25 helpful tips from American Lung Association to reduce risk factors from poor indoor air quality.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

Indoor air quality is a big deal; people are spending more and more time indoors. Aprilaire offers a full line of air purifying products that clean all the air in your home by using your central heating and air system. Below are 25 helpful tips from the American Lung Association to help reduce risk factors from poor indoor air quality. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/green-living/indoor-air-quality-47020101#slide-1

New Ways to Fight Back Against Dust Mites

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

Dust mites don’t just look gross - they can actually make you and your family sick. There are many different types of airborne containments, along with dust mites, in every family’s home. These various microscopic particles aggravate respiratory conditions, induce allergic reactions and negatively impact an individual’s overall health.

Some Gross Facts About Dust Mites:

1.    They do not bite, sting or burrow. The allergic reaction is to their body parts and fecal matter becoming airborne!

2.    Dust mites hit their multiplying peak during warm, wet weather.

3.    A typical used mattress may have anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites inside!

How to Minimize the Dust Mite Population in Your Home

The three most important methods for reducing indoor air pollution are source removal, increased ventilation and air purification. Reducing the amount of contaminates that make their way indoors is a start, but no family can keep their house free of all the different types of invaders. Dust mites in particular are pesky intruders, and even with mattress and couch covers, continual cleaning and the removal of carpets, these microscopic bugs are still in the air.

Not all contaminates are created the same and neither are air purifiers. The most effective means of improving indoor air quality (IAQ) is a whole-home purifier that is installed as part of an HVAC system. Aprilaire’s purifiers trap and kill 98 percent of all airborne contaminants down to 1 micron, including the tiny – but unwelcome – household guests known as dust mites. With a whole-home purifier, you’re family is also protected against mold, fungi, pollen, spores and other particulates.

Dust Mites Don’t Hang Out in Just One Room

Unlike portable units, Aprilaire’s whole-home purifiers protect every room in the house and keep pollution levels much lower. Dust mites and viruses constantly move and float around, so portable purifiers that only work in the immediate vicinity are not up to the task in most single-family residences. To stand a fighting chance against dust mites, families need the whole-home solution.

For more information on whole-home air purification, total control of IAQ and information on removing dust mites, visit Aprilaire.com. Also, find Aprilaire on Facebook at Facebook/Aprilaire.

Put Dog Allergies on a Short Leash

Friday, June 6, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

No matter how loyal, obedient and friendly - man's best friend isn't always fun to be around. For animal lovers with dog allergies, the painful symptoms may be enough to keep them from owning their own pet. In other homes, visitors or select members of the family may find themselves very uncomfortable because of their dog allergies.

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The EPA has named poor indoor air quality (IAQ) as one of the top five environmental risks to public health. This is not surprising when you consider that Americans spend the vast majority of their time indoors. And thanks to Fido's dander and numerous other forms of particulate matter, your home's air may be up to 100 times more polluted than that outside.

The three most important methods for reducing indoor air pollution are source removal, increased ventilation and air purification. Since source removal spells bad news for the family pet, people with asthma or dog allergies should focus on ventilation and purification.

Reducing Symptoms of Dog Allergies With Whole-Home Solutions

Keeping the dog in but the dander out with ventilation and purification systems that keep the home fresh and free of pollutants is the best way to reduce the symptoms of dog allergies. Aprilaire's whole-home solutions provide one of the easiest methods for coping with dog allergies. An Aprilaire air purifier is 40 times more efficient than a furnace filter alone and ventilation systems ensure that stale, polluted air doesn't remain inside.

To learn how you can keep dog allergies under control without saying goodbye to a beloved member of the family, visit www.aprilaire.com. Also, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Aprilaire.

Is There a Painless Way to Reduce Allergy Symptoms?

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

For those who suffer from allergy symptoms, the severity and frequency can be hard to predict. The length of allergy flare can vary based on a number of different factors, such as the amount of precipitation, temperature and geographic location.

While many of the triggers of allergy symptoms originate outside, they quickly make their way in the home through an open window, on the fur of the family pet and by clinging to anyone who enters the house. Worse yet, some allergens build up naturally in the home and cause symptoms throughout the year.

Two members of the Cunningham family in Spokane, WA have dealt allergy symptoms their entire lives, and keeping their suffering at bay was a challenge. To improve her allergy symptoms and those of her son, Mrs. Cunningham purchased the Aprilaire Model 5000 air purifier.

