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AprilAire Offers Back-to-School Deal on MERV 16 Air Filters

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  • As Students Head Back to School, Many Classrooms Have Improved Air Systems but Healthy Air at Home Is Just as Critical
  • Healthy Air Leader Encourages MERV 16 Filter Upgrade to Capture 98%* of Airborne Viruses

MADISON, Wis. (August 29, 2022) – Today, AprilAire, the nationwide leader in professional-grade Healthy Air solutions for the home since 1954, is launching a promotion to encourage customers to upgrade to MERV 16 filters in their whole-house air purification system during this back-to-school season. As students head back to classrooms, many of which have recently upgraded air systems, AprilAire executives stress people should not overlook the critical nature of healthy indoor air in the home as well.

“Because we believe that everyone deserves healthy air around the clock, we’re encouraging people to upgrade their MERV 13 filters to the highest rated MERV 16 to further improve the air in their homes and this promotion helps make that more affordable,” said Dale Philippi, President and CEO of Research Products Corporation, AprilAire’s parent company. “There’s no better time to roll out this promotion than the fall back-to-school season when everyone’s heading inside. Improved classroom air is certainly important, but we cannot overlook healthy indoor air at home too. After all, that’s where we spend most of our time.”

The promotion runs from August 29 to September 11 and features 10% off AprilAire’s entire MERV 16 filter lineup on Amazon and the AprilAire website. Alternatively, homeowners can find a local AprilAire Healthy Air Professional and inquire about AprilAire solutions to help reduce pollen, mold spores, bacteria and viruses, pet dander, dust and dust mites, tobacco smoke, and pollution indoors.

As students go back to school, they will be exposed to new germs and viruses which makes at-home protection all the more critical and MERV 16 is the industry gold standard for filters.

MERV is one of two types of filters and the most efficient one commonly used in whole-home HVAC applications. MERV is a scale or rating created by ASHRAE (The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and means “minimum efficiency rating value.” Filters are rated from one to 16 and, to bear the highest rating of 16, the filter must be at least 95% efficient on 0.3 microns (AprilAire’s MERV 16 filters capture 98%* of airborne viruses and 99%* of allergy and asthma triggers). For perspective, a human hair is 50–70 microns or about 200 times larger than 0.3 microns.

MERV 13 filters are starting to become an industry standard in new construction as a recommended home filtration level which needs to be at least 50% efficient in the 0.3-micron range (AprilAire’s MERV 13 filters capture 93%* of airborne viruses).

HEPA, high efficiency particulate air, is the other type of filter and, while common in portable units like AprilAire’s room air purifier, they are not common in residential whole-home HVAC systems. HEPA filters are more typically used for medical or critical environments like clean rooms or operating suites.

Beyond a complete line of filters, AprilAire offers homeowners indoor air quality peace of mind for the whole house with dehumidifiers for summer comfort, humidifiers in the winter, and a full line of professional-grade, residential Healthy Air solutions including air purifiers. The company’s signature solution, the AprilAire Healthy Air System®, is a set-it-and-forget-it system for all-in-one fresh air ventilation, air purification, humidity control, zoning, control, and radon mitigation which are all essential to maintaining proper indoor air quality no matter the season.

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

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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

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