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AprilAire Stands Up For Clean Air

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Every year, the American Lung Association works diligently to champion lung health for all Americans. Through a variety of education, research and advocacy initiatives they strive to prevent disease and promote health. Here at AprilAire, we believe everyone deserves access to healthy air. So it only made sense that we should partner with the Lung Association to work together on our complementary missions. Strength in numbers, right? We were excited to launch this partnership in early 2020, eagerly kicking things off by becoming a national sponsor of the Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb. The Fight For Air Climb is one of many Lung Association events designed to support friends and loved ones living with a lung disease while raising funds for clean air, lung health education and other aspects of the organization’s mission.

More recently, the Lung Association launched the Stand Up For Clean Air initiative to honor the 50th anniversary of the Clean Air Act. This provides a platform for everyone to learn about how air quality impacts our lives and health, as well as ways to advocate and educate others about this important topic at a community level. It is about creating conversations around air quality, climate and health. More importantly, conversations that explore who may be impacted the most (e.g. low-income communities, older Americans, people of color, etc.) by these issues. AprilAire was very excited to sponsor and support this initiative.

The #MyCleanAirStory contest grew out of the Stand Up For Clean Air initiative as a way for people to share their thoughts on why clean air matters to them. Created by the Lung Association, it allows a glimpse into why clean air matters to all Americans. Nine contestants won AprilAire Allergy True HEPA Air Purifiers donated by AprilAire. The grand prize contest winner won a whole-home Indoor Air Quality upgrade which included a free AprilAire Healthy Air System™ installation from our valued partner contractor, Aaron York’s Quality Air in Indianapolis, IN. Committed to building trust and delivering quality service, York’s has been providing HVAC and Indoor Air Quality services to their community for almost 45 years. Reflecting on the installation process, Aaron York’s President Kris Conover, stated “Being able to promote a system concept like this is really ideal. I love sharing with people all the aspects of what goes into creating good Indoor Air Quality in the home.”

Clean air matters to all of us – for one reason or another. Start asking your customers why clean air is important to them!

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What Can Imprinted Air Purifiers Do For Your Business?

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How many ways can an AprilAire air purifier help your business? Watch this video with Joe Hoffmann from Hoffmann Brothers in St. Louis as he tells us about the benefits of our air purifiers, as well as the positive impact their imprinted logo has made on their ability to keep customers for life. If you have questions about our imprinting offer, contact your AprilAire District Sales Manager.

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High Efficiency Filtration in Unconventional Settings

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One of the things we want to do here at Partners ProTalk is feature stories from our great AprilAire Partner dealers from all over the country. Our Marketing Communications Manager Tom Ruse recently went down to Murphysboro, IL and met up with Neil Voss from Voss Heating to see how he and his team make AprilAire Air Purifiers a focus of their installs.

It’s all about having a combination of the right equipment, smarts and in some cases, a little spit-balling.

Whenever I talk to contractors who’ve been around the block about installs, it’s amazing how quickly they start talking over my head. It’s not that they mean to, it’s just that it’s not that big of a leap. But still.

I’m always impressed with their technical chops. They have to know the physics of air movement, the mechanics of HVAC equipment, plumbing and electricity hands down. They also tend to be the ultimate handymen; able to think on their feet, improvise when necessary and find a solution to a set of problems that may be so unique that they may never come across them again in just the same way.

Neil Voss is one of those guys. He may have a fancy, yet well-deserved VP title now, but when you talk to him, you know he’s “been there/done that” and probably still does. I asked Neil about a particular install that illustrates a way to use a larger air cleaner for tons of air flow, while keeping static pressure in check. This is some of Neil’s handiwork:

 

Air Movement High, Static Pressure Low

“This is a 5 ton system with 4 zones. There are actually 2 systems like that in this building. It’s a church and it’s a classroom wing of the building they added on. We have 10 tons of cooling in there and 8 separate zones. The furnaces are set up to provide about 2,000 CFM, so we wanted to use the 1510 filter. The size of the 1510 allows plenty of air to move through it without adding a lot of static pressure. The other benefit is we only have to use 1 filter. I see this far far too often, but people don’t bother to read the instructions. Furnaces that move 2000 CFM require a return opening on either, both sides, or bottom only.  The 1510 is tall enough that we simply put it on a furnace box, and cut the side out of the box and the furnace, as well as remove the bottom of the furnace.  The size of the 1510 also matches perfectly to a 24” wide furnace.”

