoor Air Quality solutions.

Fall Allergy Season: Protecting Your Indoor Air Quality

With an Aprilaire whole-home air purifier, you can trap up to 99%* of airborne contaminants, including those that trigger your allergy and asthma symptoms! To combat the mold growth that comes as cause for concern during the fall, an Aprilaire dehumidifier will keep your home within our Healthy Humidity Zone (between 40–60%) to ensure your home feels comfortable and is protected from mold, mildew, and even airborne viruses.

Breathe the Fullness of Life with Heathy Clean Air

From coast to coast, Aprilaire has you covered with over 4,500 Healthy Air Heroes nationwide. Find a pro in your area today to discover how fresh air ventilation, air filtration, and humidity control solutions from Aprilaire can help protect your home and family from outdoor air pollutants and natural disasters this fall.

Healthy Air Is on the Way

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To learn more about what could impact your air this season and beyond, check out our State of Your Air tool.

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Fight For Air Climb 2021

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The American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb 2021

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The American Lung Association’s annual Fight For Air Climb is focusing on outdoor climbing in cities across the country. With respiratory issues at the forefront of the world’s health concerns, this fundraising effort is more important than ever.

What’s different this year?

All events will be held outdoors to help with COVID-19 safety precautions. Registrations are limited and masks and social distancing are required throughout the event. The Lung Association has secured awesome outdoor venues around the country, including iconic stadiums like American Family Field in Milwaukee. Aprilaire is a proud sponsor of the Wisconsin Fight For Air Climb and has a team of employees and family members climbing on May 22. Please join us! Hurry—space is limited.

There’s even a virtual option if you can’t make it to the climb in person. With the Climb Your Way option, you can do your own thing, like running, walking, jump roping, etc.—and still help the cause! There are online tools, challenges, and opportunities for connecting with others leading up to the event.

What hasn’t changed?

While it may look a little different, everything people have come to love about the Fight For Air Climb will be the same, like the challenge and the camaraderie. And, the way you climb is still up to you. Climb, run, or walk as fast or as slow as you need to.

Whether you participate in person or online, you can earn your Climb T-shirt and Event Finisher Medal when you reach the $150 fundraising goal for in-person climbers and $100 fundraising goal for virtual climbers. There are also additional incentives if you raise more than $175.

Why should we keep up the fight?

Lung health is critical to living a long, fulfilling life. Yet sometimes we take it for granted and don’t think of how our everyday choices and the world around us might affect our health long-term. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to prioritize the health of your lungs.  The event raises money for life-saving research, to end lung disease and COVID-19. The Climb also raises funds for critical local programing like educational programs to help local children better manage their asthma and free programs to help residents quit smoking.

According to the American Lung Association, these are some of the other ways to keep your lungs working hard for you:

Get started on your Healthy Air journey today, and join the Fight For Air Climb in your area. Now is the time to support the fight for healthy lungs and clean air for all – register for the American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb today at FightForAirClimb.org/Milwaukee!

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Breathing Healthy Air: Interview with the American Lung Association

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At Aprilaire, we encourage breathing Healthy Air because we know it benefits your overall health. The American Lung Association knows it too. That’s why Aprilaire air filters are the National Proud Partner of the American Lung Association*, playing a key role in the fight to improve lung health and prevent lung disease.

We got to interview National Senior Vice President of Development Sally Draper about the importance of Healthy Air and how both Aprilaire and the American Lung Association are working together to help you Breathe the Fullness of Life.

Could you introduce yourself for the readers and tell us about why you chose a career with the American Lung Association?

“I joined the Lung Association in 2014 because I was attracted to its comprehensive mission—to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Every day we help Americans breathe easier through our efforts to fund innovative research, advocate for policies that protect our lungs, and educate patients, caregivers, providers, and the public with science-backed information. We were founded more than 115 years ago, and the needs are greater today than ever before, including the youth vaping epidemic, climate change, and COVID-19!”

Can you tell us about the American Lung Association’s mission?

