Don’t Lose Your Cool This Summer

As the weather warms up and summer approaches, now is a good time to make sure your air conditioner is running at its’ best. One easy way is to clean the filters, this will instantly improve the airflow.

Dirty filters hamper the efficiency of your air conditioner and can increase energy costs by 10%.  This simple chore should be done regularly. If the air conditioner is working harder, it’s costing you money without making your home more comfortable.

Before summer sets in Energy Star recommends that the filters be inspected, cleaned or changed every month. Alternatively, if you feel like your system is losing its oomph, have a Sanitair licensed professional clean the filters; clean and flush the coils, drain pan, and drainage system; and apply the treatment to the coils to prevent mould growth for a minimum of mould free. When the filter is removed for cleaning, check the surface of the evaporator coil, which will now be visible. If there is dust, debris or mould contamination on the surface call a Sanitair professional to remove it. The coils soft fins can be very fragile and if too much pressure is applied can be easily damaged.  Be careful not to damage the fins and try to use a professional.

How to clean the filters

With window air conditioners, some filters are easier to change than others. Cleaning the filters may be needed more often during the hottest part of the summer. When cleaning it, remove debris with a vacuum then wash the filter in warm, soapy water; be sure filters are dry before you reinstall them.

Sanitair Premium service will improve the health of your air conditioner, improve air flow and ensure you keep cool this summer.  If your air conditioner is not working properly don’t replace it, it may just need a good clean.

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Reduce Aircon Power Bill- 5 free tips

Reduce Air Conditioning Running Costs this Summer!

Did you know, that maintaining your outdoor air conditioning condenser unit is important? And that regular maintenance can reduce your power bills and save you money. People tend to forget about the outdoor system because it is generally out of sight and out of mind. But after reading this… you may start taking better care of your unit!

 

5 Easy – Do It Yourself Aircon Maintenance Tips to Save $$$$$

 

  1. Turn off your AC when mowing the lawn – Mowing the lawn can be a pain in itself, but having to mow the lawn and clean the outdoor system each time may be even more time consuming. Consider turning your air con off whilst mowing the lawn, the outdoor unit sucks up the dirt, dust, grass clippings, weeds and whatever else gets blown its way clogging the condenser coils, reducing the efficiency and increasing running costs.

 

  1. Sweep up pet dander- Having dogs and cats live outside, means that their fur can be found all around the garden. The fur can also be easily sucked up by the outdoor system creating, what looks like a fur blanket on the side and back of the system. To avoid this, sweep up pet hair regularly which will make your system run more efficiently and avoid other possible costly issues.

 

  1. Avoid putting pot plants on the outdoor unit- Yes, plants make the unit look pretty! But… they also cause rust and in the long term actually make the system look old and outdated. Avoid placing anything on the outdoor unit to prolonging its lifespan and save you money on having to buy a new one sooner than originally planned. Another helpful way to avoid rust and prolong your unit’s life, is to wash it with mild soapy water and if you’re feeling up to it, polish the system with car polish, not only will it extend its life but it’ll be pleasing to the eye, especially if it is in a visible area.

 

  1. Avoid putting a shelter on the system- Homes that are near the ocean should especially avoid placing a shelter over their outside system or enclosing it in a box. People often think this will extend its shelf life, but actually it will shorten it. Condensers are built for the outdoors and depend on rain to naturally cleanse them. When enclosed they are out of site and out of mind, corrosion in harsh environments such as coastal areas is a huge problem and it is made worse with minimal maintenance.

 

  1. Flush the coils regularly – Just as the rain naturally washes condenser units, you can hose down your outdoor air conditioning condenser, position you garden hose nozzle in a downward position to flush contaminants out of the coils. Clean the side and back of the unit from top to bottom for best results. Do not point your nozzle directly into the fan unit as you could possibly wet the condenser electronics which could result in damage.

 

SAFETY FIRST:

Air conditioningRemember to turn the power isolation switch off before performing any maintenance on your air conditioning unit. Your isolating switch will typically be located on the wall within a couple of meters from your condenser unit. If you cannot locate an isolating switch you might have to isolate the power to you air conditioner by turning off the appropriate circuit or breaker in you power distribution / meter box.

These are just a few energy saving tips which will also help you extend the life of your aircon ultimately SAVING YOU $$$.  Another tip and possibly the most vital one is to have your indoor evaporator unit professionally cleaned and sanitised every 12 months. A Sanitair Premium Split System Service ensures that all the critical components of your indoor evaporator are restored to like new condition. Components cleaned include the blower, coils, air well, Condensate drain & pan, evaporator filters and casing.

A Sanitair premium air conditioning service has been proven to provide, better cooling, Increased airflow, quieter operation, odour removal and significant reduction in running costs. Best of all your Sanitair Premium Award winning aircon service is also covered with a national 12 Month Mould Free Guarantee.

Trusted experience Since 2005, To find out more about our Services, visit Sanitair Services today!

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Ways to reduce mould in your home and office

Mould needs moist warm conditions and a food source. That food source may be carpets, flooring, aircons or anything the organism can grow on. Air conditioners are the perfect breeding ground.

 

How can mould affect us?

Common symptoms include: headaches, achy joints, asthma, fatigue, sinus, respiratory infections, skin infections and anxiety. According to NSW Health, “if inhaled the spores can cause blocked noses, irritation to the eyes and skin. People can develop mould infections, usually in the lungs, asthma sufferers can have an attack and life-threatening conditions are possible — although only in rare cases.”

Mould is a harmful contaminant. It is hazardous and can consume everything around it. Minute spores are released by the mould in order to reproduce.

