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.

For more information on a whole-home dehumidifier and how you can improve energy savings this summer, visit http://www.aprilaire.com. Also, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Aprilaire.

Can Ohio Couple Save Basement With Dehumidifier After Flood?

Friday, June 27, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

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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.

For more information on a whole-home dehumidifier and how you can control basement humidity like the Johnsons did, visit http://www.aprilaire.com. Also, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Aprilaire.

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 Aprilaire.com to learn more about whole-home air cleaners and total comfort solutions to air purity, humidity, freshness and temperature.

Megan Leick
608-310-6167

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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.
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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.

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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

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.

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.

Prepare for the Allergy Season by Controlling Air Purity on Your Terms

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

After such a long, hard winter, a pleasant, sunny spring may be a dream come true for many of us, but it could be a nightmare for allergy sufferers. That's because pollen-producing plants like the same kind of mild, calm weather that most of us do.

Even if we can't predict how bad the pollen will be outside, there are steps you can take to reduce pollen indoors.

Most experts recommend a strategy of avoidance to reduce indoor allergies.  The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) suggests that homeowners consider such measures as:

  • Covering mattresses and pillows in non-permeable covers
  • Removing carpets and curtains from bedrooms
  • Having non-allergic members of the household do the vacuuming
  • Keeping pets out of the bedroom
  • Limiting outdoor activities during days with high pollen counts
  • Keeping windows closed (at home or in the car) to keep pollens out
  • Take a shower after coming indoors; otherwise, pollen in your hair may bother you all night

An effective strategy to trap airborne pollen and other particles is with the use of a high efficiency air cleaner installed in the home's heating and cooling system.  A whole-home solution like the Aprilaire Air Cleaner removes up to 99% of pollen.

To get the most out of air cleaning, Aprilaire offers homeowners an air cleaning 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 with these settings to allow homeowners to customize cleaning based on their needs:

  • Constant Cleaning:  Air is cleaned 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Automatic:  Cleans for 30 minutes every hour
  • Event Clean:  Cleans for three continuous hours
  • Allergies:  Cleans continuously for a 24 hour period

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

As we weather an unusually long allergy season this year, there is hope and help! Maintaining a cleaner home environment as well as the recommendations from AAAAI and other allergy professionals can help sufferers cope with aggravating day to day symptoms.

Aprilaire has been a brand leader in the indoor air quality industry for over 60 years.  The company designs, develops, manufactures and distributes whole-home indoor air quality products that provide comfort, health, energy efficiency, and the protection and preservation of the home.  Visit www.aprilaire.com to learn more about the benefits of whole-home air cleaners, Event-Based™ Air Cleaning, and total comfort control solutions to air purity, humidity, fresh air and temperature.

Program your thermostat to lose weight????

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

Program your thermostat to lose weight????

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Humidify and Go Green!

Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Aprilaire Team

Humidify and Go Green!

Whole-house humidification can be your "greener" choice for comfort. The Aprilaire Model 400 utilizes patented technology that evaporates 100% of the water that goes into it, providing soothing humidification to every room of your home with minimal water usage.

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Did you know lingering, musty smells are the result of poor ventilation in your home?

Thursday, December 19, 2013 by Aprilaire Team

Did you know lingering, musty smells are the result of poor ventilation in your home? Beyond helping to prevent odors, learn why whole-home ventilation is important: http://www.aprilaire.com/index.php?znfAction=ProductsCat&category=ventilation

Winter energy bills are projected to be the highest in years. Learn how Aprilaire whole-home products can help you save some cash this winter.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Aprilaire Team

Winter energy bills are projected to be the highest in years. Learn how Aprilaire whole-home products can help you save some cash this winter. http://www.aprilaire.com/index.php?znfAction=IAQProblems&category=energy

How many of you wonder whether programmable thermostats are really necessary? Isn’t it fine to just “set it and forget it?”

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by Aprilaire Team

How many of you wonder whether programmable thermostats are really necessary? Isn’t it fine to just “set it and forget it?” This article does a great job of explaining the benefits of programmable thermostats: http://www.ehow.com/facts_5571715_benefits-programmable-thermostats.html

Open your windows in the summer for fresh air, but what about the winter?

Sunday, December 8, 2013 by Aprilaire Team

In summer, we have the option to open the windows to help refresh indoor air with outdoor air. However, as the temperature drops, so do the circulation options. Installing a whole-home ventilation system allows a quiet and energy efficient way to exchange stagnant, polluted indoor air with fresh outdoor air. Learn more about the benefits of ventilation, here: http://aprilaire.com/index.php?znfAction=ProductsCat&category=ventilation

Have you noticed how many products are out there claiming to be “asthma-friendly?” It pays to do your homework!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Aprilaire Team

Have you noticed how many products are out there claiming to be “asthma-friendly?” It pays to do your homework! This article, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic, offers several tips to keep in mind before spending your hard earned money. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/asthma-friendly/AS00033/

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

Are you losing sleep because of sticky, humid nights?

Friday, August 9, 2013 by Aprilaire Team

Are you losing sleep because of sticky, humid nights? This is because of too much humidity in your home! Aprilaire whole-house dehumidifiers help make homes more comfortable. Learn more here: http://www.aprilaire.com/index.php?znfAction=ProductDetails&category=17&item=1700

 

Did you know: Installing an Aprilaire Whole-Home Dehumidifier can help improve your health?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by Aprilaire Team

Did you know: Installing an Aprilaire Whole-Home Dehumidifier can help improve your health? Learn more about the benefits of whole-home dehumidification at http://www.aprilaire.com/index.php?znfAction=ProductsCat&category=dehumid

Allergic to dust mites?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Aprilaire Team

Allergic to dust mites?

About 40,000 dust mites can live in one ounce of dust! Also, dust mites are a known trigger of asthma. Aprilaire air purifiers and dehumidifiers can work in tandem to eliminate dust mites. Air purifiers capture up to 98 percent of airborne contaminants down to one micron in size. Dehumidifiers can eliminate excess moisture in the air – where dust mites thrive.

Learn more about Aprilaire air purifiers and dehumidifiers at http://www.aprilaire.com/index.php?znfAction=Products.