Did you know plants can be used to improve indoor air quality?

Monday, August 12, 2013 by Aprilaire Team

Did you know plants can be used to improve indoor air quality? According to Mother Nature Network, several plants can filter out common volatile organic compounds. Learn more: http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/a-breath-of-fresh-air

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

Perform Aprilaire Humidifier Annual maintenance like a boss!

Monday, April 22, 2013 by Aprilaire Team

For best performance, we recommend you replace the Water
Panel evaporator in your Aprilaire humidifier at least annually with
the exception of Models 400 and 400M, which should be changed at
least twice per heating season.

The “Change Water Panel” indicator light (Digital Control only) will blink
when it is time to change your Water Panel. See individual model instructions
for additional maintenance.

To purchase a new Water Panel:

• Visit estore.aprilaire.com

• Call the installer of your Aprilaire humidifier.

• Call your heating and air conditioning dealer.

• Use our “Dealer Locator” at: www.aprilaire.com

• Purchase only Genuine Aprilaire Water Panels to maintain best performance.

If your humidifier is equipped with a Digital Humidifier Control with Water
Panel change indicator, after replacing the Water Panel, turn the control
knob to the “Test/Reset” position until the “Humidifier On” light blinks to
reset its timer. (Blower must be operating and HVAC calling for heat.) Be sure
to turn the control knob back to it’s original setting. If the “Humidifier On”
light continues to blink, your humidifier is in Test mode. DO NOT LEAVE THE
CONTROL IN TEST MODE OR HUMIDIFIER WILL NOT OPERATE.

Also review the periodic preventavtive maintenance in the owner's manual.

Blower Motor Cycling Issue

Monday, February 18, 2013 by Customers Sharing Stories

Consumer feedback:

I have the Model 700 with the Model 58 humidistat. The problem I'm having is that the humidistat is callingtne furnace to start the blower motor I guess because the humidity has fallen below what it needs to be. However, the blower motor comes on for like 10 seconds and the shuts off. It will repeat this cycle 100 times a day so I have to turn the humidistat off. It generally only does this during the day because the thermostat is set to a temp that generally doesn't require heat. The HVAC guy has replaced the humidistat already with no success. My furnace is an Amana prane model. What's going on with this? Thanks

Name: Ken
City: Middletown
State: MD

 

Aprilaires' reponse:

Dear Ken,

Thank you for contacting us with regards to your model 700 Humidifier. Based on the information provided, it’s not clear how this humidistat has been wired. Normally, the model 58 humidistat does not have the ability to operate your furnace fan without an additional relay. It’s possible that this relay has not been wired properly. We would recommend that you have your HVAC guy contact us when he’s next on-site. We can provide troubleshooting assistance by phone.

We look forward to assisting you with this issue.

1-800-334-6011 Ext.6172
Call Center hours are M-F, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST
Visit www.aprilaire.com

Does basement humidity have affect on my humidifiers operation?

Monday, December 31, 2012 by Aprilaire Team
Consumer question:
 
Aprilaire model 500 humidifier installed on 2-stage 95% furnace. Sensor is located inside cold air return from house. Cold water to humidifier. Does basement humidity have affect on humidifier operation ie. humuduty levels in residence. Have dehumidifier in basement set at 40%. On setting five humidity in residence is 32-35% Setting 6 36-39% Is this normal? I think it should be higher. Humidifier works in test mode. Insight?
 
Aprilaires' response:

Thank you for your email regarding your model 500 Aprilaire humidifier. Your Aprilaire humidifier control measures the humidity in the cold air return which is the air coming back to your HVAC system from your entire home. A dial setting of 5 would be equivalent to an indoor relative humidity of 35% anytime the outdoor temperature is 20F or above and the indoor temperature is 70F. A dial setting of 6 would be equivalent to an indoor relative humidity of 40% anytime the outdoor temperature is 20F or above and the indoor temperature is 70F. We design our humidifiers to maintain 35% anytime the outdoor temperature is 20F or above and the indoor temperature is 70F. The actually humidity a specific home will vary due to the tightness and cubic footage of the home as well as the runtime of your HVAC system. In addition a humidity level higher than 35% may cause damage to home. This is because as the temperature outside drops, the air in your home may not be able to maintain a humidity level above or even equal to 35%. If the humidity level is too high for the current outdoor conditions, the result is condensation on your windows. This is described in the attached owners manual. Based on the information you provided it appears your mode 500 is performing properly.

 

New model 400, installed 8 days ago...but I'm still a little dry?