“The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Our work is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; champion clean air for all; improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and create a tobacco-free future. Whether it’s searching for cures to lung diseases, keeping kids off tobacco, or advocating for laws that protect the air we breathe, the work of the American Lung Association helps to save lives every day.”

How did Aprilaire and the American Lung Association come to work together in the first place? What does that relationship look like presently?

“Aprilaire and the American Lung Association forged a new relationship in 2018. We quickly realized how much we had in common. Our partnership was developed as we saw an opportunity to educate and help more consumers improve the air in their homes to create a healthier environment.

Since 2020, Aprilaire has been a Proud Partner of the Lung Association with its 4” residential air filters. Additionally, Aprilaire joined the Lung Association as our FY20 National Fight For Air Climb Partner For Healthy Air. The company has also supported the Lung Association’s “Stand Up For Clean Air” campaign. As part of this initiative, we are driving conversations around air quality, climate, and health. The Lung Association invited people to share their #MyCleanAirStory—knowing that when people realize climate and air quality are impacting the health of their neighbors, friends, and loved ones—they are more willing to act. Aprilaire provided prizes for the #MyCleanAirStory contest, including one grand prize of a whole-home Indoor Air Quality upgrade (the Aprilaire Healthy Air System™) and nine Aprilaire Room Air Purifiers. This year, the company stepped up once again to sponsor the Wisconsin Fight For Air Climb in Milwaukee. Also in 2021, the Lung Association welcomed Dale Philippi, President and CEO of Research Products Corporation, Aprilaire’s parent company, to the Lung Association’s Wisconsin Leadership Board of Directors.”

Tell us about the Fight For Air Climb.

“The American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb is the nation’s premier stair climbing challenge. At 38 events nationwide, children and adults of all ages participate in this celebratory stair-climbing adventure. Pre-pandemic, the Fight For Air Climb was held in several of our country’s most iconic skyscrapers. This year, the Lung Association invited participants outdoors for a one-of-a-kind adventure to support healthy lungs and clean air. In fact, Dale was among the company’s team of more than 50 employees that climbed the stairs at Milwaukee’s American Family Field on May 22nd, proving he puts his feet, time, and talent behind causes he supports.

Aprilaire has been a stalwart partner in the Fight For Air Climb, promoting the event to employees, customers, trade partners, family, and friends. Through this unique vehicle, the company is engaging individuals of all ages to understand and celebrate the importance of Healthy Air.”

Aprilaire’s air filters are a National Proud Partner of the American Lung Association. How do you feel our mission aligns with yours?

“Our CEO, Harold Wimmer, has said, ‘Breathing should not be an uphill battle, but for many it is… no one should have to fight for air on a daily basis.’ Similarly, Dale has declared, ‘We believe everyone deserves to breathe Healthy Air.’ As a National Proud Partner, Aprilaire’s mission to enhance everyone’s health by improving the air in their homes aligns very closely with that of the American Lung Association, champion of clean air for all.”

What are the benefits of breathing Healthy Air and what are everyday things that people can do to Breathe the Fullness of Life?

“Clean air is essential for healthy lungs. The American Lung Association works to ensure that the air we breathe is clean and safe from harmful pollution. In fact, every year we publish our State of the Air Report, which looks at two of the most widespread and dangerous air pollutants, ozone and fine particulate matter. Our 2021 State of the Air Report found that more than 4 in 10 Americans—over 135 million people—are living in places with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution.

One of the most important things you can do to Breathe the Fullness of Life is to keep sources of pollution out of your home. Check out these commonsense tips on Lung.org. Additionally, ventilation helps reduce indoor air pollution, but it works best if paired with keeping known sources of air pollution out of the building. For tips on how to use ventilation to protect your lung health, check out our section on Ventilation: How Buildings Breathe.”

Fight for Healthy Air

At Aprilaire, we believe everyone deserves to Breathe the Fullness of Life, and we’re not the only ones that feel this way. Through our Proud Partnership with the American Lung Association, we aim to fill every home with Healthy Air. Both Aprilaire and the Lung Association believe that breathing Healthy Air should be available to everyone, and maintaining healthy Indoor Air Quality is an important step for your lung health. Read more about our partnership and the efforts of the American Lung Association on their website.