“All my life, I’ve woken up every morning with congestion in my throat, I no longer have that,” Mrs. Cunningham said. “It only took two or three days to notice the symptoms were gone - this thing is amazing! We joke now, because when we start sneezing, we know it’s time to get a new filter.”

With warm weather arriving, sufferers of allergy symptoms are likely dreading a return or worsening of their agony. Many people may even be unaware how their allergy symptoms are truly affecting them. Other conditions not always thought of allergy symptoms, such as chronic dry eye or itchy skin, may occur year-round in response to dust mites and other indoor allergens.

Ensuring that the air is free of the majority of pollen, spores, grass, dust mites and other triggers of allergy symptoms is an overlooked way to mitigate symptoms inside the house. Like Mrs. Cunningham, anyone can enjoy a home that is more comfortable.

“I credit the air filter completely for the improvement in our indoor air quality,” she said. “The air constantly moves, keeping it clean and fresh, not to mention the fact that it just makes the whole house feel comfortable. I’m so glad I did this and if I ever have to buy a new house, you can bet I will buy another air purifier!”

For more information on whole-home air purification and improving indoor air quality to reduce allergy symptoms, visit http://www.aprilaire.com. Also, find Aprilaire on Facebook at Facebook.com/Aprilaire.

 

Vietnam Vet Wages War on Asthma Symptoms - And Wins!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 20 million people in the United States are affected by asthma symptoms. The Foundation states that while much research remains to be done on the causes, cure and prevention of this disease, with the proper management, the majority of these people can still live healthy and active lives. For most Americans, managing their respiratory disorders requires a multifaceted approach.

Asthma symptoms are aggravated by numerous different factors and many people are not aware they can do more to control their comfort and improve their breathing. Waking up in the middle of the night, limiting physical activity and even enduring respiratory-related hospital stays may seem like the norm to those who have suffered asthma symptoms for years. However, when the disease is properly controlled, the impact on daily life should be minimal.

The Ford Family Is Breathing Easier With a Whole-Home Purification System
A family from Bethlehem, PA is living a better life since they made the decision to improve their indoor air quality (IAQ) with Aprilaire. Mr. Ford is a Vietnam veteran who developed severe respiratory illness during his service and is now on numerous medications to relieve his debilitating asthma symptoms.

In order to help manage asthma symptoms, sufferers must identify and minimize contact with their triggers. Many individuals find their condition is aggravated by seasonal allergies or activities in the house, such as vacuuming. Mr. Ford suspected that pollution was one of his triggers and purchased an air purifier from Aprilaire to reduce the irritants in his family's home.

"My respiratory issues have created a great deal of discomfort for me, so the search for ways to improve the air quality in our home was a serious one," he said.

He looked at many different options and chose the Aprilaire Model 5000 air purifier, Aprilaire's most sophisticated system. The Model 5000 removes 99% of mold and pollen, 98% of dust and 94% of viruses. It is ideal for those with asthma symptoms and other severe respiratory issues.

"The Aprilaire Model 5000 air purifier has made a huge difference in my asthma symptoms and overall quality of life," Ford said. "It feels great to come home to find relief."

Learn More About Whole-Home Purification and Improve Asthma Symptoms Now!
To mitigate asthma symptoms, people must follow the instructions of their doctors, but one way to ensure greater comfort inside the home is to reduce the amount of pollen, mold and dust that can aggravate the condition.

"You should see what comes out of that filter when we replace it," Ford said. "We actually replace the filter twice a year because our air quality is so poor and I am so sensitive to it."

Mr. Ford's story of struggling to find comfort is a familiar one to thousands of families in the U.S. where a family member has asthma symptoms, and Aprilaire has multiple IAQ solutions to meet each family's unique needs. Although families cannot keep all pollution from entering their house, a whole-home purification system can trap particulates before they enter the lungs of loved ones.

For more information on whole-home air purification and how it can help mitigate severe asthma symptoms, visit www.aprilaire.com. Also, find Aprilaire on Facebook at Facebook.com/Aprilaire.

Top 5 Summer Allergens Invading The Home

Sunday, May 18, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

Start defending your home against these top 5 summer allergens:

1. Pollen: Six out of 10 people are exposed to pollen trapped indoors

2. Dust mites: An estimated 10% of the general population and 90% of people with allergic asthma are sensitive to dust mites.

