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Healthy Air In The News – March 2021

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Healthy Air In The News is a collection of recently published articles and resources that we’ve found for you to share with your co-workers and customers. Help spread the message about what everyone can do to create Healthy Air!

MIT – COVID-19 Indoor Safety Guideline
https://indoor-covid-safety.herokuapp.com/

This interesting new app from MIT researchers calculates safe occupancy levels and periods of exposure for indoor environments with the goal of limiting COVID-19 transmission. Taking into account room specifications, number of occupants and human behavior (e.g. speaking, exercising, use of a mask, etc.) the app provides a general safety guideline for people to follow. A great interactive tool you can share with customers anytime, but especially when promoting Effective Virus Protection with AprilAire’s Healthy Air System!

Business Insider – Using a humidifier in your home this winter could lower the risk of coronavirus transmission and give your immune system a leg up
https://www.businessinsider.com/humidifiers-could-reduce-coronavirus-transmission-risk-indoors-2020-12

A great article from Business Insider provides insight into how humidity and temperature impact the spread of coronavirus along with why proper humidification is especially important during the winter. It also includes a conversation about how an indoor relative humidity range of 40-60% *provides an overall benefit to our immune systems. While the benefits of using a humidifier are highlighted, readers are also reminded that virus spread prevention is a multi-faceted approach. One that includes overall air quality control (e.g. ventilation, air filtration, etc.), proper hygiene, and mask use.

AARP – How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
https://www.aarp.org/home-family/your-home/info-2020/improve-home-air-quality.html

A great resource to share with your customers, How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality provides some great tips for homeowners to get them thinking about proper ventilation, air purification, radon, and mold/mildew prevention. This doesn’t just include the HVAC strategies that you, as contractors, know and promote so well. The article also talks about developing good habits like using ceiling fans and cleaning cooking vents on a regular basis to promote good ventilation.

*AprilAire, in concordance with ASHRAE, recommends keeping indoor humidity levels between 30-60% to minimize virus survival rates.

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Corbett Lunsford from Home Diagnosis On IAQ

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Lunsford’s Advice For Creating A Healthy Home

 

We talked about creating a healthy home and much more with Corbett Lunsford, co-host of the public television series ‘Home Diagnosis,’ which focuses on the science of homes.

 

This article serves a great resource to inform your customer’s on the importance of reducing chemicals in the home. The challenges will be different depending on the age of the home. 

 

While buying an older, existing home presents its own air quality challenges, building a new home provides your customers with a chance to create their own unique space. 

 

Modern building techniques and materials make construction more efficient and less expensive, but some of them can emit pollutants into the air and introduce other potential air quality issues.

 

Lunsford and the zero-VOC home

 

“Every home is a chemical experiment at work,” said Corbett Lunsford. “Think of the home as a planet, with millions of microorganisms, an ecosystem that evolves as more things are added to it. Try to avoid bringing reactive things into the house and things that will “off-gas” over the long-term, like insulation or materials with flame retardants.” 

 

Lunsford reminds us that despite your customer’s best efforts, it is impossible to have a zero-VOC home. 

 

“We’re always bringing chemicals and VOCs into the house with everyday activities like cooking and cleaning and breathing.”

 

Using the AprilAire Healthy Air System™ helps keep those VOCs that Lunsford mentioned from accumulating in the customer’s homes. This multi-prong approach helps reduce the proliferation of VOCs, airborne viruses, odors, and other pollutants that can wreak havoc on a home’s indoor air quality. This approach uses humidity control, air filtration, and fresh air ventilation to address the multitude of problems faced by homeowners. 

 

Lunsford details all of the important steps homeowners can take, with your help, to keep their home’s ecosystem balanced. We detail the ways that AprilAire can address those concerns presented by homeowners in both new and older homes. 

 

‘You Should Have A Dehumidifier’

 

  • “You should have a dehumidifier, even if you have a humidifier for the winter. What you want to do is control the humidity so you don’t grow mold.

 

Controlling humidity is a crucial component for controlling indoor air quality. ASHRAE recommends keeping a home’s humidity between 30-60 percent to the proliferation of a majority of issues like airborne viruses, pests, and mold. AprilAire Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers feature an easy display panel to keep your  customer’s home comfortable. A humidifier and dehumidifier will also help protect important furnishings in the home from warping and rotting. This is especially key for older homes. 

 

Lunsford says Ventilation is Key

 

  • “If you have an outdoor air system that works, then things like chemicals and humidity won’t be as big of an issue.”

 

With newer homes, ventilation is key. Newer built homes are built tighter which is great for energy-efficiency, but the home traps in moisture and chemicals. An AprilAire Ventilation system works to remove that moisture and chemical-filled air and replace it with fresh air from the outside. Our ventilation system filters and humidifies the outdoor air that it brings in too. 

 

Lunsford’s Healthy Home Advice for Kids

 

Keeping the air healthy is especially important for kids’ developing lungs. 

 

“If you’re seeking healthier indoor air, especially for developing kids, you need a MERV 13 filter,” Lunsford said. 

 

Constant exposure to air pollution can cause respiratory issues like asthma. 

 

“Carpets hold onto a lot of particles. Children spend the most time next to that flooring that may have harmful chemicals in it,” according to Lunsford.

 

Lunsford recommends using an air purifier to filter out those harmful particulates and replace those particulates with healthy air. Those particulates include asthma and allergy triggers, radon, and odors. 

 

While Lunsford recommends a MERV 13 Filter, AprilAire offers a MERV 16 Filter which can be paired with several of our air purifiers to filter out those harmful particulates even better. Our Model 5000 Air purifier paired with our MERV 16 Air Filter offers superior protection to your customer’s HVAC system and filters out 98% of airborne particulates that trigger asthma. 

 

As Lunsford said, a home’s ecosystem is a balance. Provide resources below to your customers and let them know that AprilAire has a multitude of products to help combat indoor air quality regardless of whether it’s a new home or an existing home. 

 

Corbett Lunsford’s Recommended Resources

The HOMEChem Experiment

A deep exploration into how indoor air chemical compounds interact and transform throughout a normal day of activities.

Six Classes Approach

Information on household chemicals.

Toxic Chemicals and Home Performance

Biophysical chemist Arlene Blum talks with Corbett Lunsford and Grace (hosts of Home Diagnosis) to talk about the “Six Classes” of harmful chemicals.

Home Performance YouTube Channel

Over 500 educational videos on the science of homes.

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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.