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Healthy Air News: Aprilaire’s Homebuilding Updates from the 2021 International Builders’ Show

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The National Association of Home Builders held their annual trade show in early February 2021. This year’s presentation was held virtually, to eliminate unnecessary health risks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At Aprilaire, we were eager to present a few key points to home builders and renovators in your area about our Indoor Air Quality solutions:

  • The importance of Healthy Air in homes
  • How to build better and healthier homes
  • Introducing some exciting new Aprilaire products

Homebuilding for Healthy Air

In the midst of the pandemic, there was added urgency to the topic of Healthy Air. We used our Healthy Air checklist to demonstrate just how important the health of the air inside your home really is.

HumidificationBalanced Relative Humidity (30-60% RH)

Studies show flu viruses thrive in dry air. Aprilaire humidifiers help create a healthy environment that’s great for your family but not for the flu.

FilteringAllergen-Free, No Toxic Elements

Aprilaire offers four different filter types: Clean Air, Healthy Home, Odor Reduction, and Allergy & Asthma Protection.

RefreshingVentilated and Non-Stagnant Air

Aprilaire’s ventilation systems help create Healthy Air in the home. By bringing in fresh air from the outside, we can dilute trapped airborne contaminants like allergens, chemicals, viruses and bacteria, and radon that can make you and your family ill. Ventilation systems also help push trapped humid air outside to help improve indoor comfort and health.

TemperatureRegulated Heat and Cooling

Aprilaire offers a number of different thermostats that are compatible with a wide range of heating and cooling systems, as well as your installed Aprilaire Healthy Air Solutions. Each Aprilaire Thermostat provides accurate readings of your home’s temperature and can help improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Filters for Healthy Air

It was refreshing to see the Residential and New Construction industry working to help home buyers find homes that are safe, healthy, and comfortable. Adding to that conversation, Aprilaire showed the benefits of our MERV 13 filters.

Higher efficiency filtration is an important part of the newer homebuilding code. Aprilaire MERV 13 filters and air purifiers not only meet code, but provide you with Healthy Air, and can extend the life of your homes’ new HVAC systems.

Aprilaire’s 2021 New Products

We also revealed new products that control fresh air and moisture in the home.

The Aprilaire E100V + 8190FF – This new, all-in-one ventilating dehumidifier kit combines our latest, most energy-efficient dehumidifier with our patent-pending ventilation control. It allows you to control the humidity in your home while introducing fresh, outdoor ventilation.

The Aprilaire 8145 Fresh Air Ventilator – This is our newest, powered fresh air ventilation solution. It features a lightweight construction for easy installation, and our patented, code-compliant ventilation logic. It is recognized as ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient for 2021.

To learn more about homebuilding best practices, check out our Healthy Home Resources.

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5 Things Homebuyers Should Consider

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In the market for a new home?

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking for another home that better suits your life, the homebuying process can be intimidating—and expensive. In some areas of the United States, homes are selling for more than $1 million over the asking price.

Other than finding a home that fits your budget, what are some things you should consider before placing a down payment?

1. Using a Realtor

It can be tempting to try keeping costs to a minimum during the homebuying process, and you may think about handling the process without a realtor. But remember, the seller covers the cost of the realtor’s fee. While that may drive up the overall price of the home, this cost will likely be included whether or not you use a realtor.

Especially in competitive housing markets, it can be a real advantage to get the help of a trusted realtor. They can handle price negotiations and use their expertise in analyzing the results of any inspection checks.

When searching for the right realtor, ask family and friends for recommendations. You should also be prepared to interview two or three prospective realtors to make sure you have someone who understands your goals and knows the area in and out.

2. Location

The exact location of your home can have a huge effect on your life. It affects things like your children’s school district, your commute times, the places you eat and shop, and your proximity to family and friends.

For your children’s education, use a service like greatschools.org to see academic ratings, equity standards, and demographics.

For commuting, seeing family, and getting to and from an airport, use Google Maps to see estimated travel times during busy sections of the day. If your commuting and travel will carry significant costs each year, you may want to add that into the overall price of one home versus another.

3. HVAC Systems

The heating, cooling, and fresh air systems in a home can greatly impact the level of comfort in that environment. Since you and your family will be spending years and possibly decades in your home, you want to make sure the HVAC is optimized.

