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The Benefits of Humidity Control + New Aprilaire Giveaway

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Humidity can be tricky. No matter what type of climate you live in—dry or humid—you always ideally want to keep your indoor humidity between 30-60 percent. Whether it’s too high or too dry, humidity can impact Indoor Air Quality and, ultimately, your family’s well-being. From asthma to allergies, dust mites to mold spores, and more, get a handle on your indoor humidity to optimize your family’s health.”

The Aprilaire Humidity and Health Blueprint

As we head into the winter months in much of the United States, it’s more important than ever to aim for 30-60% humidity in your home.

Here are five key benefits of humidity control:

Improved Health

Influenza and other common viruses thrive in dry environments and are easily transmitted into the air in your home. This can lead to the rapid spread of illnesses.

Keeping the air in your home at the appropriate humidity level makes it more difficult for viruses to take hold.

Elimination of Pests

Mold and pests thrive in moist environments, while bacteria spreads easily with dry air. Keep these problems under control with humidity between 30-60%.

Alleviated Allergies

Fall and winter can be a challenging time for sufferers of asthma, eczema, and even allergies with the increased time spent indoors. Dried out sinuses, dry and itchy patches of skin, chapped lips, and dry or persistent coughing are all symptoms of low relative humidity that can be alleviated by restoring Healthy Humidity levels.

Improved Sleep

Proper humidity is important for sleep in terms of comfort and congestion. Too much humidity can make you hot and sweaty because it prevents the moisture from evaporating off your body. A lack of moisture in the air can dry out your nasal passages and cause snoring, along with that feeling of congestion that often comes during the winter months.

When the humidity is between 30-60%, the air has enough moisture for easy breathing and is still dry enough to not feel heavy.

Lower Stress Levels

Better sleep and less illness contribute to lower levels of stress and better overall health.

With the preservation of the furniture, wood floors, and paint in your home, and lower energy and heating bills, humidity control delivers several benefits throughout your home.

You can live a happier, healthier life by maintaining indoor humidity all year long. Aprilaire whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers offer seamless, energy-efficient ways to improve your Indoor Air Quality in your Healthy Home.

Aprilaire Giveaway Details

To show much we care about giving everyone the opportunity for a healthy, happy home, we are giving away an Aprilaire Healthy Air System™ complete with free installation to one winner on our Instagram channel.

Here’s what’s included:

3 Award-Winning Components of the Aprilaire Healthy Air System™

  1. Humidity Control
    Our whole-home humidity controls give you the power to optimize humidification and dehumidification throughout the year.
  2. Fresh Air Ventilation
    Fresh air is crucial to the overall health of your home environment. By replacing stale indoor air, you’re diluting and removing contaminants throughout your home.
  3. Air Filtration

When bringing in fresh air from outside, it’s important to filter that air to remove allergens, smoke, and other airborne particles.

To enter the Aprilaire giveaway:

  • Follow @aprilaireco on Instagram
  • Post a photo on Instagram showing what Healthy Air means to you
  • Use the hashtag #MyHealthyAirSystem in the caption of your post
  • Tag @aprilaireco in your post

The Aprilaire giveaway ends on December 31st. Visit aprilaire.com for official terms and conditions.

 

 

 

 

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AA Homepage Articles | Healthy Humidity |

How Absolute Humidity Helps During Flu Season

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Did you know that the spread of the flu has more to do with absolute humidity than the temperature? Although most people associate the cold of winter with the start of the flu season, it’s actually the dryness of winter that spreads the virus.

“Relative humidity is a function of temperature. During the dry winter, relative humidity is low in a warm house but high in the cold outside. Absolute humidity, however, is simply the total amount of water in the air. The less water in the air, the longer the flu virus survives. And that leads to a greater chance of someone catching the bug.”

– 60-Second Science Podcast Episode: Humidity Helps Fight Flu

Healthy Humidity Control

Proper humidity levels (between 30% and 60%) can reduce the transmission of viruses and minimize virus survival rates in your home. That’s one of the main benefits of an Aprilaire whole-home humidifier, along with increased comfort and preserving your home’s value.

