Indoor Air Quality--It's Important!

My name is Justin Randall; I'm a Product Specialist here at Aprialire.  I’m on a quest to help regular people understand the importance of indoor air quality. More importantly I aspire to educate as many people I can on how to implement effective and sustainable Indoor Air Quality solutions. 

Poor Care of HVAC Systems May Create Indoor Allergies

Monday, November 16, 2009 by Justin Randall
Experts agree, poor indoor air quality may create indoor allergies.  But there are ways to fight indoor allergies and poor indoor air quality. 

Your HVAC equipment can both help and hurt the quality of your homes air.  If you take care of your equipment by having an Aprilaire Whole Home Air Cleaner installed your HVAC will help to make your home healthier.  If you neglect your HVAC system it can become a breeding ground for unhealthy stuff to be spread throughout your home.  

Take action now to make your home healthy.  Call your local Aprialire Contractor today for solutions to improve indoor air quality.



Aprilaire Releases New 8400 Series Thermostat

Friday, November 13, 2009 by Justin Randall
Aprilaire’s new 8400 Thermostat is a great way to control your heating and cooling system.  It has a large easy to read screen, fan circulation mode for improved indoor air quality and because it’s programmable it will save you up to 30% off your energy bills!  Learn more here.



Chicago Builders Know Importance of Healthy Indoor Air Quality

Friday, November 6, 2009 by Justin Randall
Check out this very infomative article about builders in Chicago that are finding innovative ways to build energy efficient homes with healthy indoor air.

Dander Allergens Comment

Thursday, October 29, 2009 by Justin Randall
My granddaughter is highly allergic to dog & cat dander. We have a dog & she has not been able to visit or stay at our house for the past 2 years - she is 7. HELP! We are willing to do whatever we can so she can visit - does this really work? If she is exposed she develops bad sinus infection, fever & is sick for about 5 days even on an antibiotic.

Yes an Aprilaire whole home air cleaner does really work and it would most certainly help to reduce the amount of pet dander in your home's air.  But I would be remiss to say that if you installed an Aprilaire whole home air cleaner all your problems with your granddaughter would be solved.  A whole home air cleaner will remove particulate from the air and if you run your fan all the time the air cleaner will constantly be cleaning your air, but if you have pets in your home it's going to be almost impossible to get rid of all the dander in the air.  Further, the air cleaner isn't going to help remove the particulate that has settled on your coffee table or carpet.  For a less severe case of allergies I would say that air cleaner would be enough, but it sounds like she's got a severe case of allergies and although the whole home air cleaner will help remove allergens it's not going to make your home completely allergen free.

Installing an Aprilaire 4000 Series Air Cleaner with MERV 13 performance and One Touch Control would be a great option for you and make your home more accommodating for your granddaughter; an Aprilaire Model 5000 would be an even better option for you as it is our most efficient air cleaner.




Maryland Non-Profit Puts Money Where Mouth Is

Thursday, October 22, 2009 by Justin Randall
Enterprise Community Partners, an affordable housing financier, intends to funnel $4 billion toward affordable "green" housing in the next five years.  Read more about it here.

The not for profit organization obviously realizes how important green building is to the health of a homes inhabitants as well as the health of the environment.  An important aspect of a green home is indoor air quality.  Many people think a green home means they save energy, but forget about the air quality issue.  For more information on making your home both energy efficient and healthy go to www.aprilaire.com

Chinese Drywall Wreaks Havoc on Florida Homes

Friday, August 21, 2009 by Justin Randall
From 2000 to 2008 drywall shipped from China and installed in thousands of homes in Florida is causing an air quality nightmare for many Florida residents.  Apparently the drywall is emitting sulfate particles that can cause a whole host of health related issues and it’s ruining the homes it was installed in.  Read more about the debacle here.

