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Professionals Needed: Here Are The Home Projects You Should Never DIY

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So you bought your first house and can’t wait to rip up that crummy carpet. Go for it! But if you hit dirt, you might need to call in backup. As more millennials take the plunge into home ownership, it’s becoming more and more common to see DIY projects big and small. Things like carpet removal are doable. But no matter how many tips and tricks you’ve picked up from HGTV, Pinterest, or YouTube, there are some projects that simply aren’t worth the money, time, or risk to do yourself.

Setting Limits on DIY Home Projects

Skill Level for DIY Home Projects:

For some people, DIY is a way of life. For the rest of us, we need to be honest about our skills and level of experience. Sometimes a “simple” job can actually be a lot more complex than it appears. Hire a professional for these projects before you try it yourself and make a mistake that costs way more to fix.

  • Paving your driveway
  • Custom kitchen and bathroom jobs – backsplashes, flooring, countertops
  • Pest removal
  • Window Installation

Time Commitment for DIY Home Projects:

Some home improvement jobs can take weeks to complete when you try to do them yourself. For big projects, hiring a professional will mean a quicker and more efficient job done well so you can get back to enjoying your home without interruptions.

  • Large landscaping projects
  • Flooring
  • Demolition

Permission for DIY Home Projects:

Some home improvement projects require permits due to building codes. Save yourself the headache, and possible code violation, by hiring a professional who’s familiar with the process when it comes to these types of jobs.

  • Additions and remodels
  • Deck or patio addition
  • Major electrical/plumbing work
  • Pool installation and repairs

Safety Risk for DIY Home Projects:

If there’s any question of your ability to do something without injury or structural damage to your home, it’s most definitely a job for a professional.

  • Mold, asbestos, lead removal
  • Tree removal
  • Roof and foundation repairs
  • HVAC system installation and repair

When you’ve decided you need a pro, try to keep the process simple to save you time and headaches. Start by reaching out to a few trusted contractors in your area to get estimates on the work, (recommendations from friends are a great place to start) and then consider price and professionalism before making your decision.

When it comes to HVAC work, we make it easy to find a pro. Along with plumbing and electrical work, HVAC is an area where it’s crucial to get the job done right the first time.

Sources:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/millennials-take-on-diy-projects-with-more-confidence-and-budgeting-discipline-than-previous-generations-300813538.html

https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/10-home-projects-you-should-always-hire-a-pro-for/

https://www.ahs.com/home-matters/quick-tips/8-household-projects-to-leave-to-professionals/

https://www.rd.com/home/improvement/diy-home-improvement-projects/

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/projects-you-should-not-diy_n_3923456

https://www.hallerent.com/blog/when-to-call-professional-for-home-improvement-repairs/

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The Benefits of Air Purification + Giveaway Details

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What comes to mind when you think of fall? Football? Changing leaves? Pumpkin spice…everything? We can bet air purifiers are one of the last things on your mind.

If you find yourself sniffling this time of year from elevated ragweed levels or mold from those piles of wet leaves, we’re here to help. Let’s see why air purification is crucial in controlling fall allergy symptoms, and in creating a Healthy Home environment.

Where Air Purifiers Make A Difference

    • Regions With Wildfires
      Are annual wildfires the new normal in the western United States?
    • In-Home Pets
      Maybe someone in the family gets stuffy every time the cat comes around, or that hypoallergenic dog isn’t as clean as you expected?
    • Home Renovations: VOCs And “Off-gassing”
      Paint fumes, new carpets, and everyday activities like cooking and cleaning bring harmful substances into your home.
    • Indoor Air Pollution
      The air inside your home can be more heavily polluted than the outdoors.
    • City Living
      Trying to guess what that smell is wafting in from the street below
    • Home Gyms
      You’ve put a lot of money and effort into your home gym. But don’t let it smell like a locker room.
    • Fireplace and Stove Heaters
      As the temperatures drop and the sound of a crackling fire calls to you, make sure you’re not breathing in smoke and fumes.
    • Fall Allergies

As we move into fall, many of the areas above will have an impact on the air quality of your home environment. And don’t forget about these factors as you prepare for fall allergens.

Can An Air Purifier Protect Against COVID-19?

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is another area of interest when it comes to air purifiers in the home. Early findings showed that HEPA filters could remove virus-sized particles, but is that enough to make a difference in the safety of the air we’re breathing?

Researchers continue to learn more about how the coronavirus spreads, though questions remain over the exact details. Current research indicates that the virus is spread primarily through respiratory droplets that stay in the air for a short amount of time.  This is why social distancing of six feet and the use of masks in public are effective means of stopping the spread of the virus.

However, because these respiratory droplets are filled with saliva, mucus, water, and other bodily fluids, they are larger and much heavier than viral particles. That means they fall out of the air more quickly, which is important to note in relation to air purification.