Here are some dos and don’ts when you’re ready to tackle the humidity in your home to increase comfort and help protect your family during cold and flu season.

DO – Aim to keep your humidity between 30% and 60%. Whether you’re reducing summertime humidity with an Aprilaire whole-home dehumidifier or increasing wintertime humidity with an Aprilaire whole-home humidifier, the ideal humidity range for your Healthy Home is between 30% and 60%. When it’s too high or too dry, humidity can impact your Indoor Air Quality and, ultimately, your family’s well-being.

DON’T– Ignore the warning signs that your indoor humidity is too low: static shock, cracks in the floorboards, creaky furniture, chipped paint, dry skin and sinuses, and withering plants.

DO – Install an Aprilaire whole-home humidifier that offers easy, programmable solutions. You’ll have greater control of your humidity throughout the day, and won’t have to constantly monitor the levels.

DON’T – Forget to clean or replace your specialized filter/water panel regularly. Some humidifier filters are washable, while some need to be replaced entirely. To maximize the effectiveness of your humidifier, follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the frequency of this cleaning or exchange.

Invest in greater health, virus protection, fewer
allergens, more productivity, and better sleep.

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Healthy Humidity plays a central role in our overall wellness, especially during cold and flu season. You can start creating a healthy environment with an Aprilaire whole-home humidifier, which can provide effective virus protection and defend your home from dry winter air. It’s part of the Aprilaire Healthy Air System, which also includes fresh air ventilation and air filtration. By focusing on healthy indoor air, you can help keep you and your family happy, healthy, and more comfortable in your home this winter and for years to come.

Find a Healthy Air Professional in your area today to get started.

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AA Homepage Articles | Wellness |

Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Tips For Keeping Your Lungs Healthy

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In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout®, Aprilaire is proud to support the American Lung Association’s mission to raise awareness about lung health. Below, we’ve highlighted some healthy habits you can adopt to maintain the health of your lungs and reduce your risk for lung disease.

Healthy habits for Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Don’t Smoke

Not only does smoking increase your risk of lung cancer, it is linked to several lung diseases including COPD, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and asthma. If you are a smoker, quitting can help no matter how old you are or how long you’ve been addicted. The American Lung Association has resources to help when you’re ready.

Protect Your Overall Health

Getting vaccinations against influenza and pneumonia if your healthcare provider sees fit can help prevent lung infections and promote overall health. Avoiding crowds and washing hands during cold and flu season are also healthy habits to use to protect yourself from getting a cold or other respiratory infections. Try your best to maintain a healthy immune system, especially in the winter months. That gives your body the best chance at fighting off infections and keeping you and those around you safe.

Exercise Regularly

Physical activity can help your lungs function properly regardless of your age, weight, or overall health. The national recommendation for adults is 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week. This can be as simple as taking a brisk walk after dinner, bicycling, gardening, or any activity that gets your heart and lungs working.
Don’t forget to make sure the air you breathe while you exercise is healthy as well. And if you feel like taking it easy, some simple breathing exercises can help keep you on track.

Reduce Exposure to Outdoor Air Pollutants

Air pollution can harm anyone of any age. How much time you spend outside for work or play, and how well your indoor air is treated will play into the effect of bad outdoor air.
To keep you and your family healthy and avoid prolonged exposure, check out the American Lung Association’s best tips for protection from unhealthy air. This includes an awareness of the Air Quality Index, as well as an effort to reduce the amount of energy you use in your home.

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Secondhand smoke, chemicals, fragrances, or radon in your home and workplace can all cause or worsen lung disease. Testing your home for radon and using high-quality air filters can significantly improve your Indoor Air Quality. Aprilaire air filters are the National Proud Partner of the American Lung Association. These products help improve respiratory health by removing damaging airborne particles, reducing dust around your home, controlling unwanted odors, and providing cleaner, fresher, and healthier air.

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

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AA Homepage Articles | Family |

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.

Healthy Air | News |

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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