Why Being “Green” is More Than Just Saving Energy: A Perfect Example

Friday, August 14, 2009 by Justin Randall

If you’re building or renovating a house, you may have been told being “green” means more than just saving energy.  Read this article about a builder in San Jose that seems to have put a lot of weight on energy efficiency and not enough on indoor air quality.  A truly “green” home will be energy efficient as well as a healthy, sustainable place to live.  Many builders these days are making the homes they build very “tight”, meaning there is little to no fresh outside air coming inside.  Although this is great for energy efficiency, it is horrible for indoor air quality.

When a very tight and energy efficient home is built, it should have mechanical ventilation, a high-efficiency air cleaner and a whole-home dehumidifier.  All of these indoor air quality products can be purchased through an Aprilaire dealer in your area.  For more information, visit here.

IAQ and IQ

Thursday, July 23, 2009 by Justin Randall
Time magazine recently reported on a study done by the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health linking pollution to lower IQ scores in children.  The comprehensive study that started in 1998 linked high air pollution levels to a four-point drop in IQ scores, which the director of the study said "A difference in four points could be educationally meaningful in terms of school success."

The importance of clean air is becoming more and more evident every day.  Since Americans spend up to 90% of there time indoors it is imperative that measures are taken to make sure your home's air is clean. 

Aprilaire has the products you need to ensure your home's air is healthy and clean.  Go to Aprilaire.com to see our lineup of whole home air cleaners or contact your local Aprilaire dealer.

WHO IAQ Guidelines

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 by Justin Randall
The World Health Organization can be added to the already long list of reputGlobal Healthable organizations that realizes that indoor air quality is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle.

The WHO published guidelines on mold and dampness in buildings. Check out the article here. Then go to Aprialire.com to look at dehumidfiiers and air cleaners to prevent and capture the harmful air pollutants.

Wet Weather Not Good For Indoor Air Quality

Friday, July 10, 2009 by Justin Randall
Alert!  Although you may feel fine now in the fall when you close up your house you may start feeling the effects of mold and dust mites thriving in your home.  According to Dr. Donald Woodmansee, section chief for allergy and immunology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center the wet weather that has plagued the northeast may end up being an even bigger burden to people’s health this fall. 

Mold and dust mites thrive in moist air and moist surfaces so when rain is abundant so are the molds.  What you can do to protect yourself is control your humidity and make sure you have a high efficiency whole home air cleaner from Aprilaire.

Although you may feel fine now doesn’t mean you’re in the clear.  Be sure to protect your family and your home with Aprilaire indoor air quality products.

High Particulate Pollution Increases Cancer Risk

Friday, July 10, 2009 by Justin Randall
States with a high amount of wood burning have a higher cancer risk according to the EPA.   The toxins from incomplete burning of wood can actually increase the incidences of cancer and of course if those toxins are outside at least some of them will end up inside too.
Burnt Wood
For more info on the EPA’s report check out this story focusing on the state of Oregon’s particulate pollution

Ultraviolet???

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 by Justin Randall

We get questions all the time regarding the use of UV lights in residential HVAC units. Where is the best place to position one? How do they work? What is the best use of them?

For a time, Aprilaire offered our own line of UV products. Our recommendation was always to position UV lights near the peak of your A/C’s evaporative coil or “A” coil. Place it in such a way that the coil and drain pan are fully expose to the light. These are the components most likely to contribute to microbial growth as they contain the three things most needed to support it, moisture, a food source, and a dark environment. Plus, even if your home has a whole-house air cleaner, anything growing on your A-coil can enter your air stream after the air cleaner.

Conversely, UV light is not terribly effective as an air cleaner for several reasons. The first is a question of exposure. Particles tend to zip through your air ducts at around 300 feet per minute. What this means is that their actual exposure time is a fraction of what would be required to destroy organic particles. Put another way, if you were baking cookies in your oven (oatmeal raisin, of course) you might be able to tap the edge of the hot baking sheet without getting burned, but if you held your hand there, you would definitely get a serious injury. The concept is the same with UV light. Most particles require a minimum amount of exposure to be considered destroyed, and this can be from a few seconds to a few minutes. And in order to get that exposure time, a particle would have to zip in front of a UV lamp many times. Hopefully, there’s an actual air cleaner on your system to trap those particles so that they don’t get a second chance to zip through your ducts. They would get trapped the first time.