Monday, December 3, 2012 by Aprilaire Team
Consumer question:
 
I had an Aprilaire 400a humidifier installed on my 3 story town home (1 1/2 years old) about 8 days ago. After adjusting settings on the unit, the humidity in my home peaks at approximately 27% at maximum settings and with the blower on.

This morning was the highest that the unit registered and that was 37% internal humidity, but it rained all night and the humidity outdoors was above 50%.

I have contacted the dealer/installer and they assured me that they're going to talk to their management to see if there's an issue, however I am told that it may just be because of my home.

I'm not sure if that's accurate, as my home is less than 2 years old and is tightly constructed. I went with the larger humidifier that they offered, however i'm concerned that reaching 27% humidity on max settings when it is 25-35 degrees outside is going to be an issue.

Any feedback you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
 
 
Aprilaire's response:

Thank you for your email regarding your model 400 Aprilaire humidifier. Any Aprilaire humidifier is reliant on the HVAC system to be operating in order to add humidity to your home. While your model 400 will add some humidity during a blower only call, it primarily is adding humidity during a heat call. If your heat call is short, then the humidifier will have a short operating time as well. Homes also will require time to build up the humidity level when a humidifier is first installed. Since your model 400 was only installed 8 days ago it may just take more time to raise the humidity level. At this point we would ask you to give it another week or two. Your home has had all winter to lose moisture and it will take time for the home to soak up moisture created by the humidifier.

 
 

 

Keep your Humidifier Running at Peak Performance by following these Annual Maintenance Tips

Thursday, October 18, 2012 by Aprilaire Team

For best performance, we recommend that you replace the Water
Panel evaporator in your Aprilaire humidifier at least annually with
the exception of Models 400 and 400M which should be changed at
least twice per heating season.

The “Change Water Panel” indicator light (Digital Control only) will blink
when it is time to change yourWater Panel. See individual model instructions
for additional maintenance.

To purchase a new Water Panel:

• Visit estore.aprilaire.com
• Call the installer of your Aprilaire humidifier.
This information is often found on your equipment.
• Call your heating and air conditioning dealer.
• Use our “Dealer Locator” at: www.aprilaire.com
• Purchase only Genuine Aprilaire Water Panels to maintain performance.

If your humidifier is equipped with a Digital Humidifier Control with Water
Panel change indicator, after replacing the Water Panel, turn the control
knob to the “Test/Reset” position until the “Humidifier On” light blinks to
reset its timer. (Blower must be operating and HVAC calling for heat.) Be sure
to turn the control knob back to it’s original setting. If the “Humidifier On”
light continues to blink, your humidifier is in Test mode. DO NOT LEAVE THE
CONTROL IN TEST MODE OR HUMIDIFIER WILL NOT OPERATE.

Also review the periodic preventavtive maintenance in the owners manual.

Remodeling Your Home? Have You Considered Indoor Air Quality?

Thursday, October 18, 2012 by Aprilaire Team

Remodeling Your Home? Have You Considered Indoor Air Quality?

Ventilation for Homes

In general, you should address the following issues when remodeling your home.

Radon

Lead

Moisture Control

Ventilation

Asbestos

Combustion Appliances

Air Ducts

Energy Efficient Improvements

Pest Control

Painting

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

If too little outdoor air enters a home, pollutants can sometimes accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort problems. Likewise, one approach to lowering the concentrations of indoor air pollutants in your home is to increase the amount of outdoor air coming in.

Outdoor air enters and leaves a house by: infiltration, natural ventilation, and mechanical ventilation. In a process known as infiltration, outdoor air flows into the house through openings, joints, and cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings, and around windows and doors (air may also move out of the house in this manner — this is called exfiltration). In natural ventilation, air moves through opened windows and doors. Air movement associated with infiltration and natural ventilation is caused by air temperature differences between indoors and outdoors and by wind. Finally, there are a number of mechanical ventilation devices, from exhaust (vented outdoors) fans that intermittently remove air from a single room, such as bathrooms and the kitchen, to air handling systems that use fans and duct work to continuously remove indoor air and distribute filtered and conditioned outdoor air to strategic points throughout the house. The rate at which outdoor air replaces indoor air is described as the air exchange rate. When there is little infiltration, natural ventilation, or mechanical ventilation, the air exchange rate is low and pollutant levels can increase.

Unless they are built with means of mechanical ventilation, homes that are designed and constructed to minimize the amount of outdoor air that can "leak" into and out of the home may have higher pollutant levels than other homes. However, because some weather conditions can drastically reduce the amount of outdoor air that enters a home, pollutants can build up even in homes that are normally considered "leaky."

Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors, operating window or attic fans, when the weather permits, or running a window air-conditioner with the vent control open increases the ventilation rate. Local bathroom or kitchen fans that exhaust outdoors remove contaminants, including moisture, directly from the room where the fan is located and also increase the outdoor air ventilation rate.

Ideally, new homes will be built to minimize leakage to control energy loss, improve comfort, and minimize the transport of moisture and pollutants through the building shell. These homes should then also have mechanical ventilation to remove pollutants generated in the home and provide outdoor air in a controlled manner. Whether a mechanical ventilation system makes sense in your existing homes depends on the house, your existing heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, and the changes you have planned. You should discuss this with your HVAC contractor. A local Weatherization office, or building performance contractor, might also be able to help you with this decision or point you to local experts.

How much ventilation do I need?

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineering, or ASHRAE at www.ashrae.org provides procedures for determining whole-house ventilation rates in its Standard 62.2, "Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings". The standard also provides requirements for exhaust ventilation for kitchens, bathrooms, and other point sources, such as clothes dryers and venting for fuel-burning appliances.

Our Aprilaire 760 humidifier has been installed for 14 years. But I have a question.

Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Aprilaire Team
Consumer question:
 
Our 760 has been installed for 14 years. The insulation material on either side of the fan had to be removed. Should I replace it with new pink fiberglass insulation? It appears that is where the unit pulls in air.
 
 
Aprilaire's response:

Thank you for you using Aprilaire in your home comfort system.

I am somewhat perplexed that your system had been operating for 14 years with insulation restricting the air flow. Normal installation does not necessitate the blockage of air into the humidifier. This may have been done to prevent water leaking from the humidifier in high static pressure within the duct system. I would recommend having an HVAC contractor look at the system to determine the reason for the use of insulation; it was not for filtering the air.

If you have additional questions, please contact us.

What merv rating was/is the older 2200 and 2400 aprilaire media's?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Aprilaire Team

Consumer question:

What merv rating was/is the older 2200 and 2400 aprilaire media's?

 
Aprilaires' response:
 
Thank you for contacting us regarding our 2200 and 2400 air cleaners. The filters that the 2200 and 2400 air cleaners use has a MERV rating of 10. These are the 201 and 401 filters. We now offer upgrade kits for both air cleaners that upgrade the air cleaners to use MERV 13 filters. Please follow the link below for more information on our upgrade kits:

http://estore.aprilaire.com/catalog/air-cleaners/upgrade-kits

If you have any further questions regarding this or any of our products, please feel free to contact our customer service department at your earliest convenience.

 

Can a UV light be installed by my Aprilaire Humidifier?

Friday, May 25, 2012 by Aprilaire Team

Consumer question:

I plan to install the UV-C light in the supply air plennum above the AC evaporator coil. How far away from the humidifier should the light be? I understand the UV light may damage plastic parts? or is there no problem?

Aprilaires' response:

Thank you for your email regarding your Aprilaire UV-C Light. You are correct, the light will damage the plastic parts on your model 700. Mounting your UV light at least 8 inches above the AC coil the model 700 cannot have any direct light. Therefore you can shield the light from the model 700, or a better alternative would be to move the model 700 to the return side of your HVAC system and supply it with hot water.

 

What is the minimum water temperature to supply an Aprilaire 350 humidifier?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 by Aprilaire Team
Consumer question:
 
What's the minimum water temperature needed to supply this Aprilaire model 350 humidifier unit? We want to reduce the water temp for the summer so it doesn't heat the house while it runs. Here in Denver we still need the moisture all year around.

By the way, do you make a in-the wall ultrasonic unit with a humidistat, that can run from filtered water that removes minerals and chlorine?
 
 
Aprilaires' response:

Thank you for your email regarding your model 350 Aprilaire humidifier. The minimum water temperature for our self contained humidifiers is 140F. This is required in order for the evaporation process to take place. When the hot water flows over the water panel, the water evaporates off the water panel and into the room temperature air moving through the water panel. Lowering the water temperature will reduce the amount of humidification produced. The water to the humidifier can be hard or softened but should not be from a reverse osmosis system. We do not manufacture ultrasonic humidifiers.

 

What is the replacement for the 2120/2140?

Monday, May 7, 2012 by Aprilaire Team
Consumer question:

We had our A/C system replaced last year. We had an Aprilaire filter system installed at the recommendation of the contractor. He said that the filters were Aprilaire 2120/2140 and a Humidifier Panel 400. What is your current replacement for these. I do not see them on any site selling your product.

