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8 Radon Myths Busted by an AprilAire Expert

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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) expert separates radon fact from radon myth—the dangerous, odorless, colorless gas present in 1 of 15 U.S. homes.

MADISON, Wis. (January 13, 2022) – Jens Housley, AprilAire senior product manager for radon, separates eight radon myths from fact below —the odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that is present in one out of every 15 U.S. homes. AprilAire is the nationwide leader in professional-grade Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) solutions and systems and launched a suite of radon testing and mitigation products available this month nationwide for National Radon Action Month.

#1: I have a new home, so radon shouldn’t be a problem.

False. Radon can be found in all types of homes—new and old homes, well-insulated and drafty homes, and homes with and without basements. Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils.

#2: I did a radon test when I bought my home five years ago, so I’m good.

False. The EPA recommends testing every two years because soil composition, ground permeability and other environmental conditions can change. At AprilAire, we recommend testing every year, no matter where in the U.S. you’re located, to monitor radon levels.

#3: Radon testing is expensive so I’m saving until I can afford it.

Don’t. There are at-home tests available for less than $15. Can you really put a price on having healthy air to breathe? Radon exposure is responsible for about 21,000 U.S. deaths each year and it is the #1 cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, according to the EPA. The only way to know if you’re being exposed is to test.

#4: If I have radon, I should move.

False. If a test reveals a home has high radon levels, the danger can be addressed by an AprilAire Healthy Air Professional using one of AprilAire’s new Radon Mitigation Fans, which can reduce radon levels up to 99%.

#5: There’s a long, nightmarish road ahead if I have radon in my home.

False. Radon mitigation options can be installed in as little as a few hours and can include fans and monitoring devices. Specifications and cost will vary depending on the home’s slab size, square footage, layout, and the type of soil around the home. A professional should recommend what’s right for each home.

#6: If I have radon now, I’ll always have it.

False. Mitigation options can reduce levels up to 99%. Additional measures that can help reduce radon levels include caulking basement or foundation faults.

#7: If my neighbor has radon, so do I.

False. Factors that affect radon include differences in ground permeability and soil composition but also in home construction—and that varies home to home. Radon is very sneaky; the only way to know if you have radon is to test.

#8: A radon test takes a lot of time.

False. Most tests are set it and leave it. AprilAire’s Short-Term Radon Test Kit measures radon gas levels over a period of 3–7 days. AprilAire’s test results are easily accessible online once the test has been completed and mailed in for analysis. A long-term radon test (for increased accuracy and usually performed by a professional) measures levels for a period no less than 90 days, but once the test is set, there’s nothing a homeowner needs to do except go about their regular daily life.

Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground into a home through the foundation and is then trapped inside where it builds up. Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in a person’s lungs which, over time, can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over a person’s lifetime. The three factors that most impact a person’s risk of getting lung cancer from radon exposure are how much radon is in the home, the amount of time spent in the home, and whether or not a person smokes or has ever smoked.

For more about the EPA’s National Radon Action Month this January, click here. To learn more about AprilAire’s Healthy Air solutions or to find an AprilAire Healthy Air Professional, visit www.aprilaire.com.

About AprilAire

AprilAire is on a mission to enhance people’s health by improving the air in their homes nationwide. Headquartered in Madison, Wis. since 1954, AprilAire has been creating and delivering Healthy Air solutions to manage air purity, humidity, temperature, fresh air supply, and radon for all homes in all environments. The company has an unparalleled reputation as the brand of choice among tens of thousands of professional contractors and the millions of homeowners who use their products every day. Our professional-grade solutions reflect a combination of practical science and human understanding, intuitively designed to create healthy environments so people can breathe the fullness of life in their homes. For information, call AprilAire at 1-800-334-6011 or visit www.aprilaire.com.

