mould

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)

air conditioner

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

office aircon

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.

 

smelly air conditioning

What causes smelly air conditioning?

“There’s a really bad smell coming from my air conditioner, what is it from?” This is a question we hear from our customers on a regular basis.

Smelly air conditioning units can be caused by mould and mildew that accumulate from condensation on the air conditioner coils, or a clogged drain pan, or a leak in the system. Animals such as rodents, bugs, spiders and geckos also tend to creep into the unit and eventually die, giving off a ‘foul’ smell.

Contaminated air conditioning units can become a breeding ground for mould, mildew, and other sources of biological contaminants. Circulating these contaminants through the home or office can result in various symptoms affecting your family, friends, staff and customers.

 

These include:

  • Fatigue
  • Sore scratchy throat
  • Asthma symptoms or attacks
  • Allergies and Hay Fever
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Battling to breath with tightness of the chest
  • Frequent colds, flu or flu-like symptoms

 

Signs that you may have mould/mildew growing inside your system:

  • Leaky air conditioner
  • High indoor humidity levels
  • Mould growth that’s spread from another source

To check if you have mould growing in your air conditioner you will need to examine your unit/ducts. An accurate and thorough examination can be difficult and this is why it’s ideal for you to have a qualified Technician inspect your air conditioning unit to examine areas that you can’t using special equipment designed for the job.

 

Signs that you may have a dead animal in your smelly air conditioning unit:

  • The smell is stronger the closer you get to the vents
  • You’ve heard moving pests prior to the smell
  • You find pest droppings, hair, etc. in the unit

If you have a smelly air conditioning unit, then it’s time to find and clear the source of the bad odour. Contact Sanitair on 1800 130 168.

insurance

Does your insurance company cover negligence?

What Is The Insurance Definition Of Negligence?

“Negligence is a failure to act in a way that a reasonable person would when faced with the same situation/circumstance. In insurance, the policy holder might be negligent, or it might be another party.” ~ The balance

If you enquire whether an insurance company covers fire/flood and escaping water in homes, it’s safe to say that they will. If we start asking them if they cover negligence, it’s difficult to get a direct ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer. According to insurance companies (including Youi and Allianz), negligence is seen as a case-by-case assessment, so the home owner should always do whatever seems reasonable to protect the property and that of others.

 

An example of Insurers not willing to pay for negligence

insuranceHere is a scenario where insurance companies refuse to pay for negligence…

If there is a nasty smell coming from your bedroom wall due to water damage which has caused mould and bacteria from a leaky air conditioning unit, the insurance company will deny the claim because insurance isn’t intended to repair maintenance issues.

The gradual damage caused by the water, including the mould, is not covered. You will then end up spending a lot of money to repair the problem as the insurance company took the position that it was negligence as a homeowner that resulted in the damage – you didn’t maintain the property. Furthermore, the insurer may warn the homeowner that they have to repair the damage or they will cancel the policy!

 

How to avoid ‘negligence’

Luckily, negligence can be easily avoided. With the scary reality that as homeowners you have the full responsibility of doing general maintenance to your home regularly, this includes asking tenants to inform you if anything within the property needs fixing/extinguishing/cleaning etc which leaves insurance companies with no reason to refuse a claim.

If you own an air con unit/s regular maintenance includes servicing your air conditioning unit every 12 months or sooner. Speak to a professional cleaning company, such as Sanitair Australia to have a look at your aircon. An aircon service could help avoid future problems, such as:

  • insuranceLeaking unit
  • Noisy unit
  • A smelly unit due to bacteria, mould, insects etc
  • Higher electricity bill as the air conditioner has to work harder to cool the air
  • Unit replacement earlier than expected