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May is Clean Air Month and AprilAire Joins American Lung Association to Focus on Healthy Indoor Air Quality for Overall Health

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AprilAire offers spring cleaning tips, suggestions for America’s 50mm allergy and asthma sufferers, and an indoor air quality checklist.

MADISON, Wis. (April 20, 2021) – May is Clean Air Month and AprilAire, the nationwide leader in indoor air quality products and solutions, offers spring cleaning tips and suggestions for allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as a checklist of benefits of healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) in the home. AprilAire is supporting the American Lung Association’s (ALA) Fight for Clean Air Climb and is a National Proud Partner of the ALA, being the preferred resource for air filters with the AprilAire Healthy Air System® leading the way.

May is not only Clean Air Month, but also National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and several special days are commemorated. Air Quality Awareness Week is May 3 through 7 and May 4 is World Asthma Day. May 22 marks ALA’s Fight for Clean Air (FFCA) event in Milwaukee in which AprilAire employees will participate in the stair climbing fundraiser both virtually and in person at Milwaukee’s American Family Field, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers MLB team.

“The fight for clean air is perfectly aligned with AprilAire’s priorities,” Dale Philippi, president of AprilAire and newly appointed CEO of AprilAire’s parent company, Research Products Corporation. “Yes, May is Clean Air Month but here at AprilAire that’s our number one goal 365 days a year and has been since our founding in 1954. We’re thrilled to partner again with ALA and, beyond that, we want to educate all Americans about how to be healthy and improve indoor air quality in their homes.”

Data in an October 2020 survey by Carbon Lighthouse showed 91% of consumer respondents believe indoor air quality was key to preventing the spread of COVID-19. According to the EPA, people spend 90% of their time indoors yet that indoor air can be five times more polluted that outside. Applying the 79-70-50 rule (the average person lives to be 79 years old; of those 79 years, 70 of them are spent indoors; of those 70 years indoors, 50 of them are spent in your own home), it’s clear that indoor air quality is vital for healthy living.

Healthy Indoor Air Quality Checklist

AprilAire emphasizes that time is now to care about clean air and offers a checklist about the benefits of healthy indoor air quality. With air quality solutions for the entire house, the company especially highlights its smart, all-in-one, whole house fresh air ventilation/air filtration/humidity control innovation. AprilAire’s Healthy Air System®, introduced last fall, simultaneously maintains the home’s humidity level for a host of benefits, including helping to prevent the proliferation of viruses by introducing healthy, fresh air while helping to remove airborne dust, allergens, bacteria and viruses which can battle various health conditions.

Healthy indoor air can reduce illness by removing airborne contaminants with a MERV 16 filter for at least 95% efficiency on 0.3 microns. This healthier air can eliminate pests that thrive in homes with dust, dirt and mold, can alleviate allergies and foster improved sleep, can improve energy efficiency by managing humidity, and can increase a home’s overall value.

50 Million Americans Suffer with Allergies

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more than 50 million Americans live with nasal allergies and about half of them have seasonal pollen allergies. Since May marks not only National Asthma and Allergy Awareness but World Asthma Day on May 4, AprilAire offers an overview of the spring forecast for weather-related in a blog post. The information includes the top 10 cities nationwide predicted by the AAFA to have the worst conditions for allergy sufferers in 2021: Richmond, Va.; Scranton, Pa.; Springfield, Mass.; Hartford, Conn.; McAllen, Texas; New Haven, Conn.; San Antonio, Texas; Bridgeport, Conn.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Pittsburgh, Pa.

23 Green Spring Cleaning Tips and Hacks

Beyond healthy IAQ systems to improve overall health and wellness, there is just no way around good old spring cleaning that requires a little elbow grease. AprilAire has compiled 23 green cleaning tips and hacks to lighten the load in the kitchen, the bathroom, the laundry room and beyond.

