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Meet the New AprilAire

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Welcome to 2022! To start off the new year, we’re excited to show you a few of the changes we’re making here at AprilAire.

For starters, we may look a bit different with our refreshed logo, colors, and website design. We like the changes and think you will too. Below, we’ll go into some of the reasons for the new look.

As for what’s not going to change, that includes most of everything you love about AprilAire: innovative products, professional-grade solutions for the home, and a strong belief that everyone deserves Healthy Air.

We’re invested in our five core values, all with the goal of bringing you and your family Healthy Air you can depend on:

  1. Healthy Living: Breathing Healthy Air helps prevent illness and expedite healing, and improve sleep, cognitive abilities, and overall well-being.
  2. Inspired Innovation: We find inspiration to create, design, and build from the needs of consumers and the expertise of professional contractors and builders.
  3. Simplicity by Design: Solutions that are intuitive, easy to connect, and simple to use and maintain.
  4. Built on Straight Talk and Delivering Real Results: We communicate clearly and do what we say we’ll do.
  5. Making a Difference: Our work ethic is fueled by a passion to make a Healthy Air difference in the lives of our customers, families, and communities.

Welcome to the new AprilAire.

Real Promises. Real Results.

When we set out to create the new AprilAire, we found inspiration by turning to our proud history of providing air quality solutions in the home.

Back in 1954 we invented the first residential humidifier, and we haven’t slowed down since. With a focus on the health and wellness of families everywhere, we’ve designed and built products that improve and maintain Indoor Air Quality.

We’ve innovated through the years, gaining inspiration from the needs of consumers and the expertise of professional contractors and builders to create industry-leading solutions in humidity control, fresh air ventilation, and air purification.

Expanding the Healthy Air Vision

Let’s take a look at some of the exciting changes that are a big part of the new AprilAire.

  • Expertise: We are expanding our capabilities with investments in new lab testing facilities, engineering, and IoT (Internet of things) expertise.
    Bringing IoT technology to our Healthy Air systems will deliver a better user experience at home, letting you easily control and monitor the health of the air you’re breathing.
  • People: Our big goals require the work of a dedicated team. With the added focus on air quality amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve already doubled our head count to more than 700 team members with plans for adding more. If you’re interested in joining AprilAire, check out our Careers page.
  • Buildings: We completed state-of-the-art additions to our current operations with a new 110,000-square-foot distribution and shipping center, and a 60,000-square-foot manufacturing building.

On top of that, we opened a second office building to accommodate our growing team focused on manufacturing and technology.

  • Radon Awareness: AprilAire is committed to our mission of delivering Healthy Air to every home. As part of this mission, we’re bringing awareness to the dangers of radon in the home. Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, and colorless substance, and can be detected only with special testing. It’s the #1 cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, and presents a real risk to millions of people.
    To bring awareness to the dangers of radon, we’re proud to announce the launch of the AprilAire Radon Mitigation product line.

Looking Forward with AprilAire

We’re headed for an exciting era at AprilAire, defined by further innovations and the same standard of excellence. We’ll get there with a strong work ethic and by following our core beliefs and standards:

  • We believe everyone deserves Healthy Air.
  • We create solutions for all types of homes: single-family homes, multifamily dwellings, apartments, and beyond.
  • You can enjoy a Healthy Air environment at home regardless of the weather or climate in your area.
  • We design our solutions to be intuitive, easy to connect, simple to use and maintain, and environmentally friendly.
  • We are committed to the people who depend on AprilAire every day, and strive to be a trusted partner in their Healthy Air journey.

That’s the new AprilAire. Check back often for exciting updates and the latest information on creating a Healthy Air environment in your home. We’re looking forward to being there for you every step of the way.

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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.

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Winter Prep — How to Enjoy Healthy Air in Your Home

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We’re not wishing away the mild, comfortable fall weather anytime soon. But we like to be prepared, so we’re taking a look ahead to getting the home ready for the upcoming winter season.

As cold temperatures and mixed precipitation set in across the country, the air quality in your home can be impacted by a number of factors. (So can the air outside.) Let’s review the most common sources of indoor air pollution during the winter, and see how to fix them with the AprilAire Healthy Air System®.