*Disclaimer: The American Lung Association does not endorse any product, device, or service.

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2021: Aprilaire’s Good Neighbor Values

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We take the importance of caring for others to heart at Aprilaire. We believe we have a purpose beyond the individual work we do and that being a successful company also means “Being a Good Neighbor.” It’s one of our core values, and something we put into action each year.

We remain committed to helping our local communities in a number of ways, including financial contributions and volunteering. In the past, we’ve raised funds to provide pack-n-plays to mothers in need, volunteered at local blood drives, and held various donation drives throughout the year.

While our partnership opportunities may look different in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re excited to continue our work with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, whose mission statement reads:

“A membership organization, the Society began working in Madison in 1925 with two parish-based groups of members serving their neighbors in need. Today, programs the Society operates in Dane County include a large customer-choice food pantry, a charitable pharmacy, storage for the goods of persons who are homeless, seven thrift stores offering direct charity, housing at Port St. Vincent de Paul and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton House, and several other forms of assistance for people struggling with poverty.”

We’ve been working with St. Vincent de Paul – Madison since 2014, giving us a number of incredible opportunities to give back and live out our mission of being Good Neighbors.

We believe the work they’re doing to provide assistance for our community is more important than ever right now, which is why it’s our honor to be a 2021 Platinum Sponsor for St. Vincent de Paul’s 6th Annual Care Café fundraising breakfast on May, 5th 2021. The theme is “Love Made Visible.”

They’re going virtual this year, which means they have unlimited capacity to reach their goal of $140,000. If you live in Dane County, we encourage you to attend the virtual event and support our neighbors in need through your contributions to the food pantry, free pharmacy, and housing programs.

 Click here for more information on St. Vincent de Paul – Madison to see how you can get involved.

Or find a charity in your area that you may be able to connect with to make an impact.

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Experts Say Flights Can Resume, But Bring Increased Risks

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Air quality experts say that it is safe to resume flying, but travelers must take advanced precautions before traveling like taking shorter flights when possible, wearing masks, and social distancing. 

In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, Joseph Allen, an assistant professor of exposure assessment science at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, makes the case that airplanes do not make you sick. In fact, airplanes have comparable levels of air filtration and fresh air ventilation to a health care facility

Flights May Be Less Comfortable With Recommendations

He argues that airlines should continue disinfecting high-touch areas such as armrests and tray tables, stop in-flight food service, mandate mask-wearing, and ask patrons to keep their above ventilation fan on throughout the flight. While these adjustments make flying less enjoyable, they can help reduce in-flight virus transmission. Masks are currently required on public transportation. 

Allen is not the only one saying it is safe to resume flying. 

‘Safer Than Eating At A Restaurant’

Linsey Marr, an engineering professor at Virginia Tech, in a CNN article writes, “When HEPA ventilation systems are running on a plane and everyone is masked, the risk of Covid-19 is greatly reduced and makes air travel on a big jet safer than eating at a restaurant.”

Activities Create Biggest Risks

She and Allen argue that the biggest risks in airline travel stem from activities like the pre-flight boarding process or when a flight is delayed and people are stuck on the plane. Marr, who has been wearing an air quality monitor when she travels, said CO2 levels are elevated during these aforementioned activities and are indicative of a lack of fresh air ventilation. 

Marr told CNN that “A CO2 (carbon dioxide) level of 3,000 ppm means that for every breath I take in, about 7% of the air is other people’s exhaled breath…like drinking someone else’s backwash!”

The airport also presents other problems for travelers.

Allen suggests airports create more touchless experiences, upgrade their HVAC system, and require masks. Some updates have already been implemented in some airports or will be implemented in the future. 

Other experts suggest carrying your own personal hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and sticking to shorter flights

Even though there are risks to flying, Marr and Allen say you are clear for takeoff this summer