The History of AprilAire: Innovations in Indoor Air Quality

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The History of AprilAire: Innovations in Indoor Air Quality

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The History of AprilAire

People have always wanted to be healthy and safe indoors from living in cooled caves to sturdy log cabins to modern-day housing with heating and air conditioning. The pursuit of better has consistently been a part of human life. Let’s take a look at how the pursuit of better has been at the forefront of AprilAire’s mission since the beginning.

The Beginning 

Our story began in 1938 with the formation of Research Products Corporation, the parent company of AprilAire. We started in Madison, Wisconsin after former employees of the Burgess Battery Company purchased patents and buildings from their former employer. Their goal was to specialize in building materials and products that conditioned water.

These products increased in demand during wartime in the early 1940s and allowed the company to expand, but we decided to pursue the conditioning of another vital element instead moving forward.

From Water to Air

Starting in 1954, AprilAire switched its focus to Indoor Air Quality by manufacturing the first whole-home humidifier. This was a revolutionary innovation in humidity control and health for homes in Research Products’ backyard and across the country.

Seasons are harsh in Wisconsin so Research Products employees experienced and sympathized with the unhealthy effects of dry winter air. That led to the creation of additional humidification solutions, which became the first line of whole-home Indoor Air Quality products branded with the AprilAire name.

The Expansion of AprilAire

The AprilAire humidifier lineup was incredibly popular. As a result, our company expanded into more buildings in Madison and purchased land about 25 miles north in the village of Poynette, Wisconsin to establish a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility with the groundbreaking taking place in 1960.

It was also around this time that Research Products began looking for other areas of investment. This forward-thinking approach and commitment to innovation has stayed with the AprilAire brand ever since.

Technology and Rebranding

In 1989, AprilAire introduced the first automatic humidifier control, setting the stage for modern humidistats.

By 2000, AprilAire whole-home Indoor Air Quality products were found in homes all across the country.

AprilAire continued to perfect and innovate whole-home products such as air purifiers, air filters, ventilation systems, thermostats, and dehumidifiers. Most recently, we have launched comprehensive radon testing and mitigation services to provide a full suite of Healthy Air offerings. Learn more about AprilAire Radon Control solutions.

Today and Tomorrow: The History of AprilAire

AprilAire is still based in Madison, Wisconsin and remains committed to providing best-in-class Indoor Air Quality solutions through research, engineering, product refinement, and practical experience. 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. 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. We look forward to continuing to deliver this to our customers. AprilAire is Healthy Air.