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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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Why You Should Become an Aprilaire Healthy Air Partner

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Healthy Air Partners at Aprilaire enjoy more than just our IAQ products. They grow their businesses strong from having access to sales and technical training, business-building marketing programs, in-home selling tools, and much more. We are continuously developing and expanding these resources and programs because we can only be successful when our partners experience success. Here are some of the key benefits of becoming a Healthy Air Partner:

 

Training and Tools

Stay educated and competitive by taking advantage of our comprehensive offering of training resources. We offer sales and technical training videos for every product line that you can view and download directly from our site. In addition, sign up for upcoming live webinars and view recent recordings that focus on product technology, seasonal campaigns, social media marketing, and more. Our Partner Selling Tips section contains everything you need to sell, install and service Aprilaire products. We also offer brochures, quote forms, postcards, and more to support consumer education and in-home selling.

 

Literature Ordering –

Speaking of selling in the home, use the Partner Toolbox to order and customize Aprilaire sales and marketing tools, showroom displays, etc. with your own logo and contact information for FREE! Let us do the work for you when creating postcards, flyers, sell sheets, and more. Access the site from your Partner dashboard or click the ‘Order’ button when exploring Consumer Selling Tools or Partner Selling Tips pages on Aprilaire Partners.

 

Product Imprinting –

Have your logo, contact information, and/or unique call-to-action printed directly on the Aprilaire thermostats and air cleaners you sell. We offer several layout options for imprinted air cleaners. These are great sales tools to present to customers in the home, at home shows, and in your showroom.

 

Healthy Home App Access –

Our Healthy Home app is a must-have if you’re interested in selling and servicing IAQ solutions in the home. You can access technical manuals, in-home sales tools, homeowner presentations, and more. Enjoy the ease of being able to both view and share these resources directly from your mobile device. When you join as an Aprilaire Healthy Air Partner, you are automatically signed up for the app and will receive your login information in 1-2 days. Available in the Apple, Google, and Microsoft app stores (you can download it on every PC in your office, too!)

 

Product Campaign Content –

Our seasonal and year-round product campaigns are another great way you can grow your business. We offer social media marketing and sales tools, e-mail content, advertisements, and more that focus on specific aspects of indoor air quality that are perfect for selling the right solution at the right time of year.

 

Syndicated Pages –

Syndicated pages are a great opportunity to market the Aprilaire products you sell without having to worry about creating and managing web page content. You can embed a pre-built Aprilaire web page directly onto your site by simply copying and pasting the code that we provide. Use one of our pre-built pages or create and customize your own*. It’s such an easy way to educate your customers about Aprilaire products, and the best part is that we keep the content up-to-date and fresh just for you!

 

These are just the benefits you receive when you become an Aprilaire Healthy Air Partner. We also offer higher levels of membership in our partner program depending on whether you meet certain sales and training requirements. These levels come with additional benefits such as co-op advertising dollars, dealer locator access, and more. Contact your district sales manager today to find out how to become a Healthy Air Pro or Healthy Air Pro Preferred!

 

So, as you can see, there are many perks to be had when you sign up to become a Healthy Air Partner! What’s more, you can keep track of everything you are doing from your Partner Activity Dashboard. View your literature ordering and product imprinting history, training activity, program participation, and more from one central location. Join today and let us support your business!

 

*Access to customizable syndicated pages may be based on Partner level.

 

 

 

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Aprilaire Imprinted Air Cleaners – Helping You Keep Your Customers for Life

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We’ve kicked off the Healthy Clean Air Campaign for Spring 2021 and we’re excited about all of the sales tools contractors and distributors can use to bring awareness to the benefits of ventilation and air cleaning. If you attended our kick-0ff webinar, you heard about all of these tools, as well as one of most popular and most effective offers — FREE air cleaner imprinting!

Since the dawn of HVAC marketing, one of the most effective tools for lead generation and customer retention has been adding your business’ sticker to every furnace or air handler you install. But all that is is just words on a sticker — maybe a small black and white logo, if you’re lucky.

When you sign up for Aprilaire Air Cleaner imprinting, you’re making your business known in a big way that you’re the one to call for all things Healthy Air — filter replacement, service, maintenance, etc. We take your business’ logo, create an artwork proof for you to approve, and then create a unique part number that you use to order your imprinted air cleaners every time.

And remember – there’s NO added cost per door for imprinting. It’s FREE. Simply place your order (see our online enrollment form for minimum order quantities) and we will ship your imprinted air cleaners to your warehouse or to your distributor of choice. Lead time is 15 business days after the order is processed.

Questions? Log in to or join Aprilaire Partners to contact your Aprilaire District Sales Manager or fill out our online Air Cleaner Imprinting Enrollment Form today. We’re looking forward to partnering with you to provide Healthy Clean Air and keep your customers for life.

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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!