Fresh Air Ventilation
Air inside the home can be up to 5 times more polluted than the air outside. A properly functioning whole-home ventilation system is critical to maintaining a Healthy Home environment. Fresh air ventilation brings in air from the outside to dilute stagnant indoor air and remove airborne contaminants.
Products such as the Aprilaire Model 8145 Fresh Air Ventilator and Model 8126X Ventilation System bring in the recommended amount of fresh air, using only a minimal amount of energy. Combining fresh air ventilation with our IAQ thermostats allows homeowners to easily adjust the amount of fresh air being brought into their home.
Proper filtration of the air in the home, as well as incoming air from ventilation, is key to removing particulates from the air.
According to the United States National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health, coronavirus particles average 0.13 microns in size, and most airborne viruses range from 0.03 to 0.3 microns.
Aprilaire MERV 16 Allergy & Asthma Filters provide the highest rate of effectiveness, capturing up to 96%* of airborne particles the size of viruses. When used in Aprilaire Air Cleaners, these filters feature Self-Seal Technology, which minimizes the amount of air bypassing the filter.
*Contaminants removed based on air passing through the filtering system
Whether it’s combatting dry air or reducing excess moisture and its resulting problems, proper humidity in the home greatly reduces the transmission of viruses. ASHRAE promotes keeping humidity between 30-60% in order to minimize virus survival rates.
To properly control humidity and reduce viruses in the home, Aprilaire provides humidifier products such as the 600, 700, and 800, as well as our e-series dehumidifiers. These products are designed to help make the homes healthy by keeping humidity within its optimal range, no matter the time of year or region of the country.
We support the findings and recommendation of ASHRAE that the most effective way to prevent proliferation of airborne viruses is by installing a whole home Healthy Air System containing 3 essential elements:
1. Air Cleaner with a high performance filter
2. Humidity Control
3. Ventilation for fresh air