Aprilaires' response:

Thank you for contacting us regarding replacement media for your Aprilaire products. The models 2120 and 2140 are two different air cleaners and would take different filter media. Please follow the links below for more information on the filter media for the two air cleaners:

http://estore.aprilaire.com/catalog/air-cleaners/model-2120-parts
and
http://estore.aprilaire.com/catalog/air-cleaners/model-2140-parts

Furthermore, please follow the link or navigate through the estore for information on the replacement water panels for the model 400 humidifier:

http://estore.aprilaire.com/catalog/humidifiers/model-400-series-parts/254

If you have any further questions regarding this or any of our products, please feel free to contact our customer service department at your earliest convenience.

 

Aprilaire 10 Year Clean Coil Commitment

Friday, April 20, 2012 by Aprilaire Team

Aprilaire Air Cleaners are so effective at removing particles and contaminants that are harmful to your family and your HVAC equipment, we offer this guarantee.  Should your new indoor air conditioning coil require professional cleaning in the next 10 years while properly using an Aprilaire Air Cleaner, we will pay $100 toward the cost of having the indoor coil cleaned by a licensed contractor.

This commitment applies to new HVAC equipment with a new indoor air conditioner coil (less than six months old) installed with an Aprilaire Air Cleaner.  The Aprilaire Air Cleaner must be installed by a licensed HVAC contractor.  The Aprilaire Air Cleaner must be properly maintained as per directions in the owner's manual including use of only Aprilaire brand media replacement.   Click to view Aprilaire's Clean Coil Commitment.

What Everybody Ought to Know About Whole Home Air Cleaners - they are Proven to Protect and Even Improve Health

Monday, April 2, 2012 by Aprilaire Team

The air in American homes is increasingly contaminated and polluted, and now studies have linked poor indoor air quality to the dramatic rise in not only allergy and asthma symptoms, but also a variety of other health issues, including heart disease, stroke and blood clots.

Studies are emerging that prove poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to a variety of symptoms and medical issues.  While individuals with pre-existing medical problems such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and allergies are at most risk from poor indoor quality, the medical literature demonstrates that even those in a good state of health are negatively affected.

The latest study conducted by scientists from Denmark and Sweden, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, reveals that poor indoor air adversely affects the performance of blood vessels in humans leading to cardiovascular disease.  The study also found that indoor air filtration greatly reduced the amount of ultrafine, fine and coarse air particles in the homes tested, which was associated with an actual improvement in the microvascular function of the study participants.

In an effort to protect public health and combat airborne invaders, Aprilaire, a leading manufacturer of indoor air quality products, is urging consumers nationwide to consider whole-home air cleaners as part of a modern and integrated approach to managing their indoor environments. Homeowners can be sure that a whole-home air cleaner works to permanently trap the airborne contaminants that most affect health and aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms, moving clean and comfortable air throughout every room of the home, all while operating silently and out of sight.

While the medical community acknowledges the benefits of clean air in the home, consumers often find themselves disappointed with the options available at local home improvement centers where portable, do-it-yourself air cleaning units are sold.

“We know through research that most people buy portable air cleaners to help alleviate some sort of respiratory issue, this cannot be accomplished with one portable air cleaner for an entire home,” said Mike Rimrodt, marketing director for Aprilaire. “In fact, most homes require four or five portable units or more too clean the air throughout the entire home and still don’t do as good a job,” notes Rimrodt. “When comparing performance, installation and maintenance factors, and overall cost, a whole-home air cleaning solution is ideal for families who want to ensure healthy, clean air in every room and get the best value for their dollar.”

Whole-home air cleaners permanently trap the airborne contaminants that can aggravate health and allergy and asthma symptoms. In a recent standard industry test, the Aprilaire 5000 achieved 99 percent efficiency against airborne particles. The unit captures and kills virtually all contaminants including those that most affect personal health—viruses, bacteria, spores and allergens 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Aprilaire also offers homeowners a one-of-a-kind air cleaner control that allows them to actively clean the air in their entire home based on personal preference and event triggers. A simple-to-program thermostat features Event-Based ™ Air Cleaning:

  • Constant Cleaning:  air cleaner is active for 24 hours a day seven days a week
  • Automatic:  air cleaner will run a minimum of 30 minutes per hour
  • Event Clean:  air cleaners will run for three hours continuously and then turn off
  • Allergies:  air cleaner will run continuously for 24 hours and then turn off

Event-Based Air Cleaning also provides other conveniences such as indicators that air cleaning is taking place as well maintenance reminders.