The second reason is simply that, with an air cleaner, once that air cleaner has trapped the particle, destroying it is a little redundant. If an organic particle can’t get back into the air stream, does it matter if it’s alive or dead? Generally not.

So there we go.


Get that Smoke Outta Here

Friday, June 26, 2009 by Justin Randall
The summer wildfire season is upon us.  Check out this link provided by the Indoor Air Quality Association.  It offers helpful tips and advice to protect you home and belongings, as well as your health, if you’re in an area stricken by wildfires. 

A whole home air cleaner from Aprilaire is a great way to help remove smoke from the air in your home; not only from wildfires but also in the winter when you’ve got the fireplace burning or even from cooking.  Now if your in an area close to a wildfire where the smoke is heavy you should leave the area immediately there is no air cleaner that will keep you safe in that situation. 

Abraham Lincoln Would’ve Done It

Thursday, June 25, 2009 by Justin Randall
Just read an article from Time magazine about “greening” up President Lincoln’s old cottage.  The house which is a national monument achieved a Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, but still kept 98% of the existing home. 

When most people think of a green home they think of a new home, but with about 100 million existing homes a major impact can be made by making them more earth friendly. 

A major contributor to making a existing home green is indoor air quality.  Improving indoor air quality is also probably one of the easiest, and least expensive ways to make your home more healthy and earth friendly. 

A great starting point to save energy is a programmable thermostat.  An Aprilaire programmable thermostat installed costs less then a night out on the town.  Plus in a short period of time you will have saved more money on your heating and cooling bills than you dished out to put it in.

“Good Health Begins at Home.”

Thursday, June 11, 2009 by Justin Randall
The Surgeon General released a Call to Action on Tuesday to promote healthy homes.  The move involves many different facets of making a home healthy but one of the main things the Surgeon Generals office mentioned was the need to improve indoor air quality “by installing radon and carbon monoxide detectors, eliminating smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, and controlling allergens that contribute to asthma and mold growth.

So basically what they are saying is put a radon and carbon monoxide detector in your home, don’t smoke in your home or where smoke can get in your home, install a whole home indoor air cleaner to control particulate and control humidity with a humidifier or dehumidifier.



Hmmm….sounds eerily similar to what the Aprilaire bloggers have been posting for months.  Check out Aprilaire.com for more information about our indoor air quality solutions.  

When the America’s top doc recommends taking steps to improve your indoor air quality it’s probably time to do something about it.

Aprilaire and our network of professional contractors are the answer to your IAQ needs.

Indoor Air Quality is Worth the Money

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 by Justin Randall
Right now everyone is watching there p’s and q’s when it comes to spending money.  It’s a tough economic time, and determining what’s important to spend money on and what’s not is something every family and company is doing right now. 

One thing most aren’t cutting back on are things like healthy food and regularly scheduled doctor’s visits.  Why?  Well, those things are too important to you and your family's health.  Instead of buying those fan tail shrimp to put in your stir fry you might be eating chicken instead, but you’re still going to make sure your family is getting plenty of nutritious meals.   The great Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote “The first wealth is health.”  And like the nutritious food you put into your stomach every day the air you put into your lungs each day is just as important. 

So don’t skimp on indoor air quality.  If you’re having a contractor come out to clean and check your equipment have him quote an Aprilaire air cleaner, programmable thermostat and depending on where you live a humidifier or dehumidifier (or in many places both).

Tell your contractor you’re interested in improving the quality of your homes air.  Any good contractor will be able to educate you on what you can do to improve your IAQ.  You can always give our dedicated customer service team a call at 1-800-334-6011 they too can help you decide on what the best IAQ products are for you. 

Aprilaire IAQ products provide clean healthy air to millions of homes across the country.  Is yours one of them?  If you don’t think indoor air quality is an important part of a healthy lifestyle just Google Indoor Air Quality or Indoor Air Pollution there are vast amounts of good credible information out there. 

Save Up to 30% on Your Energy Costs!