“We’ve used AprilAire filters in a lot of ‘unconventional’ settings. We recently installed three 1410 filters banked together on two twinned Carrier furnaces that share a return box (see above). Another thing we do A LOT in lieu of trying to adapt a filter to a unit: we install the filter in the furnace or fan coil box and the box is made the correct size for the unit. Hard to explain, but actually simple in concept. This makes for a super clean install because there are no weird overhangs or things not fitting, etc.

“Bottom line is we don’t ever go to an install and think, ‘the filter has to attach directly to the furnace or air handler’. Depending on the situation, we routinely use the filter in what will end up being the cleanest or neatest way to install it. So the 2210 might get used on a furnace, the 1410 might get used on a fan coil. We’ve used a bunch of 1510’s but we haven’t used one on a geo thermal yet. We stock the whole 1000 series line, and only replace the media with MERV 13 media”.

So there you have it!  Straight from the Pros. Even our own Air Purifier Product Marketing Manager Chris Chase concurs after viewing these pictures.  “These guys install a good looking system and you can tell that they design it for performance and with the end-user in mind”.

Neil Voss is Vice President of Voss Heating and A/C in Murphysboro IL. 15 years at Voss, Neil and his brother-in-law Anthony Baston took over for Neil’s father, who started the business in 1972. Voss runs 10 trucks around a 45-mile radius from Murphysboro, a rural community about 100 miles southeast of St. Louis.

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Healthy Air In The News

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Healthy Air in the News is a collection of articles that we’ve put together for you to share with your co-workers and others in the business of IAQ. Help educate others about what we are all doing to create Healthy Air!

 

ACHR News – Manufacturers Look at Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality While Controlling Costs

https://www.achrnews.com/articles/144847-manufacturers-look-at-ways-to-improve-indoor-air-quality-while-controlling-costs

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us all take a closer look at the air quality inside the spaces where we work and play. This brings new challenges for building owners and operators who have traditionally made energy efficiency the priority and focused on protecting equipment versus people. This ACHR News article discusses how IAQ strategies can sometimes directly conflict with the energy efficiency within HVAC system management. We also learn about the pros and cons of ventilation and air filtration, along with why this new focus on indoor air quality won’t be going away anytime soon.

 

ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) – ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Releases Updated Airborne Transmission Guidance

https://www.ashrae.org/about/news/2021/ashrae-epidemic-task-force-releases-updated-airborne-transmission-guidance

This new statement from the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force, released in April 2021, supports the position that modifications to HVAC systems are important in reducing airborne exposure to SARS-CoV-2. The press release specifically mentions air filtration and ventilation as important strategies for reducing the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic. The task force was formed in March 2020 to provide guidance for controlling the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 within HVAC systems. Use this statement to support all your efforts in promoting IAQ!

 

Kaiser Health News – As Schools Spend Millions on Air Purifiers, Experts Warn of Overblown Claims and Harm to Children

https://khn.org/news/article/as-schools-spend-millions-on-air-purifiers-experts-warn-of-overblown-claims-and-harm-to-children/

As students return to the classroom, schools have been under extreme pressure to ensure that the air inside their buildings is clean and virus-free. This article examines some of the dangers that can arise when IAQ solutions aren’t properly vetted out due to a rush for quick, less expensive fixes. These include devices that produce harmful amounts of ozone, use ineffective technology or those that aren’t able to purify spaces adequately. Turns out those tried and true strategies like ventilation, MERV 13 filters, and HEPA filters may be the most effective options after all.

