Aprilaire continues to carry out its tradition of community outreach amid the current crisis. Recently the company’s manufacturing team donated its supply of N-95 masks to a local Madison hospital. Having recently stocked up on their supply of masks, which are typically used during routine deep cleaning in the plant, team members volunteered to do without masks in order to help supply the more critical need in the local medical community.
Aprilaire MERV 16 filter material is being tested for use in the development of respiratory masks. We are currently working with a group of local high-tech manufacturers to test the viability of this product.
While the material itself is not suitable for the thermoforming required for mask production, the team is working on a prototype plastic mask on which the filtering media could be welded.
In addition to providing the media itself for testing, Aprilaire Chief Engineer Tom Anoszko is providing filtration knowledge and consulting, design guidance, and is working with other consultants to determine the effectiveness and safety of the product.
The coronavirus pandemic, tragic as it is, has created a new world: a new way of living, a new way of doing business, and a new way we think about health, safety, and the air we breathe. As healthy air providers, contractors, distributors, and manufacturers are all at the forefront of making the right critical recommendations to the public to best ensure healthy air in every home. Aprilaire works within the guidelines of ASHRAE to provide the recommended solutions to curb the spread of airborne viruses as well as bacteria, VOCs, and other contaminants.
Throughout April we are gearing up for an intense series of online training sessions to help contractors understand how they can help homeowners stay healthy, not only through the pandemic, but forever, with the 3-pronged approach to providing healthier air in every home. Healthy Air in the home has always been our message. Register at aprilairepartners.com.