AprilAire Humidifiers

Keeping your home's humidity levels in check can significantly improve the healthfulness and comfort of your home.

When it comes to feeling comfortable in your home, the old saying "it's not the heat (or cold) - it's the humidity" rings true. Other than ambient humiditytemperature, nothing affects a body's perception of comfort more than the humidity level. And there's a fairly narrow range between what is considered "too much" and "too little" of it.

Industry experts state that keeping your home's humidity between 30-60% can help reduce the effects of many unwanted conditions. Excess humidity or too little humidity can not only lead to an unhealthy home but also cause permanent damage to your home and belongings.


Too Little Humidity

  • You experience chronic physical symptoms such as sore throats, dry/itchy skin, nose bleeds or sinus irritation.
  • Your home's wood floors are shrinking and cracking. Joints in wood furniture are becoming loose or failing.
  • Wallpaper is peeling, while your paint or plaster is starting to crack.
  • Annoying and sometimes painful static shocks are common occurrences.
  • Your thermostat is cranked up, as is your energy bill, but you still feel cold.
  • Your piano and other musical instruments are falling out of tune.

Too Much Humidity

  • Your skin often feels clammy, sweaty or sticky.
  • Musty-smelling odors are invading your living space.
  • Wood floors, trim or wood furniture is warping or rotting, paint is peeling.
  • Condensation, frost or ice have formed on the inside surface of your windows. Water pipes are "sweating".
  • Damp spots, or worse, mold and mildew, have formed on ceilings or walls.
  • Your allergies or asthma have gotten worse due to the growth of mold, mildew and dust mites.
  • Your house is a breeding ground for termites, cockroaches and other pests.


What You Can Do to Treat the Symptoms

  • Use ventilation fans in kitchens and bathrooms when in use. Ensure that your fans are venting directly outside.
  • Cover dirt floor crawlspaces under your house with plastic to act as a vapor barrier.
  • Check to make sure your dryer is vented to the outside. Don't dry wet clothes on drying racks in the house. Air-dry them outdoors if possible.
  • Ensure air conditioning drip pans are clean and drain lines unobstructed.
  • Fix any water leaks in pipes, toilets, showers, etc.

 

Whole House vs Portable

Why treat just one room when you could improve the air in your entire home?

You've probably seen the TV commercials and heard the claims you may have one, two, three or more in your home right now in your basement, family room or bedrooms. But whether it's a portable air purifier, humidifier or dehumidifier, the truth is these units just don't work for anything other than temporary one-room relief.

To treat the problem in multiple areas or throughout your entire home, you need to purchase a number of expensive, energy-wasting portable or room units. A better solution to multiple units - an Aprilaire whole-home indoor air quality product. Attached to your central heating and cooling portablesystem, they provide superior relief in every room of your home.


Portable Disadvantages:

  • Portables, otherwise known as tabletop or room units, only treat the air in the immediate vicinity of the unit.
  • You need a separate unit for every room, area or level of your home.
  • Portable units often require frequent cleaning and maintenance. Some units, if not properly maintained, may pose a hazard to you and your family's health. This is often the case with portable humidifiers and dehumidifiers where standing water can pose a health hazard due to biological contaminant growth.
  • Portable units are oftentimes noisy and can be unattractive and obtrusive to your living space.
  • Multiple portable units consume more energy than a single, whole-house solution.


Aprilaire Advantages:

  • Aprilaire whole-home products can treat every room of your home.
  • Aprilaire whole-home solutions require infrequent cleaning and maintenance. Air cleaner filters require changing every 6 months to 2 years depending on the model and how often the unit is run. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers have no standing water and no buckets to clean or empty.
  • Installed directly to your heating and cooling system, whole-home products are installed out-of-sight and away from living spaces working silently and automatically.
  • Every Aprilaire central indoor air quality solution is designed with maximum energy efficiency in mind.

 

AprilAire Filters

Removing pollutants and allergens in your home's air can do wonders for your health, and the quality of your life.

Did you know the air inside your home could be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside? It's true. The air we breathe in our homes is loaded with pollutants like pollen, lung-damaging dust, pet hair, dander, dust mites, mold spores, bacteria and viruses. No wonder the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health today. And if you think your standard 1" throwaway furnace filter is doing the job, you couldn't be more wrong - typical 1" filters only trap about 5-15% of airborne particulates.

With homes being built and remodeled more insulated and tighter than ever - homes are becoming virtually draft-free. And while these changes are filtrationmaking homes more energy efficient, they are also creating a number of filtration problems. Particulates and pollutants become trapped and eventually build up inside your home, settling on countertops, floors and other surfaces. And with a standard throwaway furnace filter, only a small percentage of airborne pollutants are captured, with the majority of pollutants and particles being carried and re-circulated throughout your house via your air ducts and vents.


Problems

  • Airborne pollutants - dust, dust mites, pet hair, dander, pollen, particulates from clothing and furniture.
  • Biological contaminants - bacteria, viruses, mold spores, mildew.
  • Odors and vapors - tobacco smoke, cooking grease


What You Can Do to Treat the Symptoms

  • Open windows when weather and other conditions permit.
  • Bathe pets regularly and keep pet beds and litter boxes away from vents.
  • Change your furnace filter according to manufacturer's recommendations.
  • Run your heating and cooling system blower when vacuuming and dusting to circulate polluted air through your furnace filter.
  • Keep relative humidity between 30 and 60 percent.
  • Make sure kitchen, bathroom and other exhaust fans vent to the outside.

 

Prior Lake Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC, Heating & Air Conditioning, Prior Lake, MN