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COVID-19 Variants No Problem for Healthy Air System

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Several COVID-19 variants have popped up across the globe and are causing panic among health officials. These mutations are alleged to transmit more easily than previous mutations and are expected to place extra pressure on an already flimsy healthcare system.

COVID-19 continues to be spread by shared indoor air. Infected aerosols are generated by a person who is sick through talking, laughing, sneezing, coughing, and breathing. They are spewed from the person’s mouth and float through the air until they fall to the surface or infect someone. This happens every time an infected person does one of the above activities. A more contagious variation of this virus is especially dangerous in areas without proper social distancing and no mask requirements.

HVAC Upgrades Help With COVID-19 Variant

In fact, several Canadian health officials and engineers are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to implement several HVAC requirements including the ventilation systems of buildings and to refocus their efforts on shared indoor air as opposed to hygiene. The country is currently dealing with its own highly contagious variant.

“The country, as a whole, and each province is not doing enough to acknowledge aerosol transmission of COVID-19 and promoting the appropriate measures to combat it, such as ventilation and informing people about the risks of being in indoor spaces with multiple people,” said Jennifer McDonald, a rehabilitation physician in Ottawa and one of the authors of the letter. Instead, she said, “we are continuing to focus on hand hygiene and two metres of distancing.”

The primary benefit of implementing these various upgrades is that they are an effective tool against the airborne viruses and the mutations that each airborne virus will undoubtedly go through. HVAC upgrades work by destroying the structure and affecting the environment of the virus.

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Fortunately, there is a way to protect your home too – the Aprilaire Healthy Air SystemTM. This award-winning suite of whole-home Indoor Air Quality products is an effective tool against airborne viruses. By leveraging the power of humidity control, fresh air ventilation, and air filtration, you can help reduce the transmission rate of airborne viruses like COVID-19.

Humidity control allows you to keep your home between 30-60 percent relative humidity. This is the optimal range where viruses remain less viable and your body’s natural protections and immune response are most viable. Viruses in this range tend to fall to the ground quickly and do not stay airborne where they can recirculate in the air, which is the primary route of infection for this disease. Handwashing is an effective strategy for protection against viruses that fall on surfaces.

Fresh air ventilation dilutes the home of particles and germs and fills your home with fresh, breathable air while maintaining airflow. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information of the National Institute of Health, ventilation is an important tool in reducing airborne pollutants in indoor air, which is up to five times more polluted than the air outside.

Air filtration captures particles that flow through the home and the filter. By keeping the aerosols larger, the filter is more effective at capturing these particles. Ann Aprilaire MERV 16 filter captures up to 96% of airborne virus-sized particles passing through the filter system.

To get the Aprilaire Healthy Air SystemTM installed in your house so you and your family can breathe easier with effective virus protection, contact a local Healthy Air Pro.

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How Dirty Indoor Air Spreads Illness

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This pandemic has been a learning experience for all of us. Because it’s a virus we’ve never seen before, researchers and scientists have been working overtime trying to identify as many details as possible to try to keep people safe.

One of the most highly debated areas among scientists is how exactly SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted. Does it spread on surfaces? Does it travel through the air? Does it need to be inhaled in close range of an infected person?

Dirty Indoor Air Transmission

An article published in the Nature Communications journal might hold some answers to these questions. While this study analyzed how the influenza virus spreads among guinea pigs, it reveals new ways in which all viruses are capable of being transmitted from one organism (including humans) to another.

The study showed that microscopic dust particles can act just like moisture droplets and serve as vehicles for viruses, carrying them through the air from one host to another. This presents another aspect to consider when it comes to containing COVID-19 transmission, and points to the danger of spending time in compact areas with contaminant-filled air and little ventilation.

Rather than instilling even more fear and anxiety, research like this allows us to take the right precautions and be smarter when it comes to the air we’re breathing.

One of the first places we can focus on breathing Healthy Air is in our own home. Whether you’re looking to reduce allergy and asthma symptoms, protect against viruses, or bring Healthy Air into your home, regular cleaning and an Aprilaire Healthy Air System™ can help keep your family safe and healthy.

The system is made up of three award-winning components that help fill your home with Healthy Air:

Fresh Air Ventilation

Indoor air can be five times more polluted than the air outside. With an Aprilaire whole-home ventilation system, you can let that dirty air out and bring fresh, clean air in. This helps dilute and remove contaminants such as airborne viruses, mold spores, and allergens so you can breathe easy at home.