3. Pet Dander Allergens: An estimated 10% of the entire population may be allergic to cat or dog dander.

4. Mold: Roughly 15 percent of Americans are allergic to mold. Moisture control is the most important strategy for reducing indoor allergens from mold growth.

5. Mildew: Scientists have identified over 1,000 types of mold and mildew inside houses in the United States.

Get some relief from summer allergens and make the home healthy again.

Prevent irritants from entering the house.

Take measures to reduce allergens by making sure dust, dirt and other pollutants are prevented from entering the house. Remove shoes before entering the household. Be sure to close and windows and doors during high pollen days. Do not allow smoking indoors.

Install a whole-home air purifier system.

Whole-home air purifier systems remove up to 98 percent of airborne allergens and contaminants down to one micron in size and are 40 times more efficient than a standard furnace filter. This system removes allergens such as dust, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, pollen, viruses, fungi, mold and other dangerous substances from the air throughout the entire home.

Maintain humidity levels at home.

Whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers can help control allergens with the perfect level of moisture—one in which dust mites, mold and mildew are not likely to survive.

Is your home's air making you sick?

Monday, April 28, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

The EPA has named poor indoor air quality as one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health.  This makes sense when you consider:

  • Americans spend 90% of their time indoors
  • Your home's air may be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside.

The leading cause of poor indoor air quality is particulate matter, which includes dust mites, pollen, bacteria and viruses, dander, and mold spores.

Control Indoor Air Purity

The three most important methods of reducing indoor air pollution are source removal, increased ventilation, and air purification.

A whole-home air purifier, which is installed as part of your home's heating and cooling system, is the most effective way to treat the air in your entire home.  Aprilaire whole-home air purifiers permanently trap and kill 98% of airborne contaminants as small as one micro in size.

For more information on whole-home air purification and total control of your indoor air quality, visit www.aprilaire.com. Also, find Aprilaire on Facebook at Facebook.com/Aprilaire.

Prepare for Spring to Keep an Energy Efficient Home

Saturday, April 26, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

Most homeowners are tuned in to Spring and Fall as triggers. Not just allergy trigger but as triggers to remind them when to do seasonal maintenance on their homes. Spring cleaning includes cleaning gutters and downspouts, checking weatherstripping, and cleaning heating and cooling systems to keep them running safely and efficiently .

It’s critical to change your furnace and air conditioning filter as recommended by the manufacturer. If you don’t, your air conditioner compressor can freeze up and the system can collect damaging amounts of dirt and grime. If you want a sure-fire way to shorten the life of your expensive heating and cooling system, be sure to ignore changing your dirty filter.

In addition to regularly changing your filter, you can provide better protection of your equipment and at the same time maintain cleaner and healthier indoor air. Aprilaire high efficiency air purifiers can be installed to replace your standard 1” or 2” system filter. The benefits of higher efficiency include:

  •     Trap airborne allergens at a much higher rate than standard filters
  •     Prevent more dust and grime from entering and clogging your HVAC system
  •     Reduce the amount of dust that blows throughout your home through the system ductwork
  •     Maintain long-term protection, energy efficiency and operation of expensive HVAC equipment

 

To get the most out of air cleaning, Aprilaire offers homeowners a simple-to-program thermostat featuring Event-Based ™ Air Cleaning that allows them to actively clean the air in their entire home based on personal preference and event triggers. Event-Based Air Cleaning also provides other conveniences such as indicators that air cleaning is taking place as well as maintenance reminders.

Indoor Air Quality: What You Can't See Can Hurt You

Friday, April 25, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

The Environmental Protection Agency has named indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health – indoor air may be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside. With Americans spending 90 percent of their time indoors, purifying indoor air is paramount to keeping families healthy – especially those with family members suffering from asthma and allergies.

"Poor indoor air quality has been linked to a host of health issues such as headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea, fatigue, heart disease and chronic respiratory disease," says Megan Leick, spokesperson for Aprilaire. "For individuals that suffer from asthma or allergies, air particulates such as pollen, dust and dust mites are known triggers for asthma attacks and allergic reactions."

