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The Dangers of Black Mold

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Excess humidity leads to black mold

 

High levels of moisture present a dangerous situation for homeowners and in some severe cases may result in black mold. There are limited warnings that a home has black mold except for musty smells and respiratory symptoms such as coughing and sneezing. It results, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from constant exposure to moisture from water leaks or floods or and grows on fiberboards and drywall. Homes with wallpaper may be at a higher risk since the covering can trap moisture.

 

Symptoms for Black Mold

 

Medical professionals have not determined specific health issues with black mold, but there have been reports associating it with asthma in children, lethargy, and memory loss. For normally healthy adults, the symptoms are typical of a respiratory infection, including coughing, wheezing, and sneezing.

 

Waterproofing

 

Due to the risks associated with excess humidity, it is important to test each home with a hygrometer. For those who have or are prone to excess humidity, let them know their solutions like waterproofing their basement or crawlspace and adding a dehumidifier.

 

While waterproofing may prevent excess moisture from seeping into the home, a dehumidifier can remove any excess moisture from building up from daily activities like showering, laundry, and washing the dishes. Dehumidifiers also help protect the home from other issues due to excess moisture including rotting wood, pests, and indoor allergens, among other airborne irritants.

 

AprilAire Dehumidifiers

 

AprilAire Dehumidifiers have an easy-to-read digital display to make monitoring humidity easy. ENERGY STARⓇ recently named the 1870 line of whole-home dehumidifiers its Most Efficient 2020 – the first time a whole-home dehumidifier received this certification.

 

AprilAire Dehumidifiers also come equipped with a 5-year warranty and are designed and manufactured in the United States. This lets homeowners know that you are installing a quality healthy air solution that will effectively remove moisture from the home and prevent mold growth in their home.

 

For more information about the benefits of installing an AprilAire Dehumidifier in the home, go to the dehumidifiers’ products benefits page on AprilAire Partners. You will also find a broad range of applications and installation options for AprilAire Dehumidifiers.

 

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AprilAire at AHR Day Two: Talking Humidifiers with David and Damian

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Day two at AHR was bustling and full of great conversations, many of which were focused on humidifiers. We’re certainly well known for this product line and we definitely love to talk about them. It’s always a good idea to talk about them to your customers since there’s never any shortage of problems that humidifiers can solve. Watch the video above with HVAC Channel Sales Manager David Voight and Product Manager Damian Mannino to see more about what we’re talking about at AHR this year.

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AprilAire at AHR Day Three: Spotlight on Dehumidifiers

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In yesterday’s video, David and Damian discussed the AprilAire humidifier models that we had on display at AHR. Today, we’re going to put the spotlight on our dehumidifiers – yet another effective solution for problems that homeowners face in regards to health and comfort in their homes. Watch the video above and pick up some great talking points that you should share with your customers.

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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.

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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.