AprilAire’s multiple homemade, natural cleaning hacks include using coconut oil to polish stainless steel, applying a baking soda/vinegar combination to clean drains, and rubbing half a lemon on faucets to remove water spots. Decorative throw pillows add charm and personality to living areas but are often a breeding ground for dust mites; clean them effectively and non-toxically by throwing them in the dryer on the high setting. A top tip includes using equal amounts of vinegar and water on a microfiber cloth to naturally clean windows and glass, but clean on an overcast day to prevent sun streaks.

About AprilAire

AprilAire is on a mission to enhance people’s health by improving the air in their homes. Headquartered in Madison, Wis. since 1954, AprilAire has been creating and delivering the best solutions to manage air purity, humidity, temperature, and fresh air supply for homes in all types of 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. In the midst of a global pandemic, it has never been more important to care about Healthy Air. To learn more about creating Healthy Air in your home and find a healthy air professional in your area, call 1-800-334-6011 or visit www.aprilaire.com.

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Stay Safe and Healthy at Indoor Gatherings This Holiday Season with AprilAire

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-When Guests Arrive for the Holidays, Unhealthy Indoor Air from Increased Cooking, Candles, Germs and Viruses Can Be Improved with Air Purification, Ventilation, and Balanced Humidity Delivered by the AprilAire Healthy Air System® –

MADISON, Wis. (Nov. 17, 2022) – With the holidays approaching, many people are planning festive indoor gatherings but with the increased cooking, burning candles, and guests potentially introducing new germs and viruses, healthy indoor air should be a top priority too for hosts. AprilAire, the nationwide leader in professional-grade Healthy Air solutions for the home since 1954, has a suite of clean air products. Led by the company’s signature whole-house 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.

“After the last couple of years, many of us are really looking forward to festive holiday gatherings this season with friends, family and loved ones. Throughout the year and during this time, we encourage everyone to consider healthy indoor air a top priority,” said Jimmy Pendley, president of AprilAire. “From whole-home healthy air systems to top-rated air cleaners and more, AprilAire solutions are proven to make indoor air cleaner and healthier, especially during the holidays.”

Delicious holiday meals require lots of preparation and cooking, but stoves and ovens can be the source of unhealthy indoor air. Gas-powered stoves and ovens can create carbon monoxide, while electric-powered appliances can release fine particles into the air. The danger doesn’t come only from food particles entering the air during cooking. According to the California Air Resources Board, stovetops powered by natural gas and propane can produce carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. Nitrogen dioxide, a respiratory irritant, can also be produced by a gas burner.

Because there’s pollution both from the high heat of cooking and from the materials used to create the heat, the ventilation fan above the stove should always be on from the start to the end of cooking to remove cooking exhaust, whether frying vegetables, boiling pasta, baking a holiday pie, or cooking a turkey.

Any good host knows that in addition to great food, great ambiance adds to holiday gatherings. Fireplaces with cozy flames and festive candles definitely set the mood, but they can also add VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are gases released from chemicals present in many cleaning supplies and common household items. Key to limiting exposure is good ventilation and air purification, qualities for which AprilAire specifically designs its products.

Guests are the final key component to successful holiday gatherings. But with guests, come new germ pools and potential viruses.

The EPA estimates indoor air is five times more polluted than outside air; adding new germs to this mix from guests from other households or who have recently traveled can be dangerous and the best way to combat any situation is to control indoor air. The AprilAire Healthy Air System® delivers healthy air to the entire house via the existing HVAC system with a multi-pronged approach for clean air: proper humidity, fresh air ventilation, and air purification. The system also provides comprehensive IAQ control and radon mitigation. Humidity control creates an environment that is difficult for airborne viruses to both live in and to spread. Fresh air ventilation helps dilute the stale air in homes that include airborne viruses, and air purification helps capture the airborne viruses.

Visit the AprilAire website to learn more about maintaining proper indoor air quality during the holidays this year and beyond. To find the right solution for residences, homeowners should contact their local AprilAire Healthy Air Professional for a consultation.

