New Tips for Improving Energy Savings This Summer

Monday, July 14, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

Americans learn more about energy savings each year and 2014 will be no exception. While homeowners in the U.S. are doing more than ever to seal their homes and conserve power, there is always room for a new tip. The average household spends $2,000 a year on energy bills, and more than half of that goes toward heating and cooling. Furthermore, Business Insider reports that the U.S. collectively wastes nearly $146 billion a year on utilities each year by not following best practices for reducing home energy costs.

5 Easy Tips for Increased Energy Savings

What many homeowners may not realize is that opportunities to reduce their power usage are present all around their houses, and while many of the new versions of household gadgets available in 2014 are more efficient than they used to be, homeowners need to do more to save money. For families looking for ways to save some more cash this summer, the U.S. Department of Energy offers these tips:

1. Install a programmable thermostat to keep cooling at a minimum when the family is out of the house.

2. Turn off the dish washers automatic or heated drying cycle.

3. Make sure all windows and doors are closed when the air conditioning is on.

4. Plug major electronics into a power strip and turn off the power strips when not in use. Many of these items, even newer TVs and computers, still use several watts of power in stand-by mode.

5. Air dry clothes outside on nice days instead of using the dryer.

Prevent Over-Cooling in 2014

Something else for homeowners to keep in mind this summer is that energy savings do not have to come at the cost of reduced comfort. While people tend to associate personal comfort as a direct correlation to temperature, the relative humidity of the air actually plays a larger role. As humidity levels rise inside the house, family members begin to feel sticky and sweaty, the uncomfortable feeling most often attributed to summer weather.

The common reaction to this feeling is to crank up the AC. The end result is a slight reduction in humidity and a significant reduction in temperature. Family members are no longer hot and sweaty, now theyre cold and clammy. Energy savings suffer as well because the AC must run more often.

Energy Savings and Whole-Home Dehumidification

The best solution to keep a house comfortable and efficient this summer is a whole-home dehumidifier along with air conditioning. As the relative humidity inside falls, the family will be more comfortable at a higher temperature, so the air conditioner will run less often. With a dehumidifier, homeowners have a more efficient way to be comfortable on hot and humid days.

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You may be aware that dust mites are a major culprit of indoor allergies for people, what about pets?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

You may be aware that dust mites are a major culprit of indoor allergies for people, but according to the Healthy Pets blog, dust mites could be making life agonizing for your pet as well.


It’s Good to be Home

Thursday, July 3, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

Staying comfortable and healthy in the summer requires more than just lowering the temperature in your home. Air purity, freshness and humidity all play a role in the quality of your indoor air, which determines if your home is a relaxing and healthy environment during the dog days of summer.

Aprilaire provides solutions for each of these unique conditions that could be impacting your home. With our Total Comfort Solutions, you’ll come home each day to a house that’s comfortable, fresher and operating more efficiently than ever before. Learn more about whole-home comfort!

You Can Feel It in the Air

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

You may not realize it, but your body is pretty good at measuring humidity, according to The Weather Channel. When you’re outside, humidity levels can create a sticky, sweaty feeling. Inside, a poor balance of moisture in the air leads to coughing, sneezing or itching. In the basements of the Northern United States, increased humidity also creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Your nose will let you know about increased basement humidity when you’re hit with that musty smell.
Read the entire article to learn more about how the relative humidity of your indoor air impacts your comfort and health.

There are many different causes for a wet basement, but they all have the same result – costly repairs and damage.

Monday, June 30, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

There are many different causes for a wet basement, but they all have the same result – costly repairs and damage. While snow melt and rain storms are two culprits, another big contributor to a wet basement is humidity. Read this article from This Old House to learn more about leaky foundations. Visit to learn more about humidity control.,,220912,00.html

Can Ohio Couple Save Basement With Dehumidifier After Flood?

Friday, June 27, 2014 by Aprilaire Team


Without the proper humidity control, basements become susceptible to mold, mildew and the odors that accompany them. The excess moisture also damages tools, furniture, electronics and the other investments that make a basement a family's unique territory. It takes a short time for moisture buildup in a basement to noticeably impact air quality throughout the house, creating that "basement smell" and aggravating health conditions.  The recent severe weather in the Midwest flooded the basement of Bill and Marilyn Johnson, a couple living in Ohio. With so much moisture left in their basement, they weren't sure how to dry it out. 

Following Flood, Johnsons Give Dehumidifier a Try

The Johnsons discovered the benefits of a dehumidifier after their local HVAC dealer installed one to help mitigate the flood damage.

"A serviceman came out the next day and we discussed the storm," Marilyn said. "He suggested that we might look at an Aprilaire dehumidifier. In a short period of time we noticed a big difference in the air quality and it dried out the basement."

The Johnsons have continued to notice an improvement in their indoor-air quality as a result of using of a high-capacity dehumidifier. Marilyn said that controlling their basement humidity has reduced her asthma symptoms and visitors to their home are impressed by how fresh the air is.

"Also, the air conditioner is not running much at all," she said. "Our home is at 75 degrees with no humidity."

Couple is Proud to Own an American-Made Dehumidifier That's Built to Last

As the Johnsons discovered, a high-capacity dehumidifier is an investment that pays for itself as homeowners reap the rewards of improved efficiency, capacity and protection.