Tightly Sealed Homes

In wintertime, we want to shut out the cold and keep our homes insulated from whatever is going on outdoors. While keeping doors and windows shut and closing up any cold drafts are good for comfort and your heating bill, they also stop fresh outdoor air from coming into your home. This is especially true for newly constructed homes that prioritize a tight seal.

To get the best of both worlds—efficient heating and fresh air—look at installing a fresh air ventilation system and whole-house air purifier for improved Indoor Air Quality in the winter and year-round.

Mold and Mildew

A tight seal in the home can also cause moisture to become trapped, leading to the growth of mold and mildew, which negatively impact Indoor Air Quality and can cause odors or ruin woodwork and furniture.

Make sure to use the exhaust hood above your stove when cooking and in the laundry room, and keep the bathroom fan on for about 30 minutes after showering to allow steam to escape. An AprilAire whole-house dehumidifier can also help maintain a balanced humidity level of 40–60%.

Heating Sources

Do you sneeze every time the furnace kicks in? Your heating system might have an old air filter that’s recirculating dust and other allergy irritants. Plus, if you’re using a gas stove, wood stove, or fireplace for heat, be aware of high carbon dioxide levels and increased particulate matter in your air.

Install a new air filter in your furnace (AprilAire filters should be replaced every 6–12 months) and make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are working properly near combustion sources. (And don’t forget about radon.)

Drop in Humidity

The process of heating your home can zap moisture from the air and lead to itchy skin, dry sinuses, and even static shocks. Low relative humidity indoors can also make you sick. Plus, dry air doesn’t hold heat as well as moist air, creating the need to heat your home even more to feel warm.

A balanced humidity level helps offset the effects of dry air. An AprilAire whole-house humidifier can keep every area of your home comfortable.

Pets

Extreme winter weather can make it unsafe for pets to be outdoors for any extended period of time. That means you get the benefit of their snuggles all winter long, but you also have to deal with more shedded hair and pet dander in the house.

If pet hair becomes an issue, increase the frequency of vacuuming and dusting in high-traffic areas. Plus, an AprilAire whole-house air purifier can reduce the amount of hair and dander circulating throughout your home. For areas your pets hang out in often, a room air purifier can be an effective supplement.

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.

How Fall Pests Get In Your Home

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Don’t Let Pests Haunt Your Home This Fall

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As the heat of summer gives way to chillier temperatures this fall, we’re headed inside to stay warm and comfy with family and friends.

But the coziness of the indoors can be appealing to some uninvited guests, too. Pests like insects and rodents seek the warmth and moisture of the areas inside and around your home, like the basement, attic, crawl space, garage, or even within the walls.

How Pests Infest Your Home

In addition to compromising structural aspects of your home, pest activity can impact the safety of your indoor environment by introducing infectious diseases and waste. Needless to say, a pest infestation is not something you want to deal with. Let’s take a look at the primary ways these critters can enter your home during the fall season.

Fireplace

A properly ventilated fireplace is essential in maintaining healthy Indoor Air Quality. But ventilation systems can become clogged or broken over time, eventually allowing access from the outdoors through small cracks or damaged mesh barriers. Climbers like squirrels, rats, and raccoons could gain access to the house or become stuck in the chimney.

If you’re unsure of how to clean and maintain your fireplace, have it inspected by a professional so you can enjoy it worry-free all fall and winter.

Drafty Windows and Doors

Where there’s a draft, there’s a way into your home for tiny pests. Check all exterior doors on your home, garage, or shed to ensure you’re not letting heat out or critters in. Some doors and windows may need added weather stripping or insulation to plug holes and cracks. Don’t forget about pet doors either.

Attic or Garage

Whether or not they’re heated or fully insulated, attics and garages are prone to pest activity because they provide protection from the weather. If you’re not often using those spaces, it can be hard to determine if you have a pest problem. But annual inspections of the structures should reveal any potential issues like cracks, holes, or unwanted moisture.

Foliage Piles

Some animals and insects will build nests inside piles of unkempt foliage or wood, taking advantage of the insulation provided by leaves or wood piles. Plus, there’s another pest that can thrive in these damp areas—mold. To avoid the growth of mold in your yard, properly elevate and store wood piles and dispose of leaf piles before they can turn moldy. And keep wood piles far enough away from your house so you don’t encourage any nesting critters to find their way indoors.