Healthy Clean Air

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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ACHR – https://www.achrnews.com/articles/143009-discussing-the-cdc-and-ashrae-recommendations-for-hvac-systems

 

The CDC and ASHRAE have updated their HVAC recommendations for providing healthy air to your buildings. Use these recommendations and align them with your knowledge and expertise to make the air inside your buildings healthy and safe.

 

New York Times – https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/27/health/coronavirus-transmission-indoors.html

 

The New York Times article can be summed up neatly in this quote: “Everybody is inundated right now with the shiny new solutions that are being sold to them,” Dr. Joseph Allen said. “And the reality is, it’s a time for the basics.” While there are many solutions available to homeowners today, the simple solutions will work to turn any building into a healthy building with a few smart changes. Please check out our Healthy Air System page for more information on solutions available from Aprilaire that are designed to provide simple and effective virus protection

 

New York Times – https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/18/world/asia/covid-cleaning.html

 

While many cities are implementing hourly cleanings for high-touch surfaces, very few are focusing on upgrading their HVAC equipment to mitigate the spread of the airborne virus. Make sure your team is aware of the tools provided by Aprilaire Partners to sell to homeowners including healthy humidity, fresh air ventilation, and air filtration.

 

CNN – https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/19/us/gym-ventilation-covid-trnd/index.html

 

A business owner understood the importance of reaching to air quality experts like you. After implementing the recommendations provided, she was able to prevent an outbreak from occurring. Make sure to consult with homeowners on how they can create a safe space inside their homes. For more information on Healthy Air solutions and tools, access our webinars and selling tools.

 

 

 

 

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The Aprilaire Dehumidifier Selection Assistant

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Here at Aprilaire, we are all about trying to make your life easier! Contractors are busy – especially this year with customers paying more attention to their homes’ indoor air quality. We started thinking about ways we could increase our support during your service calls. One idea that came to mind was to create something that makes it easier for you to choose the right dehumidifier for the job. 
 
Thus, the Aprilaire Dehumidifier Selection Assistant was born! This handy new online tool will help you and your customers work together to select the best dehumidification solution for their unique space.  
 

Choose the Right Dehumidifier

  
 
The Dehumidifier Selection Assistant begins by taking a look at coverage. What type of space are you working with? Whole-home? Basement? Crawlspace? The next step is to gather information about the home: location, desired relative humidity level, and more. Based on this information, the Dehumidifier Selection Assistant calculates a specific moisture load for the environment and provides information (number of units, unit capacity, and utilization) about the recommended dehumidifier models. The final step includes recording contractor and customer information on an online form that can then be easily viewed, printed, or e-mailed.  
 

Accessing the Tool

  
You can find the Dehumidifier Selection Assistant on aprilairepartners.com. If you are logged in, you will find it located under ‘Sizing Guides’. If you are not logged in, simply click on ‘Products’ from the main menu and choose ‘Dehumidifiers’. Then click on ‘Dehumidifier Calculator’ to access the selection assistant. So check it out. We hope this makes it that much easier for you to match your customers with a perfect humidity control solution!

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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.