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Expert Guidance on Dealing with Asthma

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Being outside during the hot summer months can expose you to asthma triggers like air pollution, excessively humid air, and allergens like pollen.

But with the right plan in place, you and your children won’t have to let asthma concerns prevent you from enjoying time in the sun.

Asthma Guidance Updates

The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) regularly analyzes the best available scientific evidence, and then offers guidelines for treating and living with asthma.

In general, the NAEPP recommends that people with asthma should work with their health care providers to develop a comprehensive prevention and treatment plan that includes:

  • Taking prescribed medications
  • Addressing environmental factors that may worsen symptoms
  • Learning how to better manage their asthma
  • Monitoring and adjusting care as needed

In early 2021, the NAEPP released updated guidelines, with a focus on the varying types of medication available to treat asthma in different age groups. You can find more details here, and always make sure to discuss any medication changes with your doctor.

Indoor Allergen Reduction

The panel also recommended strategies for preventing exposure to asthma triggers, with a particular focus on using multiple methods of protection in your indoor environment. They found that singular prevention strategies do not significantly improve asthma outcomes.

For instance, those who are sensitive to dust mites should reduce the allergen by using pillow and mattress covers and vacuuming with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration.

Aprilaire Healthy Air System

Combining multiple protection methods to create an overall Healthy Home environment is at the heart of the Aprilaire Healthy Air System.

It ensures Healthy Air by addressing fresh air ventilation, air filtration, and humidity control.

Fresh air ventilation allows your home to inhale fresh outdoor air, and exhale stagnant, polluted indoor air. This helps dilute and remove asthma triggers, especially when you’re cleaning, cooking, and doing any home renovation.

Air filtration makes sure the fresh air that comes into your home is free of allergens and other contaminants that can linger in outdoor air. Invest in Aprilaire MERV 16 air filters for maximum protection.

Humidity control keeps your home between 40-60% to prevent pests, mold, and dried out sinuses that can exacerbate asthma symptoms. Plus, an Aprilaire dehumidifier can help you feel more comfortable during summer heat waves.

When choosing strategies for your home, consider some of the unexpected asthma triggers that may linger in your air. Then talk with an Aprilaire Pro and use these Healthy Air tips to turn your home into a sanctuary for you and your family.

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Summer Weather 2021: What’s In Store For Your Region?

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Warmer weather is on the way, and as we all spend more time outdoors, Aprilaire wants to make sure you and your family are breathing the best air possible.

Increasing temperatures can bring extreme weather to every area of the United States during the summer. While the initial concerns with things like tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding involve personal safety and protecting property, these events can also lead to worsened air quality concerns that can linger in your area.

Aprilaire made an easy-to-use tool to keep you on top of air quality in your region this summer. Check out State of Your Air, and start by typing in your ZIP code for personalized results. You’ll find important information on what to expect in your area and Aprilaire Indoor Air Quality solutions that you can rely on to create Healthy Air in your home.

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Below are some of the extreme weather events that will arrive in different regions of the country this summer.

Western States

Wildfires

With wildfires becoming more prevalent, smoky skies are nearly an annual event in many western states. During times of heavy smoke, it’s important to keep windows closed and in-home ventilation systems turned off to protect your Indoor Air Quality. Aprilaire whole-home air purifiers and MERV 16 filters can remove fine particles that enter your home during wildfires.

Midwest

Tornadoes

Having a tornado preparedness plan in place, along with listening to any instructions from local authorities, can help keep you and your family safe during a tornado. Once the storm subsides, use your Aprilaire ventilation system, along with an Aprilaire whole-home air purifier and MERV 16 air filter, to reduce indoor air pollution. Check for any water damage in your home–especially the basement and crawl space–and use an Aprilaire dehumidifier to bring your indoor humidity between 40-60% to prevent mold growth.

Coastal Areas

Hurricanes

Though typically short-lived events, hurricanes can have lasting effects on your air quality once the storm ends. Floodwaters and damage from high-speed winds and rain can lead to excess moisture, leaving behind the potential for mold growth. During cleanup, Aprilaire dehumidifiers can help remove moisture from inside your home, limiting mold’s ability to grow and protecting the air you breathe. Aprilaire whole-home air purifiers and proper ventilation can help capture and remove mold spores and other indoor particles like dust, pollen, and viruses that may have been kicked up by high winds.

Coastal Flooding

Floodwaters can negatively impact the air in your home. Floodwaters can carry mold, bacteria, and other chemicals that can make your indoor air unsafe. Even after cleanup, the air may contain harmful substances like carbon monoxide, lead, asbestos, and chemicals from the cleaning products you’re using.

All Regions

Smog

Ground-level ozone (known as smog) is created by power plants, chemical plants, refineries, automobiles, and trains. It tends to sit in heavily populated cities and can lead to various health risks with extended exposure.

Allergies

It can be difficult to keep outdoor allergens from entering your home, especially when things like pollen and ragweed are high during the hot summer months. While it’s almost impossible to control your exposure to outdoor allergens, you can suppress your exposure when indoors. Aprilaire whole-home air purifiers trap up to 99%* of airborne contaminants, including asthma and allergy triggers, to increase your Indoor Air Quality.

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

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Aprilaire’s Most Energy-Efficient Indoor Air Quality Solutions

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Saving energy is near the top of most homeowners’ to-do lists, and for good reason. Improved energy efficiency has several benefits including lower utility bills, extended life of some home appliances, and a positive impact on the environment.

Aprilaire is the first whole-home dehumidifier manufacturer to achieve the ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient 2021 certification, delivering 23% annual energy savings above conventional products. Read below to learn more about Aprilaire’s best Indoor Air Quality solutions for improving the energy efficiency of your home.

NEW Aprilaire e-series™ Dehumidifiers

Energy efficiency is always top of mind at Aprilaire. And after years of research and engineering, we’re excited to introduce our new e-series Dehumidifiers. These innovative units are designed to remove more moisture per day using less power. And as always, they’re easy to install right out of the box.

We have a few different models available, each offering a range of features including options with leveling feet, casters, or hardwired powering so it can be installed according to the unique needs of your home. And with capacities ranging from 70-130 pints per day, you can match the dehumidifier size to the square footage of your home and the humidity levels in your area.

Programmable or Smart Thermostat

Putting a heater and air conditioner on a schedule means you are only paying for comfort when you’re actually enjoying it. Aprilaire Wi-Fi thermostats provide control from anywhere by syncing with your mobile device. With the ability to monitor humidity and temperature conditions in your home even when you’re not there, programmable thermostats offer peace of mind as well as major savings, approximately $180 per year compared to non-programmable ones.

High-Efficiency Air Filters

HVAC systems are forced to work harder to pull air through filters that are not in prime condition. When you choose a high-efficiency Aprilaire air filter, you’re helping to protect your HVAC system from fewer service calls. Our filters are specifically engineered to work with your Aprilaire air purifier. They’re effective for 6-12 months compared to the traditional 1-3 month filter, saving you precious time and money.

Whole-Home Air Purifier

Aprilaire air purifiers can be installed as part of your home’s central heating and cooling unit, or we have more versatile units that can be installed in your home’s basement, attic, or closet. This is the best way to suit your energy efficiency needs and create a Healthy Air environment throughout your home.

Contact a Healthy Air Professional for Energy Efficiency

While we’re talking about energy efficiency, it’s never too early to gear up your home for that inevitable summer humidity. Contact an Aprilaire Healthy Air Professional to discuss all your dehumidification and energy-saving needs this summer.

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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