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Protect Yourself From Air Pollutants Created By Wildfires

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Climate change is creating drought-like conditions and surging temperatures. These ingredients combine to create the perfect recipe for wildfires to spark. This current iteration of wildfires is pouring pollutants into already polluted air.

In fact, wildfires are currently spreading across southern Canada and the northern United States. This collection of wildfires is coating the skies in a visible haze creating poor outdoor air quality for 60+ million Americans across the Northwest and Midwest along with impacted areas in Canada. 

Wildfires Create Outdoor and Indoor Air Pollutants

Wildfires create a handful of air quality issues such as PM2.5, ozone, ash, and smoke. These air pollutants are especially dangerous. They create irritations within the lungs leading to complications for vulnerable groups like the elderly, children, asthmatics, and those with pulmonary issues. Even for previously healthy people, repeated exposure to poor outdoor air quality can lead to lingering pulmonary and cardiovascular illnesses. 

Unfortunately, you cannot avoid these conditions by staying inside. These air pollutants can get inside your home through cracks in the foundation, windows, and doors and require you to take precautions. 

Taking Precautions Against Wildfires

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest sealing up windows, using a portable air purifier, installing high-efficiency air filters, avoiding adding volatile organic compounds to your air, and not stirring up particulates by vacuuming. You also want to make sure that the portable air purifier you purchase does not create ozone. Contact your doctor if you are at elevated risk due to pulmonary or cardiovascular issues. 

Even after the fire ends, smoke can stay in the air for several days so continue to take precautions until your outdoor air quality is deemed healthy. Ash will also linger and can be kicked up during the cleaning process. Continue to wear a mask when you go outside and monitor outdoor air quality with AirNow

As climate change continues to encroach on our lives, it’s important to start taking precautions to make sure that you and your family are protected against wildfire season. 

Whole-Home Aprilaire Products To Capture Particulates

A whole-home air purifier and high-efficiency air filters from Aprilaire are a must-have. They will capture air pollutants that float into your home from the outside and capture other indoor pollutants like odors, airborne viruses, dust, and smoke during and after wildfire season. 

For example, the Model 5000 air purifier captures up to 95% of smoke-sized particles* and 98% of airborne particles* that can trigger respiratory issues like dust and viruses. It’s a great addition to homes with vulnerable people. 

All Aprilaire whole-home air purifiers are equipped with a 5-year warranty so you can breathe easy knowing that your American-engineered products are built to last. 

Contact a local Healthy Air Pro to make sure your family is protected from poor Indoor Air Quality. You can search by zip code or city. Turn your home into a safe haven today. 

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

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Does Your City Have the Cleanest Air in the Nation?

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Air quality issues can differ depending on what region you live in. For western states, wildfire smoke is an annual concern. While in the Midwest, you may worry about the impact of tornadoes and extreme weather.

One measure of air quality uses three factors to determine the cleanest air cities: ozone, year-round particle pollution, and short-term particle pollution.

The American Lung Association reviewed 2020 air quality data from around the country to determine five cities with the cleanest air.

Does your city make the list?

Top 5 Clean Air Cities from American Lung Association

In the United States, there were over 100 cities that experienced zero days with high, short-term particle pollution in 2020.

From that list, five cities stood out because they also had zero days rated as high in ozone and are among the 25 cities with the lowest year-round particle levels.

(Listed alphabetically)

1. Burlington-South Burlington-Barre, Vermont

2. Charlottesville, Virginia

3. Elmira-Corning, New York

4. Urban Honolulu, Hawaii

5. Wilmington, North Carolina

How To Promote Clean Air in Your Life

Even if your region isn’t represented at the top of the clean air list, there are steps you can take to ensure you and your family are living with clean air in your home.

The Aprilaire Healthy Air System™ empowers you with the knowledge and resources required to create a Healthy Air environment in your home. Here are the three areas of focus:

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Fresh Air Ventilation

Fresh air is essential in clearing out the polluted, stagnant air that can build up indoors. Let in fresh air through windows if the outdoor air is safe, or you can use an Aprilaire whole-home ventilation system to mechanically bring in air. Also, make sure to use the ventilation fans in your kitchen and bathroom whenever necessary.

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Air Filtration

Bringing outdoor air into your home requires filtration to remove allergens and other pollutants. Make sure to regularly change the filters in your Aprilaire whole-home air purifier to ensure maximum protection.

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Humidity Control

Too much humidity can lead to mold and pests. Too little humidity can make your home uncomfortable. With Aprilaire humidity control, you can keep your home in the sweet spot of 40—60% humidity to prevent the spread of unhealthy air and avoid overtaxing your heating and cooling systems.

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The State of Your Air

On a broader scale that goes beyond your home, the American Lung Association has organized a petition you can sign to encourage the U.S. government to promote environmental justice and create clean air for all.

To stay current on the air quality in your region, use the Aprilaire State Of Your Air resource. Start by entering your ZIP code, and you’ll receive personalized information about the air where you live, along with strategies for optimizing your Indoor Air Quality.

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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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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.

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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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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