According to Dr Gaskin “mould spores don’t affect all people in a similar way. You could line 10 people up in a room and they could have a completely different reaction depending on their sensitivities or ill health. The symptoms are easy to confuse with general colds and flu.” she said. (Source: www.news.com.au)

 

How to prevent mould in your home and office

dirtyReducing dampness in your home or office can prevent mould from growing. Other preventions include:

 

Reducing ​humidity, Good ventilation and Controlling moisture

  • Lower the use of unflued gas heaters
  • Limit the amount of indoor plants and fish tanks in your home/office
  • Avoid or lower the use of humidifiers
  • Open windows for good ventilation
  • Turn on exhaust fans in bathrooms laundries and kitchens
  • Don’t ignore water leaks and plumbing problems. Fix all water problems as soon as you can
  • Carpets damaged by water and building materials must be washed and cleaned. Get rid of any material/furniture that cannot be cleaned and dried.
  • Run your air conditioner at 24 degrees as this helps to control the moisture in the room. If running a unit at its lowest temperature with windows open, this can add to the problem. Close windows and doors when running air conditioning. Ensure your system doesn’t contain mould as this can cause further problems. Contact a professional aircon cleaning company such as Sanitair Australia in this case.

 

What to do if your aircons have been affected by mould

Air conditioning units are another area that mould and organisms grown on and in. If they are not regularly cleaned and sanitised, you and your family may be breathing in contaminated air which can make you feel ill and fatigued. Sanitair Australia offers a Premium Split System Service which is the most popular and thorough service. The premium service is recommended annually for Asthma and Allergy sufferers and Sanitair® guarantees treated air conditioners indoor coils will be free of mould and bacterial contamination for a period of 12 months from treatment date.  If any treated indoor coil is found to have mould contamination within the guarantee period, Sanitair® will clean and retreat the contaminated system at no charge to the customer.

 

(Credit source: www.news.com.au)

Would you let a carpet cleaner clean your expensive air conditioner?

Well, if you had have heard the stories from some of our customers experiences you would probably answer no. Businesses are always looking for ways to increase revenues and whilst there is nothing wrong with this in principle, many expand by entering into markets that they know little or nothing about to the detriment of consumers and their property.

Over the last 10 years we have seen more and more companies offering air conditioning cleaning as an additional service to their core business. For example, the carpet cleaning industry is one market segment offering air conditioning cleaning with no specific industry backed training or qualifications.

The cleaning of carpet is very different to the professional cleaning and sanitising of an air conditioner that contains expensive electronic and mechanical parts.

 

Aircon Cleaning Experiences

We have heard too many times from consumers that have had negative experiences with carpet cleaning companies who have been engaged to clean their air conditioner without knowing the questions to ask before they were engaged.

Many customers of these companies have experienced damaged to their air conditioners after receiving extremely poor and unprofessional aircon cleaning services. Unfortunately, with the majority of these bad consumer experiences the companies involved did not accept responsibility and did not offer to repair the damage. Unprofessional companies choose to blame the equipment, customer and/or coincidence, leaving the customer with no choice but to pay for expensive repair bills.

The benefits of having your air conditioner professionally cleaned are numerous from better health, increased performance, quieter operation, odour removal and reduced energy consumption.

 

If you are considering having your air conditioners professionally cleaned you need to ask yourself these questions;

  1. Does the service provider specialize in Professional air conditioning cleaning and sanitising?
  2. How long has the service provider been offering this service?
  3. Does the service provider Guarantee their work?
  4. Is the service provider Authorised by the Australian Refrigeration Council?

 

Sanitair Australia offers over 15 years of experience

Sanitair Australia’s core business is air conditioning cleaning and sanitising, and have provided over 50,000 specialised services for Domestic, Commercial and Government customers.

Sanitair™ Australia have been involved with air conditioning and indoor quality for over 15 years providing cleaning, sanitising of air conditioning along with indoor air quality sampling and analysis.

Sanitair also have fully qualified refrigeration tradespeople that can design, install and repair air conditioners along with a team of highly trained air conditioning cleaning technicians. Sanitair are authorised by the Australian Refrigeration Council and provide their premium service customers with a 12 Month Mould Free Guarantee on their premium service.

All Sanitair Technicians hold $20Million Public Liability Insurance and hold Police Check Certification.

To inquire further about a Sanitair service or to book, Free Call 1800 130 168

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Has your office aircon had its winter flu shot yet?

There are a number of questions that employees should be asking themselves if they are often exposed to air conditioning at work. Alongside, these questions, we should know our human rights. According to WHO (World Health Organisation) all people have a fundamental right to breathe clean air! That means that whether you work in an office, restaurant, bakery, supermarket etc you deserve to breath clean, healthy, uncontaminated air.

 

Has a professional looked at your office aircon lately?

Air conditioning units should be booked in for a professional service at least once a year. For bigger office blocks, this could be 2-3 times each year. The reason aircons need to be cleaned so frequently is due to contaminates that easily enter AC units. With a range of staff members and customers entering the office while potentially carrying illnesses, pet dander amongst many other scary pollutants, this could contaminate the unit and ultimately impact the air you breath in the office.

 

Are you in contact with AC air pollution?

Did you know… AC units that are old and haven’t been properly maintained have been shown as factors in many health conditions, including respiratory conditions and the spread of certain diseases.

 

How can you protect yourself against AC air pollution?

  • Check the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning or changing your unit’s air filters.
  • Open the windows as much as you can. Allow fresh air to circulate in your office and flush out pollutants.
  • Have a professional AC cleaning company do annual check-ups and clean your office aircon.
  • Ensure the last person to leave the office at night turns off the system.