Friday, May 29, 2009 by Justin Randall
Are you tired of rising energy costs? Heating and cooling costs are the #1 expense in most American homes. Do you feel uncomfortable in your home? Most homeowners turn up the thermostat when they feel cold. The EPA states you can save up to 4% on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat. Most people typically don’t want to invest additional money into their heating and cooling system but the fact is Aprilaire Indoor Air Quality products can actually help you save money on your energy bills: An Aprilaire Zone comfort control system can help you reduce your energy costs while maintaining a comfortable indoor environment. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, zoning combined with a programmable thermostat strategy can save you up to 30% on your energy bills. Want to learn more?  Visit us at here.

Elimination and Ventilation

Friday, May 29, 2009 by Justin Randall
A common term used when talking about indoor air quality is “Elimination and Ventilation”.  I don’t know who coined the term but it is a good way to think about improving indoor air quality.  Older homes get natural ventilation because they were built “looser” meaning there was opportunity for fresh outdoor air to make it in the house even when the house was closed up.  Mechanical ventilation is something that has become more and more popular with the improvements to home building practices.  Nowadays homes are built much “tighter” and although keeping the cold winter air or hot summer air out is an excellent way to save energy it also creates a situation where indoor air quality suffers.  By not bringing in fresh air all the bad stuff like volatile organic compounds, fireplace smoke, tobacco smoke, particulates put in the air from cooking, carbon dioxide, bioaerosol, biological contaminants, dust…..the list goes on and on, build up in your home.

The best way to combat the buildup of bad things in your air is to ventilate with fresh air and eliminate the particulate with an effective whole home air cleaner that removes the stuff from the air.

Take The Pledge...Do It Now!

Friday, May 15, 2009 by Justin Randall
As I’ve blogged about before a programmable thermostat is an easy inexpensive way to save money and energy on your heating and cooling costs….IF you program it.  So if you don’t have a programmable thermostat, get one!  If you have one, program it!

Once you’ve done that go to www.2degreepledge.org and take the 2 Degree Pledge.  According to the website “The 2 Degree Pledge is a simple call-to-action aimed to focus consumer attention on ways to save energy by properly using and maintaining their cooling and heating systems, and if it is time to replace old, inefficient equipment, how to make sure it is installed correctly.”  Nowhere did I find on the website a suggestion to actually turn down your thermostat 2 degrees, but imagine if everyone in the country did, it would save millions of dollars in energy costs not to mention give mother nature an awesome reprieve.  The thing I really like about the 2 Degree Pledge and the ideas they offer to save energy is they aren’t asking you to sacrifice comfort for energy savings.  Also, if you take the pledge the campaign will send you a free informational brochure called A Greener Planet Begins at Home.  

Aprilaire offers programmable thermostats along with everything else you need to make your home greener including whole home air cleaners, humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 

The Rule of 1,000

Thursday, May 14, 2009 by Justin Randall
The rule of 1,000 is what air researchers use to describe how much more potent indoor air pollution is then outdoor air pollution.  Basically, anything released into the air indoors is 1,000 times more likely to be breathed in than that same thing being released outdoors.  Bottom line indoor air pollution can be very, very potent and potent pollution is never a good thing for your health.  

I learned about the rule of 1,000 from an article in the New York Times…the article says that burning a candle is combustion and just like smoking a cigarette indoors it will have similar health effects too. 

Your covering up odors with air fresheners you say…one of the doctors quoted in the article says “it’s just adding chemicals on top of chemicals.”  

The best way to control indoor air is to filter it with a whole home air filter, and Aprilaire offers the best air cleaners on the market.  From the Aprilaire 4000 series with a standard MERV 13 filter to the Aprilaire Model 5000 EAC which has been proven by third party testing to be the most efficient and effective air cleaner on the market, you are protected.  Unlike the standard low efficiency high resistance to air flow(which means wasted energy) 1” inch filter you buy at the hardware store you only have to replace your filter once a year, and you have the piece of mind knowing that Aprilaire provides the worlds best IAQ products.