For more information on whole-home air cleaners and Event-Based Air Cleaning, visit www.aprilaire.com.

Aprilaire Model 5000 EAC Air Cleaner is humming?

Thursday, March 29, 2012 by Aprilaire Team

Consumer question:

Why I started to hear humming noise when I turn on the Aprilaire Air Cleaner model 5000? The technician from Sears helped me to replace the filter in December 2011, but shortly after that, I start to hear this annoying noise and worry about the possible health risk it prsents to my family.

Does this electric humming/hissing really matter to human health? If so, whom should I contact?

 

Aprilaires' response:

Thank you for your email regarding your model Aprilaire Electronic air cleaner.
Under normal operation there is electricity passing through the door of the model 5000 into the cabinet just like a plug into an outlet. This can sometimes be audible but it does not pose any health risks.

If you are feeling that the noise is coming from the HVAC equipment call your HVAC specialist and have them give us a call when they are looking over the equipment.

 

What humidifier is right for my 1500 sq ft house in Alaska?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by Aprilaire Team
Consumer questioni:
 
I have a 1500 sq. ft. house in Alaska. Very dry in the winter. We have a forced air furnace and a HRV system. Also have hard wood floors that currently are shrinking due to RH in the home of 32%. What humidifier do you recommend to meet our needs?
 
Aprilaires' response:
 
Thank you for contacting us with regards to our Aprilaire Humidifiers. Based on the information provided, we could recommend any of our units. Other factors to consider are the age of the home and its relative tightness. The presence of an HRV system must also be taken into consideration. These systems typically provide a constant stream of fresh (and dry) air to your home. HRVs can actually work against your humidification needs by removing humidity already inside the home. You may want to weigh the benefits of the HRV operating during your humidifying season versus meeting your humidifying needs. We would recommend that you contact your local HVAC installer to have them visit your site and provide you with an assessment of your humidity needs and what Aprilaire humidifier would best meet them.

 

What Aprilaire unit should I use to replace my old 110 humidiifer?

Thursday, March 8, 2012 by Aprilaire Team
Consumer question:
 
The 110 does not seem to perform as it should any longer and may need to replace it. What is a replacement that will fit the 110 opening on the furnace
 
Aprilaires' response:

Thank you for contacting us regarding the replacement for your model 110. From an operational standpoint the model 700 would be the replacement for your 110. However, due to size differences there would be some resizing of the opening on your duct work.

Additionally, we recommend the installation be done by a licensed HVAC contractor. When installed by a licensed contractor, the units come with a 5 year warranty beginning on the date of installation. If you choose not to use a licensed contractor you risk voiding the 5 year warranty.

If you have any further questions regarding this or any of our products, please feel free to contact our customer service department at your earliest convenience.

 

UV lights? Okay with my Aprilaire?

Friday, March 2, 2012 by Aprilaire Team
Consumer question:
 
Will the aprilaire media's standup to UV lights? I know the honeywell's at one time would get holes in them within a few months. And if the aprilaire's are compatable how far away does the light need to be?

Aprilaires' response:

Thank you for contacting us regarding our Aprilaire air cleaner filters. We do not recommend any exposure from UV light onto our filter media. Our filters are made of acrylic and polypropylene fibers that break down when exposed to UV light. This break down could lead to shortened filter life and lowered efficiency.

If you have any further questions regarding this or any of our products, please feel free to contact our customer service department at your earliest convenience.

will the aprilaire media's standup to UV lights? I know the honeywell's at one time would get holes in them within a few months. And if the aprilaire's are compatable how far away does the light need to be?

 
 

 

Which side of the furnance can my humidifier be installed?

Thursday, March 1, 2012 by Aprilaire Team
Consumer question:
 
I have not yet purchased a whole house humidifier yet. My question is what kind would you recommend in my situation. My house is on a slab and the cold air return is through the attic down into the furnace unit. I have no one of attaching a bypass pipe to the supply ducts since it is underground. Is there a unit that I can install solely on the return side of the furnace?

Aprilaires' response:

Thank you for contacting Aprilaire.

Yes, you could install the 700 on either side of the furnace, and it does not have a bypass to go to the other side. You will need to run hot water to this humidifier.

We do not recommend installing any humidifier in an attic where conditions may freeze.

Other wise you could go with a stand alone unit, the 360. That goes through a wall. It does not connect to the HVAC system at all.