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 Aprilaire recently develop new air cleaner technology that offers consumers better performance and removes more contaminants from the air you and your family breath.  Back in 1973 Aprilaire developed cutting edge filter technology that utilized glass fibers that cleaned the air in your home.  At the time this type of air cleaning technology was the best of its kind, but recently Aprilaire developed new air purifying technology that makes your life even better.

True to the tradition of developing the best indoor air quality products on available; the engineers at Aprilaire develop a new electrostatically charged, depth loading MERV 13 filter for the newest line Aprilaire Whole Home Air Cleaners. 

The new air cleaner line has been a hit with increased efficiency, easier maintainance, longer filter life, and no pleat spacers but we wanted to be able to offer our newest filters to all of those out there that have long been loyal Aprilaire customers and have a late model Aprilaire air cleaner.

That's why we developed the uprade kit.

Aprilaire Model 8600 Touch Screen Thermostat-Gets Rave Reviews

Aprilaire 8600 ThermostatAprilaire’s newest thermostat is better then the rest! Touch screen is a popular technology because it’s so easy to use; the Aprilaire 8600 provides homeowners with super-easy programming, maintenance reminders and a large easy to read back-lit display. The Model 8600 Touch Screen thermostat is the easiest most intuitive thermostat to set up and use.  A truly universal thermostat, the 8600 fits nearly every application and is designed to be both installer and homeowner friendly. With an exclusive "message center" there are no codes to remember and no need to reference the manual, plus the 8600 provides valuable feedback and instructions to the homeowner like what stage the equipment is in or when the thermostat is in an equipment protection hold.  The 8600 also has great IAQ features like a programmable fan and fan circulate mode which means you get more air cleaning.   On top of all the great features of the Aprilaire 8600, the price is awesome too!  If you’re looking to upgrade to an easy to use programmable thermostat at a great price, call your local Aprilaire contractor today and get a price quote.


Indoor Air In Newer Homes Can Be Unhealthy

The importance of proper ventilation, filtration and humidification in our homes is more important then ever.  The Portland Press Herald takes an interesting look at how new innovations in building materials can sometimes have serious effects on our health.  A good example of this is about 100 years ago asbestos was used in building materials; another example is the use of lead paint.

Most of the innovations and improvements to building materials and process have a significantly positive effect to the comfort and efficiency of modern homes, but on the other hand there can be negative effects too.  New homes are much “tighter” then older homes which means less of the hot or cold air from outside is allowed to get in subsequently reducing energy usage.  On the other hand a negative to this is that the air inside can become highly polluted because there’s no fresh air, so new homes often require mechanical ventilation.

Even the newest homes can be unhealthy.  The best thing to do is educate yourself about indoor air quality and take action to insure your home has proper filtration, ventilation and humidification.  To learn more about IAQ go to and visit the EPA’s website.

Bad Air=Bad Health

The effects of particulate matter and moisture in the air can have very serious effects.  The European office of the World Health Organization recently released some very shocking data regarding the effect pollution in the air can have on people health including infants.  During the early stages of life the lungs are quickly developing and are more susceptible to damage caused by particulate matter.  Read the article Respiratory disease kills 1 in every 2000 babies in Europe to learn more.

Experts Talk About Asthma and Allergies

The Washington Post publishes an Asthma and Allergies Guide annually.  It is a good reference and offers sound advice to anyone who is interested in mitigating their asthma and allergy symptoms.  The guide covers everything from food allergies to indoor air pollution and gives expert advice on how to control symptoms for a healthy lifestyle. 

Take special note on the article titled “The Truth About Indoor Air Quality”.  It talks about the risks associated with poor indoor air quality and the best way to improve your homes air.  The expert in the article highly recommends a whole home air cleaner to remove the fine particulate from your homes air

Do You Have Moisture Problems?

The spring is a prime time for moisture problems in your home.  The snows melting the ground is damp and it seems that somehow that moisture finds it’s way in to pretty much any home.  An excessive humidity in your home can cause a whole multitude of problems ranging from property damage to comfort issues to health issues.  You may not think you have excessive humidity issues, but really anything over 50-60% RH in your home can start to get into the unhealthy range.  See the chart below:

Check out this article from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.  They are heading a healthy house initiative in Cleveland with a focus on moisture problems.  There are problems with moisture problems in both older homes and newer homes.  Older homes often have foundation issues that cause moisture leakage into the basement or crawlspace.  Newer homes are often very air tight, allowing no fresh air to get into the home causing moisture and pollutants to build up.  So no matter if you have a new home or old home, you should be aware of moisture issues.