More than 25 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma and 50 million suffer from allergies. Dust alone is comprised of dead insects, dust mites, mold spores, pollen, dander, skin flakes and other particulates that can be harmful to health. Controlling indoor air quality can provide relief for asthma and allergy sufferers and protect your family from getting sick. You can improve indoor air quality with a few simple steps:  

  1. Prevent Irritants from Entering the House. Take measures to make sure dust, dirt and other pollutants are prevented from entering the house. Simple activities like removing shoes before entering the household, closing windows during high pollen days and not allowing smoking indoors help keep dirt and other irritants from entering the household.
  2. Install a whole-home air purification system. A whole-home air purification system is installed as part of the central heating and cooling system to capture and eliminate airborne contaminants. Whole-home air purification systems remove up to 98 percent of airborne contaminants down to one micron in size and are 40 times more efficient than a standard furnace filter. Each time the air system runs, the whole-home air purification system removes dust, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, pollen, viruses, fungi, mold and other dangerous substances from the air throughout the entire home, rather than just the air in the immediate vicinity like a portable air cleaner.

Other important considerations include maintaining humidity levels as well as proper ventilation; especially if your home is newer or has been recently updated with tighter materials for more energy efficiency.

For more information on whole-home air purification and total control of your indoor air quality, visit www.aprilaire.com. Also, find Aprilaire on Facebook at Facebook.com/Aprilaire.

If you have a pet and suffer from hay fever, you know the problem! Pet dander can aggravate allergy symptoms.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Aprilaire Team

If you have a pet and suffer from hay fever, you know the problem! Pet dander can aggravate allergy symptoms. Besides installing a whole-home air purification system, another way to deal with pet dander is by giving your dog a shampoo. So let’s get an honest answer, how often do you shampoo your pet?? http://www.wikihow.com/Fight-Hay-Fever

Parents – did you know that the top five asthma triggers in your home are: Pollen, dust mites, pet dander, secondhand smoke and mold.

Saturday, October 26, 2013 by Aprilaire Team

Parents – did you know that the top five asthma triggers in your home are: Pollen, dust mites, pet dander, secondhand smoke and mold. We’ve found many parents are unaware that installing a whole-home air purification system removes these triggers from the air in your homes! Learn more, here: http://www.epa.gov/asthma/triggers.html

Did you know: The EPA has named indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by Aprilaire Team

Did you know: The EPA has named indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health. Don’t just treat the symptoms — remove the problems from the air in every room of your house. Aprilaire Whole-Home Air Purifiers trap and kill 98% of airborne contaminants down to one micron in size. Learn more

According to American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, an estimated 10% of Americans may be allergic to animals.

Monday, August 19, 2013 by Aprilaire Team

According to American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, an estimated 10% of Americans may be allergic to animals. With more than 100 million pets in the United States, there are many opportunities to trigger your allergies. Aprilaire Air Purifiers help remove pet allergens from your home's air - so you can enjoy your pets without the symptoms! Learn more: http://www.aprilaire.com/index.php?znfAction=ProductsCat&category=cleaner

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, triggers that can initiate an asthma attack...

Friday, July 12, 2013 by Aprilaire Team

Stat of the Week:

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, triggers that can initiate an asthma attack include allergens such as pollen, dust, animal dander, drugs and food additives, as well as viral respiratory infections and physical exertion. Aprilaire whole-home air purification systems destroy 98 percent of airborne particulates down to one micron in size and are 40 times more efficient than a standard furnace filter. Learn more here: http://www.aprilaire.com/index.php?znfAction=ProductsCat&category=cleaner

Air Cleaning - Sure its allergy season, but there's more to it!

Monday, April 2, 2012 by Tom Ruse

Ok, the straight scoop. Whole-home high efficiency air cleaners - the kind installed in your heating and cooling system - have the ability to trap airborn allergens like no portable air purifier can. Its just a fact. A portable air purifier can only work in one room and only in a small area of that room!

Sure, if the allergens and other crap in your home are not airborne, the installed air cleaner can't trap it. You have to vacuum and dust.

But here's the key. The whole-home air cleaner only works when your HVAC system blower operates. When the blower operates it delivers conditioned air throughout your home and the air that's already there has to go somewhere. That's where your return air ducts come in. The old air,  and the crap in it, are returned to the HVAC system thru the return ducts and the air cleaner traps the crap before it goes thru the system again to be heated or cooled.