The Environmental Protection Agency states that air purifiers alone are not enough to remove the risk of contracting COVID-19, but they can be an important piece of an overall strategy to improve the safety of indoor spaces.

Stand Up For Clean Air – Product Giveaway!

An air purifier can make a huge difference on the air you breathe, whether you’re using a stand-alone unit or a whole-home system.

And we want you to experience it for yourself.

Aprilaire is proud to support the American Lung Association’s Stand Up For Clean Air initiative, recognizing the 50th anniversary this year of the Clean Air Act, which has helped reduce air pollution across the country.

As part of this initiative, the American Lung Association has launched the #MyCleanAirStory Contest and is giving away:

To enter for a chance to win, share a photo or video on Twitter or Instagram and explain why you care about clean air, or discuss how climate change is impacting your life. Be sure to use the #MyCleanAirStory hashtag and tag @LungAssociation in your post. Don’t forget to submit your post as well via Lung.org/mycleanairstory.

The deadline for the contest is September 27, 2020. Winners will be announced on October 2, 2020.

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Rebates for ENERGY STAR®- Certified Aprilaire Products

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ENERGY STAR® Rebates

Sustainability and wellness are more than just trends at Aprilaire. We are seeking ways to reduce energy consumption with our products while also providing innovative technology and increased efficiency to improve your home’s indoor air quality. ENERGY STAR® is in pursuit of the same goal.

To encourage energy-efficient purchases, ENERGY STAR® has compiled a list of offerings for ENERGY STAR® certified products from energy companies across the United States. Consumers can search by zip code or product type to see if any incentives or rebates are available in their area.

ENERGY STAR® recently awarded several of our products for their energy-efficiencies including our 1870 Dehumidifier, and our 8144NC and 8145 Ventilation Systems.

ENERGY STAR®-rated products provide long-term cost-savings and energy-efficiency to lower the economic and environmental burden of energy consumption. In fact, in 2018, ENERGY STAR® – rated products saved consumers and companies $35B in energy costs. Products under the ENERGY STAR® label are available for rebates and incentives.

ENERGY STAR®-certified products do not just save money. They also increase a home’s indoor air quality.

Products That Save Money and Improve IAQ

The 1870 removes excess moisture from the home to help reduce mold spores, pests, and to protect indoor furnishings from warping. Our digital control makes it easy for you to set the relative humidity that is appropriate for your house. The 1870 is low maintenance with no messy trays to empty, and simple annual filter cleaning or replacement.

The 8145 is designed to bring the right amount of air into the home. Ventilation helps dilute airborne contaminants by bringing in fresh outdoor air. When installed, the 8145 meets several codes and is part of the Healthy Air System™. Ventilation is a critical component for homes, which are built for energy efficiency. As a result, airborne contaminants build up inside the home and can make residents sick. A ventilation system helps bring in fresh air to dilute those contaminants to help increase the home’s indoor air quality.

The 8144NC is built for multi-family homes. It provides the same level of care and attention to the indoor environment as the 8145.

Other IAQ Products That May Also Be Eligible for Rebates

While creating a healthier indoor environment, products like our smart home thermostats or air purifiers may also qualify for rebates. Our smart thermostats give you a simple interface to control your different Aprilaire products including temperature, air purifiers, ventilation, and humidity. You can set a schedule based upon your ideal settings depending on the day and time

Our whole-home air purifiers will filter out airborne pollutants better protecting you, your family, and your HVAC system. Our Event-Based Air Cleaning will allow you to control air purity and help clear out any lingering odors and extra airborne impurities you need to remove due to allergy season, spring cleaning, or arriving. And it all works with the touch of a button.

Reducing energy costs, helping the environment, and breathing healthy air is a win-win-win. Be sure to continue to check in with ENERGY STAR® and your local energy company to find different offerings to help you reduce energy consumption and save money.

Please note: Before purchasing any products, contact your energy company.

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Family Learning: Child Friendly Experiments For Staying Healthy

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There has never been a more critical time to teach children the importance of keeping their germs to themselves. But more than simply telling children they need to wash their hands and wear a mask, you can have a real impact by showing them in enjoyable experiments what germs are and how they spread.

Staying Healthy Experiments For Kids

Glitter, Glitter, Everywhere

In this experiment, glitter is used to represent our germs and how they spread from one thing to another throughout our day if we don’t wash our hands.

Most parents already know that glitter is difficult to get off, which reinforces the importance of washing hands for at least 20 seconds to thoroughly remove harmful germs.

Make A Wish

Typically you want to blow out all the candles on your birthday cake or it means your wish won’t come true. But with this experiment, the more candles left burning, the better!

Everyone’s favorite science guy, Bill Nye, showed how this experiment works in a short video. By trying to blow out the candles through various types of materials, kids can see how some are more effective than others. And it serves as a reminder that masks are an important part of reducing the spread of germs when we cough, sneeze, spit or breathe too close to someone else.

