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Starting Fresh: Tips from a Healthy Air Hero

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The start of a new season can mean new red flags for homeowners. Luckily, our Healthy Air Professionals (aka Healthy Air Heroes) are here to offer advice to help you combat seasonal allergies, overcome potential weather-related disasters, and more.

It’s no secret that we’re all looking forward to (and deserve) a fresh start. So don’t let allergens, airborne viruses, pollution, and other air-related concerns that continue to impact our indoor and outdoor spaces get in the way. Luckily, this spring, we can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to whole-home Indoor Air Quality solutions from Aprilaire—designed to protect our home’s air from these unwanted houseguests.

To help you get started this season, we want to introduce you to one of our Healthy Air Heroes, All Comfort Services owner Larry Davies. Larry has been an HVAC technician and owner servicing Madison, Wisconsin for more than 55 years!

In 1973, he and his wife Susan began their business venture and have been partnered with us here at Aprilaire since. As a trusted expert and certified Healthy Air Professional, we asked Larry to share a bit about why he believes Healthy Air is an important must-have in all homes, as well as offer tips and advice for homeowners, like you, who are looking to start fresh this spring. Read on to see what he had to say!

Why is Healthy Air important?

“Over the past 50 years, I have seen HVAC change over time, and for a long time, the industry made every effort to tighten up homes so they were energy efficient. We know that this can create an unhealthy environment if there isn’t fresh air coming in, or the air isn’t treated. We partner with Aprilaire because of all the Indoor Air Quality options they offer, from dehumidifiers to fresh air ventilation.”

What’s the best way to help those with allergies or asthma?

“We always ask our customers if anyone in their home is experiencing allergies or breathing issues so that our technicians can offer homeowners the right solutions. One of the best things a homeowner can do right away is upgrade to a MERV 16 rated filter. MERV (or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values) rated filters are an industry-standard rating system used to identify the air filter’s filtration level and are the best to help filter viruses, bacteria, pet dander, or airborne pollen, promoting the best protection to maintain a Healthy Home.”

Beyond changing our air filters, how can families make certain they’re breathing Healthy Air?

“It’s our recommendation to provide a whole-home solution. When someone does update their system, it’s a great time to add Indoor Air Quality options like whole-home humidifiers, fresh air ventilation, MERV 16 filters, smart thermostats, and dehumidifiers.”

How can weather impact your home’s air?

“In Madison, Wisconsin, we have four distinct seasons. Here, a whole-home Indoor Air Quality system and heating and cooling system work together to promote comfort. If anyone has issues with pollen, we recommend installing a smart thermostat with built-in pollen monitors that can adapt your whole-home system to treat the air in your home so that it promotes Healthy Air.”

What makes Aprilaire a trusted partner?

“We recognize the importance of bringing fresh air into the home and the important role that Aprilaire plays to help us give our customers the solutions that will ultimately help them better their health. That’s especially important today, as the pandemic has made people realize that many illnesses may be transmitted in the air. We continue to choose Aprilaire because of their commitment to quality. We think of our company as a high-value company, and we have peace of mind knowing we can rely on their products and remarkable service.”

Because the air we breathe matters…

“Our industry has always had solutions for Indoor Air Quality, not only to prevent allergens and bacteria, but to eliminate airborne viruses. We are excited to help our customers find solutions to breathe better indoors, because we know everyone is concerned about the potential for viruses, such as COVID-19, to linger. This is an opportunity for us to continue to provide essential services. We are happy to have Aprilaire as a partner as we work toward making homes more comfortable.”

Healthy Clean Air plays a key role in our overall wellness. When you begin your journey toward a fresh start this spring, be sure to keep Healthy Air top of mind so you and your family can continue to breathe easy at home.

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Learn more about the benefits of Healthy Clean Air and Aprilaire’s solutions. Find a certified Healthy Air Hero, like All Comfort Services, in your area to get started today!

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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!

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Take a Deep Breath: Stress, Air, and Self-Care

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2020 had us breathing through masks, standing at a distance, and worrying about the states of our environments. Overcoming all of these new stressors is a daunting task, and it might seem too overwhelming. But starting fresh is easy when you take it one step at a time! Self-care, including mindful breathing techniques, can greatly reduce stress and help us feel grounded and in control after a year of uncertainty.

Self-Care and Stress

Experiencing stress is very common for most people; it probably happens multiple times a day. While this is normal, letting stress go unchecked for too long can have an impact on mental and physical health, affecting virtually every system in the body.

One of the easiest ways to combat stress at any time of the day is by practicing self-care. In essence, self-care is taking time to focus on you. Just as we take time to care for others when they are sick or feeling down, we must also take time for ourselves in order to avoid feeling down, burnt out, or fatigued! The beauty of self-care is it could be something like a spa day or a vacation, but it could also be something as simple as going outside for five minutes on a nice day or making yourself a hot cup of tea with honey. Self-care is completely personal to you. It can be anything you want as long as it helps you to relax!

The best way to pick a self-care strategy is to decide what you need at that moment. For instance, are you feeling lonely and secluded? Call up a close friend or family member. Maybe you feel tense and overworked, in which case going outside for a walk or run could do wonders. The possibilities of self-care are endless, and it’s up to you to decide what will help ease your stress.

Mindful Breathing

One of the most powerful self-care techniques is engaging in breathing exercises. Often referred to as “mindful breathing,” maintaining focus on one’s breath, even for just one minute, can help to alleviate symptoms of stress and anxiety. By forcing awareness of our breathing, we direct our brains to focus on something consistent and steady rather than anxious thoughts or feelings we may be having. An article in Health Science Journal® outlines some potential benefits of mindful breathing, such as:

  • Decreased fatigue
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Better stress management

Imagine reaping these kinds of benefits just by doing something we all do every day! All you need to do is take time to focus on it.

There are a number of guided breathing exercises you can follow to feel immediate relief from stress and anxiety. Here’s a breathing exercise for stress that you can try right now!

Belly Breathing

  • Get in a comfortable position either sitting or lying down.
  • Place one hand on your belly, just below your ribs, and your other hand on your chest.
  • Breathe in deeply through your nose, expanding your belly. You should let your belly push your hand out, and your chest should not move.
  • Breathe out with your lips pursed like you are whistling. Use the hand on your belly to gently push all of the air out.
  • You can repeat as desired, making sure to take your time with each breath.

Healthy Clean Air

Deep, mindful breathing is no doubt beneficial to our mental and physical health, but what’s even more crucial is that we know the air we are breathing is clean. Research has shown that personal health and wellness can be directly linked to a healthy and clean environment.

We know the benefits of breathing are tremendous, but what about the benefits of breathing Healthy Clean Air?

Benefits of Healthy Clean Air

Aprilaire’s whole-home fresh air ventilation and air filtration systems are designed to bring you these incredible benefits:

  • Provides effective virus protection within your home
  • Alleviates allergy symptoms
  • Improves focus when you are learning and working from home
  • Improves quality of sleep

When you take care of yourself, you can combat stress and breathe easier. Make Aprilaire part of your self-care plan and ensure that your home is filled with Healthy Clean Air. Contact one of our Healthy Air Pros to start fresh and stress less about the air you breathe.

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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

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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 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.