Controlling moisture is important to a healthy home and an Aprilaire dehumidifier can be a great way to help you ensure your home is healthy.




Why do you need whole-house air cleaning? Consider this:

    * Each person inhales over 3,500 gallons of air each day. Children inhale more particles for their size then adolescents or adults.
    * Polluted air causes 94% of all respiratory problems.
    * More than 31 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma, about 1/3 are children under 18.
    * About 40,000 dust mites, a common household allergen, can live in one ounce of dust.
    * An estimated 10-15% of the entire population may be allergic to cat or dog dander.
    * A person sheds up to 700,000 skin flakes per day.

These are just a few of the reasons to make sure your home is protected by having a whole house air cleaner installed.  A high efficiency whole house air cleaner from Aprilaire makes your home healthier and cleaner.  The EPA states that indoor air is often times more polluted then outdoor air so cleaning the air in your home is more important then ever.  

If you currently have an Aprilaire air cleaner you can upgrade it to our newest media that removes more particulate from the air.  Call you local contractor and tell them you want to upgrade your Aprilaire air cleaner today.  For a small investment you can improve your current air filter.

Talk About Indoor Air Quality at Copenhagen Summit

Indoor air quality is a topic of discussion at the Copenhagen Summit this week.  One expert said up to 2 million people die each year due to poor indoor air quality.  He went on to say that buildings with better indoor air quality serve to reduce the flu by up to 20%.

Indoor air quality is obviously a very important part of a greener planet and a healthier world.  Make sure your family is being protected, go to to learn more about how to make your home healthy.

A Brand New Aprilaire Air Cleaner for a Fraction of the Price

Do you have an Aprilaire 2200 or 2400 air cleaner?  If so you’re probably familiar with the Aprilaire 201 and 401 replacement filters.  The 201 and 401 filter is a great product that has been around almost 30 years; many manufacturers have tried to duplicate the performance of the 201 and 401 without much success.  The numerous knock off’s are low quality, which means they have a short life, put stress on your HVAC equipment and don’t capture the amount of particulate as the original.  

Recently Aprilaire came out with an upgrade to the original 201/401 media.  The new MERV 13 media uses new technology that holds more dust, captures nearly twice as much particulate and restricts less airflow throughout its useful life.  We use the new style media in our 2000 and 4000 series air cleaners, but the greatest thing about it is you can upgrade your current Aprilaire Air Cleaner to use the improved media without having to buy a whole new air cleaner.  We have an upgrade kit that slides into your older air cleaner and allows it to accept the new media.  You only need to purchase the kit once and then you just replace the new media just like you did the 201 and 401 filter.  You can get the upgrade from your normal heating and air conditioning contractor; if you are interested in capturing more dust and more particulate out of your homes air just tell your contractor you want to upgrade!  You can even do it yourself it takes about 2 minutes and you don’t need any tools.

It’s Time to Change Your HVAC Filter

The cold weather has come and it’s going to continue to get colder and colder.  That means your heating system is going to be running more and more.  Now is the time to make sure your HVAC filters have been changed to insure your heating system runs at peak efficiency this winter, and that it’s in tip top shape when the cooling season rolls around.  

It doesn’t matter if you have a 1” filter or you have an Aprilaire whole home air cleaner make sure your filter hasn’t past its useful life.  If you only use a 1” filter you should seriously consider having an Aprilaire whole home air cleaner installed.  1” filters have 3 major problems with them.  First, they are either low efficiency (Meaning they don’t capture much particulate out of the air.) or they are high efficiency, but also have a high pressure drop (Meaning they restrict the air going through them.  Picture a brick wall it would make a great filter, but no air could get through it.) high pressure drop wastes energy and puts more stress on your HVAC system meaning it shortens the life of your system.  The final drawback to a 1” filter is cost; a $12 filter that lasts 30 days will actually cost you $144 a year.  An Aprilaire replacement filter lasts 1 year and will cost you less then half the amount of replacing 1” filters plus you’re getting a better performing filtration system that requires less maintenance.  

For the benefit of your HVAC system and your family’s health think about ridding your life of 1” replacement filters and make the move to an Aprilaire whole home air cleaner.