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AprilAire e-Series Dehumidifiers

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As Healthy Air experts, you know that humidity control is essential for protecting health and homes. Excess moisture can lead to mold, pest infestation, and warping of woodwork/trim. Controlling the relative humidity in a home can also reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses, the symptoms of asthma, and other respiratory conditions   ̶   all while increasing comfort. In addition to added health and comfort, decreasing the moisture level in a home helps the air conditioning to run more efficiently, thus saving homeowners on energy costs.

 

At AprilAire, delivering Healthy Air is our mission, and humidity control is a fundamental component of healthy air. In our ongoing efforts to produce the best Healthy Air Solutions for contractors, we present our e-series line of dehumidifiers. e-series dehumidifiers feature increased energy efficiency and moisture removal capacity while maintaining our gold-standard ease of installation and a wide variety of install applications.

 

Models E080, E100, and E130 are all recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient® for 2021 – the first whole-home dehumidifiers to receive this certification – delivering 23% annual energy savings above conventional products. Removing more moisture with less energy means greater performance and healthier air for homeowners.

 

Models E080, E100, and E100C feature greater moisture removal capacity than their previous iterations (models 1830, 1850, and 1852). Model E080 now removes 80 pints of moisture from the air per day, and Models E100 and E100C now remove 100 pints per day. e-series dehumidifier capacities range from 70 to 130 pints per day, overall, which allows you to select the right size dehumidifier for the job.

 

As always, AprilAire e-series dehumidifiers are easy to install right out of the box. They include easy-to-access wiring connections and a digital interface that makes set-up quick and painless. Our wide range of models includes options with leveling feet, casters, or hardwired powering options. Duct collars are included for flexibility with different applications. We didn’t make any changes to our current installation methods – so if you are familiar with installing 1800 series models, then installing e-series dehumidifiers will be a breeze!

 

Contact your local AprilAire distributor to order e-series dehumidifiers. Need help locating your AprilAire distributor? Visit our Distributor Locator for help.

 

 

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The AprilAire Ventilating Dehumidifier

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Humidity control and proper ventilation are two major components of healthy indoor air. Dehumidifying indoor air helps to prevent mold and mildew growth, pest infestations, and damage to wood floors and furnishings. It also reduces the strain placed on air conditioning systems during hot weather, creating a higher level of comfort that heating and cooling can’t accomplish alone.

 

Proper ventilation that brings in fresh air can help reduce harmful levels of airborne viruses and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that may be present in homes from paint, cleaning substances, and more. With COVID-19 still present in our lives, proper ventilation is essential for effective virus protection. So, knowing how important both ventilation and dehumidification are for creating healthy indoor air, wouldn’t it be great if there was a product out there that could tackle both?

 

That’s where the AprilAire E100V+8190FF Ventilating Dehumidifier comes in. This product combines our award-winning energy-efficient dehumidification with fresh air ventilation. It controls humidity that is already inside the home as well as in the fresh air being brought in from outside, making the Ventilating Dehumidifier a valuable tool in creating Healthy Air in homes.

 

The Ventilating Dehumidifier features a Model E100V Dehumidifier and our patent-pending 8190FF ventilation plenum. The E100V is part of the AprilAire e-series dehumidifier line and is designed for use with the 8190FF. The 8190FF features two dampers   ̶   one for incoming fresh air and one for existing indoor air. When one damper is open the other is closed, which means that the Ventilating Dehumidifier is either bringing in and removing moisture from fresh outdoor air, or it’s controlling humidity solely within the home.

 

And like many of our other products, the Model E100V+8190FF is easy to install, with simple plug-in installation and only three duct connections.

 

Contact your local AprilAire distributor to order the Ventilating Dehumidifier. Need help locating your AprilAire distributor? Visit our Distributor Locator for help.