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American Lung Association Health House and Hearth & Home Technologies Partner to Promote Clean Indoor Air

3/13/2006 (Minneapolis)


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The worlds largest fireplace manufacturer, Hearth & Home Technologies Inc., has partnered with the American Lung Association Health House program to promote clean indoor air. Part of an exclusive agreement with the Health House program, the educational partnership will help raise awareness among builders and consumers about the air quality benefits of innovative technologies like direct vent gas and electric fireplaces.

Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thanks to new homes featuring much tighter construction than in the past to conserve energy, less fresh air enters the home enabling pollutant levels to increase by trapping air inside. As a result, the indoor air quality can be two to five times worse than outdoor air according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Poor indoor air quality can be a serious risk in the home, said Robert Moffitt, communications director of the American Lung Association Health House program. Since many Americans want to have a fireplace or gas stove in their homes, selecting the safest type is a key component to protecting their families health. Were excited to partner with Hearth & Home Technologies to help educate the public about the dangers of unvented fireplaces and fulfill our mission of preventing lung disease and promoting lung health.

Hearth & Home Technologies has a long history of commitment to indoor air quality. As the inventor of direct vent gas technology in the mid-1980s, the company revolutionized the hearth industry by permitting safe gas fireplace installation virtually anywhere in the home. Unlike unvented or vent free gas fireplaces, direct vent gas models directly expel 100 percent of the fires combustion exhaust, moisture and odors outside the home. Indoor air quality does not have a chance of being polluted because a sealed glass front keeps potentially hazardous by-products such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide and excess moisture from entering the home.

As the leader in the hearth industry, we feel it is important to educate consumers and builders about why clean indoor air is important, said Brad Determan, President, Hearth & Home Technologies. Partnering with the American Lung Association is great way to bring awareness to the issue, as well as the innovative technologies available to help protect and improve indoor air quality.

About American Lung Association Beginning our second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The American Lung Association funds vital research on the causes of and treatments for lung disease. With the generous support of the public, the American Lung Association is Improving life, one breath at a time. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or log on to www.lungusa.org.

Health House is a national program of the American Lung Association developed to improve indoor air quality through its national demonstration homes, training programs for consumers and builders, and educational partnerships and alliances. More information can be found at www.HealthHouse.org. The American Lung Association and its Health House program do not endorse products or services.

About Hearth & Home Technologies Inc.

Hearth & Home Technologies Inc. is the worlds largest fireplace manufacturer and a leading provider of hearth products and services for the home. The Hearth & Home Technologies family includes Heat & Glo , Heatilator and Quadra-Fire brand hearth products and Fireside Hearth & Home brand hearth design centers. Hearth & Home Technologies is a subsidiary of HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI), the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the United States. More information can be found at www.hearthnhome.com.