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Wildfires Threaten Air Quality of Homes

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California is currently being ravaged by wildfires and has been a fixture in news headlines for wildfire outbreaks the past three years. They are a national problem. In areas with large vegetation and dry conditions, they can spark up quickly from human error, lightning strike, or a spark from a power line or a car.

 

Wildfires Are Product of Climate Change

 

In its 2020 State of the Air Report, the American Lung Association (ALA) reported that wildfires are a major driver of poor air quality.

 

“This shows growing evidence that a changing climate is making it harder to protect human health. All three years ranked among the five hottest years in history, increasing high ozone days and widespread wildfires, putting millions more people at risk and adding challenges to the work cities are doing across the nation to clean up” – ALA, 2020 State of the Air Report

Wildfires are responsible for upticks in PM 2.5 particulates and they can create ozone.

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimated that the smoke from the recent wildfires in Northern California may impact the air several thousand miles away in Iowa and Minnesota.

 

Since they generate so much air pollution, homeowners will not be able to open their windows for fresh air ventilation. Whole-home air purifiers and mechanical ventilation systems can help.

 

Solutions to Air Pollution

 

A mechanical ventilation system can provide important change-outs to help homeowners bring in fresh air. An air purifier can help capture any other stray airborne contaminants.

 

As temperatures continue to rise, the possibility of wildfires and their harmful byproducts also increases.

 

AirNow, a collaboration of researchers from NASA, the NOAA, EPA National Parks Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other state and local agencies helps provide constant updates on air quality in your area.

 

The organization also has an interactive map to track wildfires, among others.

 

This resource helps provide insightful information to local homeowners so they can protect their indoor air.

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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.

 

 

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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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Fall 2020 Humidifier Season Has Arrived

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The Dry Season is Coming

 
Have you had busy, service and installation-filled summers? We know most of you have! Well, good news is we’ve got the tools, talking points, and everything else that you need to have a busy fall and winter servicing and installing humidifiers on every job. 
 

Offer It. Quote It. Sell It.

 
Humidifier season arrives like clockwork every year and the way you may have sold humidifiers in the past likely has had something to do with comfort, energy efficiency, or home preservation. But this year, health and virus protection should be at the top of every conversation you have with homeowners that need humidifiers in their homes. Homeowners want to hear about how you can make their air healthier and like we always say, “You can’t sell it if you don’t quote it!” 
 

‘We believe in humidifiers’

 
Let’s hear from one of our Healthy Air Partners about the importance of providing Healthy Humidity:  

“We believe in homes being as clean as possible – being as healthy as possible […] We believe in humidifiers, so we sell humidifiers. We try to on every system that we put in. We explain the benefits. We believe a humidifier should be [in] every single house because of the way houses are built today.” – Tom Carney, Carney’s Cooling & Heating

 
And it’s not just contractors that know that humidity control is essential to providing healthy air – it’s regulatory bodies like ASHRAE and health experts from the CDC, WHO, Mount Sinai School of Medicine that know this, as well. 
 

Create A New Sales Package

 
So how should you broach the subject of adding a humidifier to a new or existing system? Simple – Offer it. Quote it. Sell it. The way Dannie Erb from Good’s Electric does it is he offers it as an add-on with less expensive packages and includes it in higher-price premium packages. And that’s just a suggestion – use the selling methods that work best for you as long as your focus is on communicating to the customer that you can have a positive impact on their health and their families’ health.  

To help you quote and sell more humidifiers this season, we’re pleased to announce the launch of our Healthy Humidity campaign. For Aprilaire dealers, we’ve got selling tools, social media marketing assets, and training opportunities available throughout the season focused on helping you succeed. For distributors, we’ve got materials you can use online and in the showroom, as well as training that you can attend and promote to support your customers in their efforts to bring Healthy Humidity to the masses. Check out your Aprilaire distributor campaign page here
 

Bring Old Humidifiers Up To The Present

 
Do you have customers that have humidifiers on their HVAC systems that are older than some members of your staff? Let those homeowners know that upgrades are possible to increase their humidifiers’ ability to make their homes’ air healthy this fall and winter. You can offer discounts on whole unit replacement or install automatic controls or an 8920W Home Comfort Control that both automate humidity control and make it easier and more convenient than ever. 
 
Any way you plan on sell humidifiers this year, know that Aprilaire is here to help you grow your business all along the way. Visit AprilairePartners.com for all of your training, selling, and promotional needs and Happy Healthy Humidity!

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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!