Clean-Air-Month

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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.

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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Healthy Recipes for No-Cook Summer Meals

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Fuel your summertime adventures with these no-cook, delicious meals and snacks! Keeping the oven and stove off during the hot, humid summer months helps cut down on energy costs and prevents the buildup of harmful substances in your indoor air.

There are so many ways to get creative with fresh, seasonal ingredients this summer. And to get you started, we’ve got five easy recipes that can satisfy everyone’s appetites without heating up the house.

Caprese Salad

Fresh, simple, and incredibly tasty. This salad works as an appetizer, snack, or one piece of a tapas-style dinner.

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store to get a head start on this filling sandwich option.

Air Fryer Radishes

Cooking with an air fryer is a great way to enjoy a hot meal or snack without adding unnecessary heat to your home. These radishes transform from fresh out of the garden into a crispy, flavorful side dish or salad topper.

Cowboy Caviar

This dip can easily turn into a main course because of how hard it is to stop eating! The perfect combination of hearty and spicy, all this crowd pleaser needs is a bag of tortilla chips.

Watermelon Sorbet

Chill out with this quick and easy dessert using a classic summertime fruit and your freezer. (We won’t blame you if you linger in the cool freezer air while making this one.)