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How Healthy Humidity Can Help Fight Viruses and More, Season After Season

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We’re all too aware of the sticky, tacky sensation we feel as a result of high humidity in the summertime and the itchy, dry conditions brought on by low humidity in the winter. But, did you know that both extremes can have an impact on your health and your ability to stay protected from airborne contaminants and viruses, like COVID-19?

Over the years, you’ve heard us and other experts like ASHRAE, the CDC, and the EPA talk about the importance of keeping your home’s humidity at a balanced level year-round in an effort to reduce the negative home and health symptoms caused by high and low humidity. But, with the COVID-19 pandemic inspiring us all to confront our Indoor Air Quality concerns, there’s no better time to start breathing the fullness of life—living healthier, more comfortable lives, thanks to Healthy Humidity.

Let’s explore further: By maintaining balanced humidity between 40% and 60% year-round (known as our Healthy Humidity Zone), health concerns like bacteria growth, virus prevalence, respiratory infections, and allergy and asthma symptoms (among others) diminish as your home reaches an optimal humidity level.

 

Maintaining Healthy Humidity in the Summer

While we typically tend to explore solutions that can improve our overall wellness during the low humidity points of the wintertime, it’s still possible to be impacted by viruses, bacteria, and more in the summertime when humidity is high. Regardless of the season, homes with balanced humidity can improve our respiratory immune system’s defenses, making them more effective at capturing, removing, or fighting germs.

To achieve optimal health in the summertime, adding an Aprilaire whole-home dehumidifier can help save you from the muggy, sticky feeling you may experience in your home while also offering stand-out health- and home-related benefits.

In fact, research shows that no matter the temperature of your space, a room with 50% humidity can not only provide the comfort you desire, but is proven to offer fast virus inactivation, with less than 1% of viruses viable after two days. These findings help us further underscore the importance of achieving balanced humidity that falls within our Healthy Humidity Zone of 40% and 60%.

 

Maintaining Healthy Humidity in the Winter

In the wintertime, using an Aprilaire whole-home humidifier can help keep you protected from dry air in your home that may impact your airways and skin, allowing you to achieve a wealth of valuable benefits as well. But, how can using a humidifier in the winter help protect you and your family from virus-sized particles, like COVID-19, in your home like Aprilaire dehumidifiers can in the summer?

Research shows that coronaviruses on surfaces stay viable for a week in heated, dry indoor air with humidity that falls far below (~20%) and above (~80%) our Healthy Humidity Zone, which is between 40% and 60%. By humidifying your air to 50%, this data shows that you can reduce viable viruses to less than 1% in two days and significantly reduce your risk of infection.

 

Humidity Control Based on Regionality

We’re all searching for ways to stay safe and healthy at home, but, depending on where you live, your humidity control needs may be different than a region that experiences all four seasons, one with harsher winters, or one with hot, low-humidity summers. No matter where you live or what your home’s needs are, a Healthy Air Hero in your area can help you find the right solutions so you can achieve Healthy Humidity year-round.

Take the first step today to find out how keeping your home’s humidity in our Healthy Humidity Zone (between 40% and 60%) can help protect your home’s air from viruses, like COVID-19, and other unwanted contaminants that tend to thrive in high or low humidity environments.

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FAQs: Aprilaire Dehumidifiers

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What size unit do I need for my house?

The sizing chart below will help you determine which Aprilaire dehumidifier is best for your home, but please consult with a Healthy Air Pro before making any purchases. 

Sizing recommendations are based on homes with tight envelopes and forced air systems that complete 0.5 ACH (air changes per hour). In regions with high humidity, homes will require dehumidifiers to remove more moisture from the air. This will require the use of a higher-capacity Aprilaire dehumidifier. Please contact your local Healthy Air Pro to help you find the right dehumidifier for your home. 

Crawl SpaceSmall Home/BasementWhole-Home/BasementWhole-Home/Basement
Up to 2,800 Sq. Ft.*Up to 3,800 Sq. Ft.*Up to 5,200 Sq. Ft.Up to 7,200 Sq. Ft.
70 Pints/Day70 Pints/Day95 Pints/Day130 Pints/Day
18201830 18501870
*The maximum square footage associated with the Model 1820 pertains to just the area of a crawl space and not the whole home. 
How often do I need to change the filter?