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

It can be a hard concept for young children to understand: There are things in the air that we can’t see that can make us sneeze, cause food to go bad, or make us very sick.

With a few simple household items in this experiment, you can help shed some light on the mystery and reinforce the lessons you’re trying to teach kids about staying healthy. This particular experiment focuses on air quality, which is important to keep in mind at home, in school, and wherever kids venture off to.

Goals For Kids

All these experiments share common learning objectives.

The goals are for kids to:

  • Understand what germs are
  • Know that germs are everywhere (the air, our hands, surfaces we touch), but are too small to see with our eyes
  • Understand that everyone has germs and some germs make people sick
  • Understand that washing hands, wearing masks, and keeping our hands out of our mouths, eyes, and noses will help reduce the spread of germs

 

 

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Experiencing the Fight For Air Climb

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Before the Fight For Air Climb

Entering the US Bank Center for the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb was a rush of energy.

This seemed less like an arduous trek up 1,000 stairs and more of an indoor festival. There were volunteers ready to greet you and pump you up for the ensuing climb and people from different companies sitting at tables ready to hand out souvenirs.

They were probably also there to distract you after you just got done instinctively looking up toward the top of the 47-story US Bank Center in downtown Milwaukee becoming a little uneasy at the prospect of your journey upward.

Before you made your climb, you gathered as a team and took several escalators down to the basement level before getting warmed up with a quick aerobic routine. Then you took a long and winding tunnel where you greeted by more volunteers who were cheering you on. It was hard not to feel inspired and excited.

During the Fight For Air Climb

One-by-one people took off up toward the top of the US Bank Center to begin their Fight For Air Climb. I, like most, started off confidently and quickly. I took the first six flights easily, but then by flight eight, I began to fight for air. I now understand why they title this climb just that. My mind and my body were at odds. I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to continue at the same pace to get it over with as quickly as possible or to slow down and feel better. I went with the former.

Everyone in the stairwell was trudging onward with the same dilemma. We all were gasping for air as we kept pushing up each step and each flight toward the top of the Fight For Air Climb. At several points, I wondered if I was actually making any progress.

Every 10 flights there was a group of volunteers handing out cups of water and words of encouragement. Both were sorely needed to help push me along.

With each passing flight, I kept a tally of how many flights I had left. Twenty flights down, 27 more flights to go; 30 flights down, 17 flights to go; Ok, 40 flights down, 7 to go. By the time I got to the 40th floor, I knew I could make the last push to make it to the top of my Fight For Air Climb journey.

After the Fight For Air Climb

Eventually, I reached the top after 9 minutes and 31 seconds. At the top of the stairwell, I was met by volunteers who were cheering me on and by other climbers who were also catching their breath and taking in the picturesque views of Milwaukee and Lake Michigan afforded to us by the tallest building in Wisconsin.

As I grabbed a water and walked around soaking in both the views of the city and my accomplishment, it was really cool to watch teams taking pictures together or greeting other climbers with high-fives and smiles. There was a certain camaraderie found in a common struggle.

Despite the lingering soreness, I cannot wait for next year’s climb. No matter if I beat my time from this year or not, it’s about fighting for air together and helping those impacted with lung disease.

To join an upcoming climb in a city near you, visit www.lung.org/aprilaire.

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Aprilaire Partner Contractor Joins Fight For Air Climb

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“What can you do or say when your family is suffering such losses? It’s devastating,” said Christopher Ciongoli, HVAC salesman/estimator with Aprilaire partner Whalen & Ives.

Chris is participating in the NYC American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb on April 4, 2020. When he heard that Aprilaire was the national Healthy Air sponsor of the event he signed on to the Aprilaire team.

“An opportunity to make difference just appeared to me on Jan 10th in an email from Aprilaire informing me about the Fight for Air Climb. This was it. This is how I would help make a difference and support my wife as well as so many others that are impacted by lung disease”.

Lung disease became an all too familiar fixture in Chris’s life last year when his brother-in-law, mother-in-law, and father-in-law all died from lung disease.

As of February 7, he’s raised 90 percent of his fundraising goal. Not only is Chris excited to help raise funds and awareness, he told us he’s already reaping the benefits of training for the 849-step climb.

“My blood pressure has dropped, my pants are getting loose, and my dog Crosby is getting back in shape too!”

Every morning he goes out with dog Crosby and strengthens his legs and increases his stamina to make sure he can make it to the 44th floor of the 1290 Avenue of Americas building in New York City.

Read more of Chris’s incredible journey by going to his page. Thank you for your efforts, Chris and we cannot wait to hear more.

For more information about the Fight For Air Climb and to find an event in your area, go to https://www.lung.org/aprilaire. To learn how to train for your own climb, head to our page where we share training tips to help you prepare for your own Fight For Air Climb.

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