Air Filtration

As you bring in fresh air, it’s important to purify it, too. An Aprilaire whole-home air purifier can decrease stagnant air in your home and minimize your family’s risk of allergy symptoms, asthma triggers, and long-term respiratory irritants. When paired with our air filters, a purification system can capture up to 96%* of airborne particles the size of viruses and reduce other contaminants that may be lingering in your home’s air.

Humidity Control

Balanced humidity complements fresh air ventilation and air filtration, greatly contributing to your overall health. Keeping your home’s humidity between 30% and 60% can minimize virus survival rates in addition to helping keep your home protected from the impact of dry or moisture-riddled air. An Aprilaire dehumidifierwhich is perfect for use during the more humid days of the yearcan protect your house from the dangers of high humidity by stifling mold growth, decreasing allergens such as dust mites, and preserving the furniture and foundation of your home. An Aprilaire humidifier helps combat dry air, and not only keeps your home feeling warmer in the winter, but also helps lower the survival rates of virus-sized particles that may linger in our air during those colder months.

*Contaminants removed based on air passing through the filtering system.

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New COVID-19 Strain Requires Same Solution

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While the new strain from the UK is worrisome, there is no reason to panic. The same indoor solutions used to combat the previous and current strains of COVID-19 in North America can be used against B.1.1.7

For the most effective virus protection, consider investing in a whole-home Aprilaire Healthy Air System™. The Healthy Air System offers a three-part award-winning approach to virus protection complete with humidity control, fresh air ventilation, and air filtration. The system also has a suite of applications beyond virus protection to help make the air inside your home healthy. Contact a Healthy Air Professional in your area to invest in a whole-home Healthy Air System. 

In addition, the chair of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) recently said that B.1.1.7 does not have a transmission advantage

Continue to follow the Aprilaire blog for more information about COVID-19 and the Healthy Air Solutions provided by Aprilaire. 

 

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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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Aprilaire Partners with Wellness Within Your Walls

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Aprilaire is the exclusive Presenting Sponsor for 2020 for Wellness Within Your Walls.

Wellness Within Your Walls (WWYW) is an award-winning education and certification organization which supports reducing and eliminating toxins in living environments to improve overall health and wellness.

The organization’s one-of-a-kind education and certification process enables consumers and professionals to increase awareness about toxins in building materials and furnishings and guide them toward making homes healthier.

Wellness Within Your Walls partnership for national campaign

WWYW will partner with Aprilaire to launch a national “Breathe Healthy” awareness campaign in 2020 to educate consumers, homeowners and the build/design community about the latest products and services that help improve air quality in homes.

“We believe everyone deserves to breathe healthy air, and we believe in the power of education,” said Dale Philippi, president of Aprilaire. “Our mission is to enhance everyone’s health by improving the air in their homes. We are proud to partner with WWYW– an organization building awareness with consumers and professionals about the importance of healthy air.”

“We are excited by our new partnership with Aprilaire. They offer products that solve multiple issues relating to affordable ventilation and humidity control for homes and we’re proud to work with Aprilaire to further elevate the dialog about health and wellness in living environments,” said Jillian Pritchard Cooke, founder of WWYW.

In addition to the “Breathe Healthy” campaign with WWYW, Aprilaire is the FY20 National Healthy Air Sponsor for the American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb events which support raising awareness of the importance of indoor air quality. The two initiatives will dovetail to further educate consumers and professionals alike about why healthy air – especially in the home, is vital for good health. Good air quality improves overall wellness, helps prevent irritating allergens and pests, and helps shield homes from costly damages.

About Wellness Within Your Walls

Wellness Within Your Walls® is an award-winning informational resource group created to provide education and guidance on chemicals commonly found in living and working spaces. With a goal to empower and guide consumers and professionals toward healthier living environments, WWYW certifies people, places, products and programs globally through education and health and wellness protocols. WWYW’s 10-step holistic approach, known as the Healthy Living System™, results in a legacy of health, harmony and sustainability in living environments. WWYW was founded by Jillian Pritchard Cooke, a 30-year industry veteran with experience as president of interior design firm DES-SYN and owner of the eco-living lifestyle boutique BEE. While designing Atlanta’s EcoManor in 2006, the first Gold LEED-certified single-family residence in the U.S., a cancer diagnosis became the catalyst for turning Jillian’s expertise into a passionate commitment to create healthier living environments by reducing toxins. Wellness Within Your Walls was born. The organization provides frequent and sought-after speakers at trade shows, educational opportunities, workshops, seminars and other industry events. For more information, visit: http://www.wellnesswithinyourwalls.com.