The filter does not need to be replaced. It is a cleanable filter and should last the lifetime of the Aprilaire dehumidifier. After installation, the air filter should be cleaned every six months. The CLEAN FILTER service reminder will display on the on-board control screen every six months as a reminder. 

If the filter is damaged, you can purchase a replacement at our shop.

Filter Cleaning Procedure 

  1. Turn the ON/OFF switch OFF. 
  2. From either side of the dehumidifier, remove the filter access door.
  3. Slide the filter out of the dehumidifier. 
  4. Flush the filter with warm water and a mild detergent solution. 
  5. Shake off the excess water from the filter. 
  6. Place the newly cleaned filter into the unit, making sure the filter is secured in both the top and bottom filter rails.
  7. Replace the filter access door. 
  8. Turn the ON/OFF switch ON. 
  9. Press the UP and DOWN buttons simultaneously for 3 seconds to clear the service message.

Display Codes on Your Aprilaire Dehumidifier

Please note: When your dehumidifier is displaying a code, it has stopped working. Please contact your installing Healthy Air Pro to remedy all display codes except E8.

I’m seeing an E2 on my dehumidifier’s display. What does E2 mean? 

An E2 code means high refrigeration temperature. There are several reasons for an E2 code, but high refrigeration temperature generally results from poor airflow through the dehumidifier which could be a result of a dirty filter, restricted air ducts, or a fan experiencing some kind of mechanical issue. To remedy this issue, please contact your installing Healthy Air Pro

I’m seeing an E3 on my dehumidifier’s display. What does E3 mean? 

It means that your Aprilaire dehumidifier has been configured to look for a Model 76 Digital Wall Mount Dehumidifier Control and it cannot locate one. Either the setting is wrong or the Model 76 is not reachable. To remedy this issue, please contact your installing Healthy Air Pro.

I’m seeing an E4 on my dehumidifier’s display. What does E4 mean? 

This means your Aprilaire dehumidifier is having a difficult time reaching its desired set point. To clear this code, turn off the power to the dehumidifier using the ON/OFF switch, which is located near where the power cord enters the dehumidifier. You can also unplug the dehumidifier. If the problem persists, contact your installing Healthy Air Pro

I’m seeing an E7 on my dehumidifier’s display. What does E7 mean? 

It means that the float switch safety is reading a fault mode (open). Check the float switch connection at the control board. If you are not using a float switch, verify the jumper is between float switch terminals on the dehumidifier control board. To remedy this issue, please contact your installing Healthy Air Pro

I’m seeing an E8 on my dehumidifier’s display. What does E8 mean? 

It means that the incoming air conditions are out of range for dehumidification. It is self-correcting. The E8 code will display if the incoming air temperature is below 50°F or above 104°F. The code will also display when the dew point is below 40°F. When the incoming air is within the acceptable range, your Aprilaire dehumidifier will resume operation.

Does my Aprilaire dehumidifier come with a drain hose? 

Aprilaire models 1820, 1852, and 1872 come with a 10-foot drain hose.

Can I run my Aprilaire dehumidifier in the winter?  

Yes, if the air temperature is 50°F or above. Otherwise, you may see an E8 code display. 

If I install the unit myself in a crawl space where no extra wiring is needed, will it void the warranty?

Due to the professional nature of our products, the warranty is void if a qualified Contractor does not install the product and there is a defect related to the installation. Our heavy-duty, professional-grade dehumidifiers are designed and manufactured in the U.S.A. by Aprilaire and warrantied to be free from defects in materials or workmanship. Full warranty details and limitations are found here. If you have any further questions about your warranty, feel free to contact us at support@aprilaire.com or by calling 1-800-334-6011.