Satellite Campus in Poynette Major Renovation

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AprilAire’s Satellite Campus in Poynette Gets Major Renovation, Facelift

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Leader in Indoor Air Quality Solutions Invested Nearly One Year Transitioning Former Storage and Maintenance Building to State-of-the-Industry Office and Gathering Space Complex

MADISON, Wis. (June 28, 2022) – AprilAire, the nationwide leader in professional-grade Healthy Air solutions for the home since 1954 and its parent company Research Products Corporation (RPC), has completed a major renovation and remodel in the Madison suburb of Poynette, transforming the campus’ initial building which opened in 1962 and most recently used for storage and maintenance, into state-of-the-industry offices and gathering spaces.

Located at 300 E. John Street, the 16,000-square-foot space features a new secure entrance to the campus with 16 new cubicles, 16 new individual offices, two break rooms, a fitness room, a quiet room, three team flex spaces and four collaboration zones appropriate for spontaneous conferences, drop-in meetings, impromptu discussions, and other gatherings.

“While we are headquartered in Madison, Poynette has become critical to our expansion to meet the enormous recent uptick in national interest in healthy indoor air,” said Dale Philippi, president and CEO of Research Products Corporation. “This renovation will help us meet this new demand and we are proud that we were able to repurpose an existing space. The remodel is a one-of-a-kind, multi-functional workspace and we’re thrilled to move in there.”

The renovation and remodel began in August 2021 and the plant leadership team, safety, human resources, and process engineering team moved in two weeks ago. The nine-month process included stripping the building down to its original columns and roof and building back a one-of-a-kind office space for RPC and AprilAire. Masonry stone exteriors were added, and the roof retrofitted. New, large windows were installed allowing plentiful natural light. The parking lot got a facelift with old asphalt removed and new asphalt installed, landscaping design added, and a flexible outdoor patio created.

“AprilAire’s commitment to its employees and investment in the spaces where we work is evident with this large renovation,” said AprilAire Talent Acquisition Manager Claudine Baccheschi. “We are creating a fresh new space to develop our current talent and expand on the opportunity to attract new personnel—this step not only supports our own business, but the Poynette community.”

The interior design of the remodeled space includes new furniture and casework, trendy black stain on vintage concrete floors as well as carpet and LVT flooring, employee lockers, DC fast chargers so employees can ultra-quickly boost EV batteries, and a water wall which takes inspiration from the evaporative humidifier that started it all. Streamlined wall graphics offer fresh décor and a 12-foot “We Love Healthy Air” display, the company’s motto, is a focal point. There’s even a set of overhead doors in the breakroom which open to the outside patio, accommodating larger gatherings or special events and adding an open-air setting.

“First impressions are critical in today’s labor market, and this is one more step to show how willing we are to invest in our employees and create a good work environment,” said AprilAire Senior Human Resources Manager Elizabeth Vehige.

Findorff, the Madison-based commercial building services and construction company, was the partner to RPC and AprilAire from concept and design to build out, installation, and final touches on the renovation. RPC and AprilAire also worked with Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) on the architecture design and Strand Associates on the engineering. A second, similar renovation of the second building erected on campus, built in 1962, begins immediately and Findorff will spearhead that project as well.

About AprilAire

AprilAire is on a mission to make homes healthy. We believe everyone deserves Healthy Air and envision a future with Healthy Air in every home. We value healthy living, customer inspired innovation, simplicity of design, straight talk and delivering real results as promised, and most importantly making a positive difference in the lives of our customers, families, and communities. Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin since 1954, AprilAire has been creating and delivering Healthy Air solutions to manage air purity, humidity, fresh air supply, radon mitigation, and temperature for all types of homes, in all environments. We have an unparalleled reputation as the brand of choice among tens of thousands of professional contractors and make a Healthy Air difference in the lives of the millions of families who rely on our products every day. To learn how to turn your house into a Healthy Home with the AprilAire Healthy Air System® and learn about other solutions, visit www.aprilaire.com.

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The Parade of Homes Showcases the AprilAire Healthy Air System®

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Whole-House Indoor Air Quality Solution AprilAire Healthy Air System® Featured in JM Frederick Custom Homes Build for Madison-Area Parade of Homes 2022

MADISON, Wis. (June 22, 2022) – The AprilAire Healthy Air System® is on display at the 72nd annual Parade of Homes in an inviting custom-built ranch home by JM Frederick Custom Homes at 4093 Hanover Dr., in the Savannah Brooks neighborhood in Deforest, WI.