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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AprilAire Introduces New, Best-in-Class, Professional-Grade Thermostats

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-Three New Thermostat Models Feature Intuitive Display, Navigation, and Setup, IAQ Controls, and Wi-Fi—Easy Installation, Easy Programming and Easy to Use-

MADISON, Wis. (Oct. 28, 2022) – AprilAire, the nationwide leader in professional-grade Healthy Air solutions for the home since 1954, has just launched a new line of IAQ thermostats, the S86 series, featuring intuitive navigation and ease of use from installation to programming to everyday use. The series, launched this week to AprilAire professional partners, includes a model with Wi-Fi remote access and control through the AprilAire Healthy Air app. All models offer color display, capacitive touch interface, real language setup, basic and advanced installer settings, and menu style navigation.

“With our teams’ commitment to innovation as well as understanding our customers’ needs and perfecting the S86 series, I am confident we are introducing the very best new thermostats that marry off-the-charts ease of use with superior functionality,” said Jimmy Pendley, president of AprilAire.

The S86 series is easy to install with real language menus, basic and advanced HVAC installer settings, programmable and non-programmable options, and is home automation capable. The programming on the new thermostats is unparalleled with an intuitive interface to accommodate settings for individual days or seven days a week. Paired with a fan circulation mode and special features like a progressive recovery option to ensure proper temperatures for the start of an event or a convenient Heat Blast® option to raise the room temperature 3° to 5° F, there is immediate comfort and quick agility from the S86 series. Homeowners will find it easy and simple to use with a capacitive touch interface, an intuitive navigation menu, and easy-to-read color graphical display that shows room temperature, humidity, temperature setting, and outdoor temperature.

The three models in the S86 series include Multi-Stage Universal, Multi-Stage Universal with IAQ which offers ventilation, dehumidifier or humidifier controls, and Wi-Fi Multi-Stage Universal with IAQ which offers convenient control no matter where a homeowner is through the AprilAire Healthy Air app. Professional partners can find all product specifications here.

The new thermostats are the newest products in AprilAire’s suite of Healthy Air innovations for homes nationwide, led by the company’s signature solution, the AprilAire Healthy Air System®, a set-it-and-forget-it, whole house 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. To find the right solution for their residence, homeowners should contact their local AprilAire Healthy Air Professional for a consultation.

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.

2021 Good Neighbor Values

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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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What Causes Static Shocks in the Winter?

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As soon as the temperatures drop, the snow starts falling, and the furnace kicks in, you may start noticing a lot more static shocks as you move around your home. Why are static shocks so common in the wintertime?

Let’s review some common sources of static shocks this time of year, and find out how to avoid them.

Dry Air

Humidity level is the biggest factor when it comes to static shocks. Dry air is a conduit for those painful zaps because it doesn’t allow electric charges to dissipate and find balance in the same way moist air does. This causes some items to gain a positive charge, leading to a sudden transfer when they come into contact with negatively charged items.

To offset the prevalence of static shocks during dry, cold weather, you can maintain a balanced humidity level in your home between 40–60%. This will allow electrons to harmlessly move to the moisture in the air, rather than sit on surfaces, waiting to shock you when they transfer rapidly.

As a bonus, balanced humidity can also reduce your energy costs in the winter by making your home feel warmer at lower temperatures.

Clothing Materials

Certain fabrics are more likely to have a negative charge and lead to static shocks. Wool, nylon, and polyester clothing are the most susceptible. For instance, you may notice a static shock when putting on a wool winter hat.

Additionally, rubber-soled shoes will contribute to the buildup of electricity as you move across things like carpeting. This is less of a problem with leather-soled shoes.

Clothes Dryer

Dryer sheets have anti-static properties that reduce the likelihood of clothes sticking together in the dryer, and of clothes creating a static shock when you touch and wear them. You can also rub dryer sheets on areas where you often feel a static shock, like door handles or the metal parts of your vehicle.

Around Gas Pumps

In general, static shocks aren’t dangerous even though they’re uncomfortable. The only sites where they could pose a serious problem are at the gas pump or near other flammable areas. Because of this, the American Petroleum Institute recommends touching your metal door to release any static charge before touching the gas nozzle.