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What is Essential? Healthy Fresh Air

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Since we’re in the thick of the winter season right now, it’s time to remember to take especially good care of our health. Colds and the flu tend to be common, if not annoying, parts of our lives this time of year. But as we all know, this past year has been anything but common. COVID-19 has transformed so many aspects of our lives, including how we approach the cold and flu season. That’s why we strongly recommend installing the Aprilaire Healthy Air System in homes to promote Effective Virus Protection. This includes several components – the most important of which is ventilation – to ensure that your customers have access to healthy fresh air throughout the year.
 
As an indoor air quality professional, you bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. You know that proper ventilation in a building has many benefits, including protection against the spread of viruses. When meeting with customers, an effective sales strategy involves presenting concrete evidence and scientific support that discusses both the problem and the solution.

 

With that in mind, we’ve created another great in-home sales tool for you to use during your service calls and sales conversations. The new ‘Healthy Fresh Air is Essential’ sell sheet contains evidence, resources, and product benefits that will inform your customers about the importance of ventilation to their health.

 

Ventilation and Viruses

 

More and more, experts and organizations across a wide variety of fields are talking about factors that may influence the spread of viruses. Humidity control and ventilation are methods of virus reduction that come up often in these conversations. Recently, we created the ‘Relative Humidity and Viruses’ sales tool to share the evidence we gathered that supports why humidity is important in preventing the spread of airborne viruses. Now, withthe ‘Healthy Fresh Air is Essential’ tool, we are sharing statements that support the use of ventilation as Effective Virus Reduction, as well. We want to continue to support the conversations you are having with customers about what it takes for them to have healthy air…and how important it is to their health!

 

Education & Fresh Air Ventilation Systems

 

This new sales tool contains direct quotes from professional experts and trusted news sources. Those that emphasize the important role fresh air ventilation plays in the fight against the spread of airborne viruses. We also include reputable organizations (e.g. ASHRAE, the American Lung Association) that people can look to for even more information and evidence. Finally, we highlight the features and benefits of our 8145K Fresh Air Ventilation Kit. With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to increase around the world, this sell sheet will be a valuable asset to have in your toolbox.

 

Start the conversations about fresh air ventilation systems and preventing virus spread with your customers now! Focus on educating and providing these resources to help them make informed decisions when purchasing indoor air quality solutions. Remember that Aprilaire offers a wide variety of print and digital sales tools that can be accessed from the dashboard of your Aprilaire Partners account. We also have specific collections of sales tools for our Healthy Humidity and Healthy Air System campaigns that are currently underway. Stay informed, keep your customers informed, and stay healthy!

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Airborne Viruses and Healthy Air

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UPDATE: We’ve recently added a brand-new flyer for contractors to use with customers that provides an overview of the preventative measures covered below, as well as solutions they can provide to help create healthy air in the home. Check it out HERE, or order it from the Aprilaire Partner Toolbox.

 

 

Aprilaire has Healthy Air Solutions including air filtration, humidity control and fresh air ventilation products to help protect your customers from the spread of the airborne viruses. We have been a proud member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for more than 50 years.

 

 

Due to the spread of coronavirus and respiratory infections, there is an increased conversation surrounding the topics of health and safety, especially indoor air quality and the promotion of Healthy Air. Many of your consumers are looking for options to protect themselves not only from the coronavirus but from other airborne viruses like the common cold and the flu.

 

Air Filtration
Proper filtration of both the air in your home and incoming ventilation air is key to removing particulates from the air.

 

According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM), the coronavirus nominally has a particle size of 0.13 microns and most airborne viruses range from 0.03 to 0.3 microns.

 

Aprilaire MERV 16 Allergy & Asthma Filters provide the highest rate of effectiveness. They can capture up to 96%* of airborne particles the size of viruses.

 

Our whole-home Aprilaire 5000 Electronic Air Cleaner is an effective product to capture airborne viruses. It is up to 90%* efficient at trapping airborne virus-size particles.

 

 Healthy Humidity Solutions
Proper Humidity reduces the transmission of viruses. ASHRAE promotes keeping humidity between 30-60% to minimize virus survival rates.

 

Aprilaire provides humidifier products such as the 600, 700, and 800 and the 1850 dehumidifier to help keep the home between this optimal range.

 

Fresh Air Ventilation

Having a properly functioning whole-home ventilation system is critical to maintaining a healthy home environment. Fresh air is not only clean and refreshing but ventilation also helps dilute and remove contaminants.

 

Homeowners should use a ventilation system to bring in fresh air from the outside to dilute stagnant indoor air. The air inside the home can be up to 5 times more polluted than the air outside. Products such as the Aprilaire Model 8126X Ventilation System or Model 8140 Fresh Air Ventilator bring in the recommended amount of fresh air. They also have patented control logic to minimize energy usage.

