Air Quality Anxiety

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Study Shows 74% of North Americans Have “Air Quality Anxiety”

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Increased Worry about Indoor Air Quality Spurred AprilAire’s 2021 Expansion Offering More Healthy Air Solutions Nationwide Including Air Purifiers, Dehumidifiers, Humidifiers, Filters, and Radon Testing and Mitigation

MADISON, Wis. (July 25, 2022) – AprilAire, the nationwide leader in professional-grade Healthy Air solutions for the home since 1954, experienced a significant increase in product queries and purchases since the pandemic and significantly expanded its manufacturing and distribution sites in 2021. Paired with a 2022 study that shows 74% of North Americans worry about indoor air quality (IAQ) and have “air quality anxiety,” the time is right to talk about healthy indoor air and how to get it with AprilAire’s residential solutions to improve the quality of air nationwide with air purifiers, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, air filters, and the AprilAire Healthy Air System®, which is a comprehensive, all-in-one offering. Earlier this year the company added radon testing and mitigation to its suite of healthy air products.

Air pollution is a big deal globally. Here in the states, a July 2022 study by Boston College’s Global Observatory on Planetary Health showed that pollution levels in Massachusetts were responsible for 2,780 deaths in 2019 alone. The Boston College research examines the far-reaching impact of pollution on public health in the state.

Americans spend 90% of their time inside but indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside, according to the EPA. A 2022 study commissioned by Ambius proves that people now care about indoor air. Overall, 74% of respondents felt anxious when entering indoor spaces with a perceived air quality problem, 70% believed their workspace needed air quality improvement, and 69% saw lack of investment in health and safety as an issue.

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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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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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How Smart Thermostats Create a Healthy Home Environment

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Creating a Healthy Air environment in your home is great for your family, and can save you money on energy costs over time. One way to make the process even more beneficial is to automate the systems that control your temperature, humidity level, and air quality.

AprilAire Wi-Fi thermostats are designed with your health and convenience in mind, pairing with your AprilAire whole-house solutions and the AprilAire Healthy Air App to deliver simple, round-the-clock control of your home’s air.

Smart Thermostat Benefits

Control from Anywhere

No more wasting electricity while your home is empty. AprilAire Wi-Fi thermostats and the Healthy Air App give you consistent control over your heating and cooling systems, and all of your AprilAire whole-house solutions from anywhere you have a mobile connection.

The connected thermostat even lets you create temperature schedules, so you can turn down the heat at night to create an environment that’s more conducive to restful sleep.

Balanced Humidity

Humidity levels fluctuate throughout the seasons and during large weather events. It’s crucial to ensure a balanced humidity level between 40–60% in your home, with benefits for your health, finances, and property values.

AprilAire Wi-Fi thermostats let you set up your preferred humidity levels and automatically maintain those levels through every season.

Fresh Air Ventilation

Working with your AprilAire fresh air ventilation system, AprilAire Wi-Fi thermostats offer total control of the fresh air intake for your home. Whether you do it manually or set up an automatic schedule, the system will let you know when fresh air is pumped into your home, giving you peace of mind that your family is breathing Healthy Air.

Air Purification

Certain events can make the air in your home less than fresh. When doing things like cooking, using your fireplace, or kicking up dust while cleaning, you can protect your air with Event-Based™Air Cleaning. When paired with an AprilAire whole-house air purifier, this feature gives you a simple way to scrub pollutants and irritants from your home’s air.

It’s also a huge benefit for allergy and asthma sufferers. On days with a high pollen or other allergen count, you can schedule a cleaning cycle and enjoy Healthy Air indoors throughout the allergy season.

Check out all the options available for AprilAire thermostats, and see what will best fit your home and lifestyle.