  • Low-cost operation – High-capacity units are able to run much more efficiently, and that saves money on the utility bill! In testing, it cost as little as $.27 per day to run an Aprilaire dehumidifier versus retail models that were tested, which cost from $.85 to $1.27 per day to operate.  This lead to a seasonal savings of $177.60! 
  • Improved comfort – With proper humidification, homeowners are less likely to over-cool their homes and can set the thermostat at a higher and more comfortable temperature.
  • Energy efficiency – High-capacity units are more efficient than the leading portable units.

"The best thing about Aprilaire dehumidifiers is that they are built in the U.S.A.!" said Marilyn.

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About Aprilaire: We have been a brand leader in indoor air quality for more than 60 years, delivering a wide range of whole-home systems that improve comfort, health and energy efficiency .Our brand products are sold through and installed by HVAC contractors across the United States and Canada. Visit to learn more about whole-home air cleaners and total comfort solutions to air purity, humidity, freshness and temperature.

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Summer is a great time to get fit and healthy outside while also having fun

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

Summer is a great time to get fit and healthy outside while also having fun. This article from WebMD has some exciting ways you can stay in shape and enjoy the Great Outdoors. When you get home, Aprilaire can help you feel better inside:


Summers is a great time for upgrades around the house, but remember to think green when remodeling.

Monday, June 23, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

Summers is a great time for upgrades around the house, but remember to think green when remodeling. Here is a quick article about green remodeling, how it is good for you, the environment and your pocket book.

While the mercury is rising across the country, it’s often the humidity levels that make the summer months tough to handle.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

While the mercury is rising across the country, it’s often the humidity levels that make the summer months tough to handle. Learn more about how humidity impacts the comfort level in the home and how Aprilaire can help you control it.

How are you getting ready for summer?

Monday, June 16, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

How are you getting ready for summer? At Aprilaire, we are all set to help you “feel good inside” when you can't be outside. From air purification to humidity control find out what Aprilaire's Total Comfort solutions can do for you!

Here are more than 50 handy, easy and maybe even fun ways to get organized and keep things in order around your house.

Sunday, June 15, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

Here are more than 50 handy, easy and maybe even fun ways to get organized and keep things in order around your house. Which ones are you going to try?

Do you want to build your own thermostat and smoke alarm system?

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

Do you want to build your own thermostat and smoke alarm system? When it comes to keeping your family comfortable and safe, it’s best to leave it to the professionals, but if you’re curious, check out this story from life hacker. To get serious about whole-home comfort and control, visit the Aprilaire website.

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.

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 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 Also, find us on Facebook at

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 Also, find Aprilaire on Facebook at


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 Also, find Aprilaire on Facebook at

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.

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.

Top Tips to Prepare for Allergy Season

Sunday, April 13, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

As most of the United States has had to deal with an unusually long and cold winter, it may be easy to lose sight of the fact that allergy season is just around the corner; unless of course you’re an allergy sufferer.

A few basics to prepare include seeing your allergist, of course, to start any recommended treatment early. When pollen counts are high, avoid the outdoors, keep doors and windows closed, and keep your HVAC system filter clean.

Indoor Air Quality: Controlling Your Home’s Air

“The air inside your home can be many times more polluted than the air outside,” says Megan Leick, spokesperson for Aprilaire, Madison, Wisconsin.

“According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), our homes are loaded with pollutants like pollen, pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, bacteria and viruses. Its no wonder they list indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health today.”

What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

“Unfortunately, most homeowners believe the standard throwaway furnace filter is doing the job and they couldn't be more wrong”, Leick says. “The typical one inch filters people use on the furnace only traps about 5-15% of airborne particulates, leaving 85% to 95% of particulate matter to blow around in their homes.”

Why Consider a “Whole-Home” Solution to Indoor Pollution?

The American Lung Association tracks indoor air quality and its impact. Consider the following facts.

  •     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.


“When you consider what can occur without controlling your home’s air purity,” says Leick, “it’s hard to believe more people don’t take advantage of whole-home air cleaning systems for health’s sake.”

How They Work

Installed as part of your home’s central heating and cooling system, Whole-Home Air Cleaners are out-of-sight and out of your way, according to Leick. So, each time your system runs, the air in your home is filtered through state-of-the-art filtering media, so potentially harmful contaminants are removed from every room and permanently trapped in the filter.

The result is your heating and cooling system distributes cleaner, healthier air to your entire home. Better yet, the whole-home systems are easy to maintain (generally once every one to two years, unlike portable units that require monthly care or standard filters that need cleaning every 1-3 months).

Clean Air On YOUR terms

“And now, with new technology from Aprilaire, you can control the air quality in your entire home from a convenient location on your wall – your thermostat - and you can choose various cleaning modes based on your own needs, whether you have allergies or you are kicking up extra dust while cleaning or if there’s construction going on around your house. There are also options to control your ventilation or humidity from the same location. It’s the way to control air cleaning today.”

Saving Your Expensive Heating/Cooling System from Harmful Grime Build-up

According to Leick, using high-efficiency filtration also means you are doing a better job of protecting your expensive HVAC system from harmful build-up of dirt and grime. "I see it all the time. It’s amazing how dirty a system can get when only a standard filter is used," Leick continued.

“Oftentimes homeowners forget to change these filters every month or every three months as required. With a whole house system, we can change out the high efficient filter just once a year and the system is much better protected. Aprilaire even offers a guarantee on the system coil if the homeowner properly maintains the use of their filter.”

Consider taking a look at your indoor air and how you can reduce the allergens you breathe at home. At the same time, you can prolong the life of your serious investment in heating and cooling.