One easy area to look out for during the inspection is clogged air filters. It’s possible for homeowners who have lived in a place for a long time to forget that they need to regularly change them. But when the air filters get dirty, it’s only a matter of time until the HVAC system breaks down or needs to be replaced.

Repairs can cost hundreds of dollars, while a replacement can be several thousand dollars. Before you agree to buy a home, have a trained inspector take a look at the ventilation, heating, air conditioning, and filtration systems to make sure they’re in good working order.

Once you’re in charge of the HVAC systems in your home, consult an Aprilaire Pro to optimize your home environment. And when it comes to replacing filters, it’s recommended to change standard 1-inch filters every 1-3 months and Aprilaire high-efficiency air filters every 6-12 months for peak performance.

4. Age and Style

In most areas, building a new home is difficult due to construction costs and the low availability of open land.

Older homes are a great option for most people, and can offer charm and character that new constructions can’t match. But as the decades add up, repairs and upgrades are increasingly necessary.

Plus, if your home is close to 100 years old or more, it was likely built in a time when building codes were drastically different and layouts were smaller. If it hasn’t been significantly upgraded in the intervening years, you could be on the hook for more costly upgrades.

So, make sure to factor in the cost of any needed renovations to things like electricity, plumbing, and the layout of the home when you’re looking to buy.

5. Number of Bathrooms

Depending on the size of the home and the size of your family, you may want multiple bathrooms and multiple showers or tubs.

Some older homes may have just one bathroom, no matter the size of the house. Or you may be stuck with one shower, which isn’t feasible for most families with multiple children.

If a home is perfect other than the number of bathrooms, ask your realtor what they think of adding more. And get the opinion of a plumber or general contractor on the cost of renovating current bathrooms or adding completely new ones.

 

 

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Home Trends That Will Likely Stick After the Pandemic

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How has your idea of home changed after the past year and a half living with the COVID-19 pandemic?

While most people have always spent the majority of their time indoors (90%, on average), the pandemic appears to have shifted the location of where that time is spent.

  • Instead of going into an office, some are working from home full-time or part-time.
  • Instead of going to bars and restaurants, some prefer to stay in to make their own food and drinks at home.
  • Instead of going to a gym, some have created their own workout space in a spare room or basement.

Many of these trends popped up at the start of the pandemic when there was no end in sight to social distancing and lockdowns. Now that widespread vaccinations have allowed some areas to start opening up, staying home is often a choice rather than a mandate.

Will all that time spent at home continue?

Home Buyers

The National Association of Realtors® publishes an annual report on key trends and demographics of homebuyers and sellers. The 2021 report reveals the desires of younger homebuyers in the wake of the pandemic, when many are looking to get out of small apartments and into their very own homes.

Millennials—people aged 22-40—make up the largest percentage of homebuyers in the United States. That group, along with older members of the following generation (Gen Z), represent a large portion of working professionals, many of whom are starting families and either starting to save or increasing their savings for retirement.

Home Must-Haves

While home supply is low and prices are high in many areas of the country, for those who can afford the investment, the wish list is long for space and amenities. Here are some examples of what younger homebuyers are looking for:

  • Investment opportunity, and a way to build wealth
  • Dedicated home offices free from other distractions
  • Fully equipped kitchens for those who picked up cooking as a hobby
  • Private outdoor space like a yard for pets or a place for lounging in the sun
  • Home workout space and fitness equipment
  • Play space for children, and enough room for a growing family

Maximizing Home Comfort

All these trends add up to more people spending more of their time at home. Beyond having more square footage to relax in, homebuyers should consider how to make their total home environment as comfortable as it can be.

At Aprilaire, we believe this starts with Healthy Air. So we created the Aprilaire Healthy Air System to provide a blueprint for creating a Healthy Home environment in three key areas: fresh air ventilation, air filtration, and humidity control.

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Here’s why those matter.

When exercising at home, you want to breathe in filtered air and be able to remove the humidity you create during your sweat session. Ideally, the humidity in your home should be between 40% and 60% for maximum health and comfort.

For home cooks, fresh air ventilation is key. The same goes for when you’re cleaning or doing renovations in your home. Proper ventilation lets your home inhale fresh air and exhale stagnant, polluted indoor air.

And when it comes time to sell your home and move on to a place that better suits your needs, keep in mind that Healthy Air can increase your resale value.

When you’ve made the investment in a new home, complete the space of your dreams by talking with an Aprilaire Healthy Air Pro about our Indoor Air Quality solutions to fit your needs.

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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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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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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.