 

Coupling these systems with our IAQ thermostats allows homeowners to easily adjust the amount of fresh air being brought (into) their home.

 

 

Whole-Home Product Control
Aprilaire whole-home products work with our IAQ thermostats to provide easy user experience and control through the thermostat and Aprilaire app.

 

 

Professional

Help combat airborne viruses and particulates in the home with Aprilaire Products. Our products are not only manufactured in the United States, but our engineers and manufacturers maintain the highest standards in design and assembly. Contact our leading experts at 1-800-334-6011 for further assistance.

 

 

Please note: Aprilaire products are not intended to cure or treat any known airborne viruses but can help in the reduction of airborne viruses in your home.

*Contaminants removed based on air passing through the filtering system.

 

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COVID-19 Changes How Contractors Conduct Business in the Present and Future

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COVID-19 has placed an important spotlight on indoor air quality and established HVAC businesses as an essential group to help combat the transmission of the coronavirus. Due to current social distancing and quarantining guidelines, many HVAC businesses across the country have been forced to rethink the way they conduct business and to do so with as little social contact as possible. Despite the benefits of a Healthy Air system, a 3-part strategy that reduces customers chances of contracting and transmitting airborne viruses in their home,  many around the country are hesitant to let strangers in to their homes.

 

 

HVAC businesses need to find a way to communicate to consumers about the precautions they are taking while also touting the benefits of installing a Healthy Air System. You can assure customers through emails, newsletters or other marketing materials about the safety precautions your company is taking to limit exposure. Some companies are taking the temperatures of their employees while others are outfitting their employees with face masks, gloves, trash bags, and disinfectants. Whether the former is your company’s policy or if you’re still working through your company’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ll want to craft a response that will make homeowners feel safe and respected.

 

 

You want to make sure that the message is transparent, clear, but is open to questions and concerns from homeowners due to circumstances such as someone in the home who may be immunocompromised. You can share these updated policies on social media or through targeted emails and newsletters.

 

 

It’s best to include pictures or videos so customers know what to expect when someone shows up at their door. To best do that, your company will need to stay informed about COVID-19, particularly with how a Healthy Air System will work in the prevention of airborne viruses including COVID-19.

 

 

There is currently not a vaccine for COVID-19, but there have been multiple reports from both healthcare and university researchers about the important role humidity control plays in the reduction of airborne viruses. Our Engineering Fellow John Bloemer said that humidity control along with air filtration and fresh air ventilation provide the best defense against the transmission of airborne viruses.

These three work together to create a Healthy Air System for effective virus protection.

 

 

One company is getting creative in delivering products to customers. They are waving all delivery fees for purchased air filters. They will drop-off the air filter with the customer and the customer will have a new air filter without an installer entering their home. There are plenty of creative measures you can find to provide service to customers in your area.

 

 

Your entire marketing campaign does not have to be about equipment and statistics. Just like you’re focusing on finding the best way to conduct business, now is also a great time to focus on your company’s marketing. While your company may provide the best products to effectively eliminate airborne viruses like COVID-19, you can also communicate your company’s efforts in the community, your customer service, or reputation. People may not be able to purchase a Healthy Air system right now, but may do so in the future so you’ll want to establish a level of trust and confidence now.

 

 

No one knows when this pandemic will end or the ramifications it will have on consumer behavior moving forward. Your company will continue to be an essential business in combating airborne viruses, but the way you conduct and operate may not be business as usual. It’s expected that these policies will likely remain in place for the next several months and may become the new normal.

 

 

Despite these challenges, indoor air quality is an emerging market as more homeowners are made aware of the role HVAC systems play in creating a healthier indoor environment for both the present and the future.

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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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Thank You, Healthy Air Partners!

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All of us at Aprilaire would like to thank YOU and all of our trade partners for your unending support for our brand and in delivering Healthy Air to American homes and families.
We appreciate you sharing our messages of health, hope and prosperity. So many have reached out to us to use our messaging tools and we hope it helps you continue to build your business delivering Healthy Air. 
 
Here are just a few examples of how our partners are helping. We’ll be sharing more great ideas here in the coming weeks. Send us yours! 
 
Over in Midlothian VA, Stoneman HVAC delivers the goods on their website, Facebook and their business listing on Google. 
 
And our friends at Robison Oil in Port Chester NY are showing support for healthy air in their community with video (above) that feels like a Public Service Announcement – very appropriate! 
 
How can we go without mentioning the herculean and heroic effort from Christopher Ciongoli at Whalen & Ives in New Jersey and his efforts to support Aprilaire and the American Lung Association. THANK YOU CHRIS! 
 
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