BUT, you can clean the air more often than when you are heating or cooling. Just run your blower fan more often (put it in the "on" position) and it'll recirculate that air even when you're not heating or cooling - so your CLEANING the air more often.

Installed, whole house air cleaners also help protect your expensive HVAC system and can reduce the amount of dusting and vaccuming you have to do. So, while some portables may take a few contaminants out of a small room, they don't do ANYTHING to protect you HVAC system. Nor will you see an appreciably difference in having to clean the place!

Aprilaire Model 5000 Electronic Air Cleaner

A (so far) useless app and an intriguing idea.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by Michael Hebert
I'm a bit of a social media/tech nut. I love watching (and let's be honest being active in) Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. change the world. And further, I love that my smart phone can track and post to it all now. My mother, in her infinite wisdom commented that the day would come people forget life without smart phones. I'm already there.

I stumbled on a crazy app today for Droid phones called "Allergy Tracker." I have spring time allergies that are really just starting to subside as summer rolls in, so I wouldn't really need the app right now, but since I'm still so close to that dreadful time of year, I was intrigued. Essentially the app creates a network of people who 'touch inform' the app about their allergy conditions. The app locates you every time you tap into it, and effectively tracks allergen levels by creating a real time allergy map from everyone's responses. Pretty sweet, but does it work?

By the looks of it the answer has to be - not really - bummer. With some horrible reviews, I won't be downloading the app, however it does bring up a good point - if you have allergies, your best weapon is information. While we're never going to be able to stop allergens from existing in general, there are things we can do to keep them from existing in our homes, but you've got to be informed. It's easy to see these small air purifiers and see a solution, but fixing a room isn't as good as fixing your home. There are better, holisitic solutions for your home. Central Air Filters, dehumidifiers, and humidifiers all have their place in fixing your indoor air quality problems.

Check out the informational link from eMedicine health and then some information from us at Aprilaire. After all, information is your best weapon.

eMedicine health
http://www.emedicinehealth.com/indoor_allergens/article_em.htm
Aprilaire
http://www.aprilaire.com/index.php?znfAction=IAQ&category=filtration


What amount of ozone is generated by the Aprilaire 5000?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 by Aprilaire Team
Consumer question:

We are building a new home and the HVAC contractor has recommended Aprilaire 5000 as a possible air cleaner because I have allergies. We have had an electronic air cleaner for many years in our current home and have been pleased with it. Newer homes are designed and built tighter, leading to a concern that small amount of ozone which most electronic air cleaners emit is potentially harmful to our health. The latest issue of Consumer Reports of September, 2010, declined to rate electronic air cleaners for that reason.  http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/appliances/heating-cooling-and-air/air-purifiers/air-purifier-buying-advice/types-of-air-purifiers/electrostatic-precipitators/closeup-electrostatic-precipitator-advice.htm
What amount of ozone is generated by the Aprilaire 5000?


Aprilaires' response:

Thank you for contacting us with regards to our Model 5000 Electronic Air Cleaner. Aprilaire shares our customer’s concerns about ozone, and wants to reassure you that our Model 5000 Whole Home Electronic Air Cleaner is not designed to produce ozone.

Ozone is produced as a result of many factors, some are man-made and some originate from nature. On any given day in the US, outdoor levels can be as high as 150 ppb.  More polluted areas typically have higher outdoor ozone levels because there is a greater concentration of the components that create ground level ozone. 

Levels of ozone inside our homes typically range from 10 to 70 percent of the level found outdoors, primarily depending on whether windows and doors are left open. (ref. “Ozone Decay Rates in Residences”, Harvard School of Public Health, Environmental Science and Engineering Program).  The reason indoor levels are lower than outdoor levels is because ozone readily reacts with other gases and surfaces.

As a manufacturer we look to government organizations to set the standards as which to develop and produce products by.  As such, we offer an air cleaner that produces 2 ppb, well below the established FDA standard of 50 ppb for medical devices and the UL standard to evaluate products for consumer safety.

The high voltage power supply contained in this (and any other) electronic air cleaner produces ozone only as a byproduct of operation; the small amount of ozone generated dissipates by the time clean air filters out and into your home. In addition, the Model 5000 removes particles from the air that have proven by research to be harmful to humans. 