The AprilAire Healthy Air System® provides fresh air ventilation, air filtration, humidity control, zoning, control, and radon mitigation all in one solution. Local HVAC dealer Wohlers Heating & Air Conditioning installed the whole-house system with local waterproofing service dealer Zander Solutions supporting the radon mitigation installation.

At the home, guests can experience the Healthy Air difference and receive information about getting an AprilAire Healthy Air System® installed in their own home to improve their Indoor Air Quality.

Parade of Homes is open Monday–Friday from 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday from 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. The event ends Sunday, June 26th. Tickets are available for $15 with discounted rates available for children and seniors.

About Madison Area Parade of Homes

Since 1950, hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors alike have toured over 1,000 different Parade homes across Dane County. Whether looking to build, or just wanting to keep up with the latest home trends, the Parade of Homes is a perfect summer event for attendees of all ages!

About AprilAire 

AprilAire is on a mission to make homes healthy. We believe everyone deserves Healthy Air and envision a future with Healthy Air in every home. We value healthy living, customer-inspired innovation, simplicity of design, straight talk and delivering real results as promised, and most importantly making a positive difference in the lives of our customers, families, and communities. Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin since 1954, AprilAire has been creating and delivering Healthy Air solutions to manage air purity, humidity, fresh air supply, radon mitigation, and temperature for all types of homes, in all environments. We have an unparalleled reputation as the brand of choice among tens of thousands of professional contractors and make a Healthy Air difference in the lives of the millions of families who rely on our products every day. To learn how to turn your house into a Healthy Home with the AprilAire Healthy Air System® and learn about other solutions, visit www.aprilaire.com.

Interview with the American Lung Association

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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.

St. Vincent de Paul

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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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How to Get Kids Active This Summer

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School is out for many children across the United States, leaving families with more quality time together and a lot more energy to expend. Travel plans will make for great experiences and memories. But don’t leave all the fun for the road! Let’s see some great ways you can keep the whole family engaged and entertained at home and in nearby areas.

Parks and Beaches

Can you name all the public parks and beaches near your hometown? Use the summertime to explore everything in your area, and keep a checklist to make sure you hit every one you’re interested in. Then you can narrow them down to your favorites, and visit those again and again! Use this handy park finder tool to get started.

Indoor Adventures

On days that are too hot and humid or when allergen levels are high, find indoor spaces with air conditioning and activities for everyone in the family. Museums and aquariums offer great learning opportunities, or you can visit a movie theater to check out the latest family-friendly summer blockbuster.

Staycation

Many families made upgrades to their home during the pandemic, making them more comfortable and full of entertainment options. So if you’ve got a new home theater setup or enough space for a blanket fort, don’t be afraid to spend some quality time right at home.

Plus, simple activities like a board game or putting together a puzzle offer great, low-cost opportunities to slow down and enjoy each other’s company.

To make sure you stay comfortable for at-home activities all summer long, make sure your air conditioner is cleaned up and properly maintained.

Home Cooking

The best way to wrap up a day of activities is with a nourishing homemade meal. If you want to avoid turning on the stove or oven on hot days, try cooking with an air fryer or slow cooker. To get fresh ingredients, take your family to a local farmers market and pick out local items to take back home and prepare.

And of course, the grill master in the family will take any excuse to fire up some outdoor cooking. In addition to proteins, add some fresh, seasonal veggies to the grill for an all-around satisfying meal.

Indoor Exercise

With all the different activities at your fingertips during the summer, it’s easy to forget about fitness and exercise. But on days with summer storms or extreme heat, getting the whole family moving indoors is a great way to burn off some energy and to create stronger bonds.

Start with creating a healthy exercise space, then let each member of the family choose simple indoor exercises that everyone can take part in. Even if the workout lasts for only 10 minutes, it’s worthwhile and you’ll be glad you did it.

If you want to get more creative, create a game or contest out of household chores. This gets the entire family involved in home responsibilities and creates a tidier, more peaceful space to enjoy.