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Resolving Flooded Homes from Winter Weather

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Unusual winter weather stretched across much of the country in February 2021 leaving many without water or power for days. For some, burst pipes can lead to flooded homes. No matter the season, floods can cripple a home as the rushing water can destroy furnishings and damage the home’s foundation. Even after you’ve cleaned up your home from the resulting damage, lingering moisture inside your drywall or insulation can lead to major health problems primarily from mold and mildew outbreaks.

Health Risks Due to Flooded Homes

Sensitivity to these allergens varies from person to person, but for those with respiratory issues like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or asthma, a mold outbreak can lead to severely impacted breathing. For others with milder symptoms, you may experience wheezing, coughing, sneezing, and watery eyes. 

Excess moisture is also an invitation for pests and rodents due to newly formed cracks in your foundation. These critters are notorious for creating damage and are carriers of the disease. 

Airborne viruses, like COVID-19 and influenza, and bacteria also thrive in excess moisture leading to poor Indoor Air Quality inside your home. Air that is too moist can lead to higher transmission rates inside the home. 

Leftover excess moisture may be hard to spot. In fact, your first clue that something is wrong will be the smell. Musty odors are a typical sign that your home has excess moisture. 

How Aprilaire Can Help

Getting a Healthy Waterproofing expert into your home to check on damage is a must to make sure that any cracks in your foundation are sealed.

Secondly, an Aprilaire dehumidifier will help remove that excess moisture inside your home remedying any poor Indoor Air Quality issues resulting from flooding. Maintaining Healthy Humidity inside your home will help remove those airborne pollutants like mold, mildew, pests, and airborne viruses leading to Healthy Air throughout by helping you maintain humidity in the ideal range of 30-60%.

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Additionally, an Aprilaire fresh air ventilation system can also help dilute harmful airborne contaminants in your home’s air by bringing in fresh air from the outside. This system can also help with any excess moisture inside your home.

To make sure your home’s humidity is properly maintained and there are not any resulting humidity issues due to a burst pipe, find a local Aprilaire Healthy Waterproofing expert today. 

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For more information on maintaining Healthy Air inside your home after a weather event, check out our State of the Air website

 

 

 

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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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Experts Say Flights Can Resume, But Bring Increased Risks

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Air quality experts say that it is safe to resume flying, but travelers must take advanced precautions before traveling like taking shorter flights when possible, wearing masks, and social distancing. 

In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, Joseph Allen, an assistant professor of exposure assessment science at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, makes the case that airplanes do not make you sick. In fact, airplanes have comparable levels of air filtration and fresh air ventilation to a health care facility

Flights May Be Less Comfortable With Recommendations

He argues that airlines should continue disinfecting high-touch areas such as armrests and tray tables, stop in-flight food service, mandate mask-wearing, and ask patrons to keep their above ventilation fan on throughout the flight. While these adjustments make flying less enjoyable, they can help reduce in-flight virus transmission. Masks are currently required on public transportation. 

Allen is not the only one saying it is safe to resume flying. 

‘Safer Than Eating At A Restaurant’

Linsey Marr, an engineering professor at Virginia Tech, in a CNN article writes, “When HEPA ventilation systems are running on a plane and everyone is masked, the risk of Covid-19 is greatly reduced and makes air travel on a big jet safer than eating at a restaurant.”

Activities Create Biggest Risks

She and Allen argue that the biggest risks in airline travel stem from activities like the pre-flight boarding process or when a flight is delayed and people are stuck on the plane. Marr, who has been wearing an air quality monitor when she travels, said CO2 levels are elevated during these aforementioned activities and are indicative of a lack of fresh air ventilation. 

Marr told CNN that “A CO2 (carbon dioxide) level of 3,000 ppm means that for every breath I take in, about 7% of the air is other people’s exhaled breath…like drinking someone else’s backwash!”

The airport also presents other problems for travelers.

Allen suggests airports create more touchless experiences, upgrade their HVAC system, and require masks. Some updates have already been implemented in some airports or will be implemented in the future. 

Other experts suggest carrying your own personal hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and sticking to shorter flights

Even though there are risks to flying, Marr and Allen say you are clear for takeoff this summer