There are a select group of people who are sensitive to ozone.  For these people, we recommend using the Aprilaire High Efficiency air cleaners Model 4200 or 4400.  For everyone else, the Aprilaire Model 5000 is the best air cleaner for your home.

Since whole-home product installations are out of the question, here’s one convenient trick that may help improve the indoor air you breathe everyday: house plants.

Thursday, July 29, 2010 by Aprilaire Team
As the new college intern beginning my summer with Research Products-Aprilaire, I had little to no idea what IAQ even stood for. Only after a couple weeks did I learn the importance of keeping home air clean and safe. It’s true that most college students and young adults could care less about the air quality in their low-rent homes. Since whole-home product installations are out of the question, here’s one convenient trick that may help improve the indoor air you breathe everyday: house plants. Plants remain the most simple and organic way to purify your air. Those of you like me who have little cash to spend on home air improvement can quickly and affordably improve your air by purchasing a few house plants. Besides making your home look nice and well-cared for, plants do a fine job at removing VOC’s and other allergy causing toxins in your home. Some recommended plants include: Aloe, snake plant, golden pothos, chrysanthemum, weeping fig, azalea, English ivy, Chinese evergreen and warneck dracaena. If you rent and aren’t quite sure what air purifying system is in your residence, I recommend visiting a nursery and picking up a few house plants!

RH on each floor different, how do I regulate?

Monday, April 19, 2010 by Aprilaire Team
Consumer question submitted to Aprilaire:

I just finished my basement in late March and have been monitoring
humidity levels in the basement as well as on 1st and 2nd floors of
house and outdoors.

Each floor is about 1,200 sf in area.

So far humidity in basement regularly stays about 10-15% higher than 1st
and 2nd floors and has approached 60% so far but maintains at about 55%
or less.  I am a little concerned that humidity will go above 60% in
basement during summer months but this summer will be first summer that
I will have humidity-level monitoring capability so will not know if
humidity problem exists until then.  I also understand it is more ideal
to have humidity at or below 50% as opposed to 60%.

I had an Aprilaire wholehouse air purifier (filter and UV light system)
installed by a local contractor in January.  I continually run the
furnace blower as recommended for the air purifier for it to function
most effectively.  Same contractor also installed HVAC ductwork for
basement to central furnace system so that basement benefits from
wholehouse air purifier as well, but mainly to provide a better
heating/cooling system for basement.
 
However, now that outside temperatures have been warmer, I close the
outlet vents for the ducts for the basement due to no need to send cool
air to basement since it is naturally cooler than rest of house.  This
reduces air purification for this part of house.

I am considering a central dehumidifier to better control humidity level
in basement as well as remainder of house.  However, I have concerns
that to dehumidify basement, I will need to open duct vents to circulate
air but this will rob upper floors of cooled air and send cooled air to
the basement where I don't need it.

I understand that a separate duct can be routed to the basement.  But I
have installed soundproofing material in the walls of my furnace room to
deaden sound of furnace and hotwater heater (gas) blowers in furnace
room.  They are both very noisy.  I have concerns that if I install
ductwork from dehumidifier that penetrates furnace room walls that it
will significantly compromise ability to deaden sound within furnace
room.

Any insights on this situation?

Aprilaires' response:
Thank you for contacting Aprilaire. It is very common to see different relative humidity (RH) readings through out the house. You will find that most basements will have a higher humidity level because of lower temperatures. Relative humidity is relative to temperature, as temperature goes down RH goes up, as temperature goes up RH goes down. If the temperature in every area of your house was the same, the RH level in every room would be close to the same.

In most homes with basements you find that the basement is the source of the moisture that is causing high RH levels. If you use a good quality dehumidifier like the Aprilaire Model 1750A  to dry out your basement you will dry out the rest of the house.

I am not an expert on soundproofing but cutting holes through you sound proof walls may give you an increase in the noise coming from your furnace room. So you will need to decide if small increase in noise is worth the benefit of having a dry basement/house. The decibel level of the Model 1750A is 48 - 52 dBA.


Home Energy Tips

Monday, November 2, 2009 by Tom Ruse

I don't often link to blogs because there are so many out there that go right to poorly-worded content about how great portable room air purifiers are without giving mention to whole house solutions. Of course they always link to ads for.....room air purifiers. Horray!

 Here's a better one! Not only because it discusses whole house solutions but also because it doesn't have an ad associated with its contents. Pretty credible, then.