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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.

 

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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.

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Sanitair Supports Cystic Fibrosis Awareness

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a relatively common inherited disease in which from infancy there are recurrent chest infections causing lung damage, intestinal malabsorption leading to severe malnutrition and growth failure, and there is an excess of salt in the sweat. Untreated, the condition is usually fatal in infancy or early childhood. With treatment, the average life expectancy of people who live to adulthood is about 37 years and this is increasing. (Credit: Cystic Fibrosis Australia)

May Is National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. Across the country, thousands of volunteers will come together to raise awareness about this devastating disease. They will tell their story of hope and progress.

 

Facts about Cystic Fibrosis

  • There is currently no cure
  • In Australia, one in 2,500 babies are born with CF, that’s one every four days
  • There are over a Million carriers of CF in Australia
  • Since 1986, all newborns have been subject to a heel prick test for diagnosis
  • People with CF are not encouraged to socialise with each other. The risk of cross-infection and exacerbation of lung conditions is too great. CF can be a lonely existence.

 

Is there hope for a cure?

Yes, there is hope for a cure! Around the world people are conducting research. With the help from donations research can be done.

When CF was first described in 1939, patients lived only days or months. Today, CF patients live well into adulthood with a better quality of life. And the outlook is getting better as treatments advance.

 

Who is Cystic Fibrosis Australia?

Cystic Fibrosis Australia (CFA) is the national peak body for cystic fibrosis and works with state and territory partners to achieve national priorities.  Their core responsibilities are to ensure the availability and accessibility of new treatments, fund vital research, advocate for increased support and quality improvement in health care to people with CF.

Our organisation receives no government funding which means they rely on the support of individuals to help raise essential funds to resource the research projects.  CFA is committed to some bold targets and with your support will allow them to continue to work tirelessly with researchers and clinical teams to help reach their goal.

 

How is Sanitair contributing to Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month?

For the month of May, a number of local Sanitair technicians are donating a percentage of every Premium Split System Clean they do. The funds go toward Cystic Fibrosis Australia. 65 Roses is their national fundraising campaign held in May with the last Friday being their National Day

 

Recently, we received a wonderful review from one of our customers in the Central Coast whose son is diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis:

Thank you so much Sanitair for wanting to fund raise for Cystic Fibrosis, it means so much to our family. We recently used the services of Sanitair after discovering mould on one of our air conditioning units. Our 2 year old son has Cystic Fibrosis which has made us more conscious of the dangers to our health from pollutants and bacteria. Trent booked us in for our 2 units to be cleaned and we were shocked and amazed at how dirty the water was after the service. Just seeing the water sickened us as to what we were breathing in. As both units were only 18 months old, we had no idea that they could be so dirty. We were impressed with the prompt and professional service and will definitely be using Sanitair for our next aircon clean. Having your air conditioners cleaned is a MUST for everyone. ~ Caron and Matt

 

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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

 

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Heat Pump Cleaning

Heat Pumps also known as reverse cycle air conditioners, are a very efficient form of domestic heating. For climates with moderate heating and cooling needs, heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to electric heaters or air conditioners.

 

Facts about Heat Pumps

  • Heat Pumps do not generate their own heat. The outside air contains heat that can be harvested, even when we feel it is cold. Like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space. This makes the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house and during the cooling season, they move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors.
  • Due to the fact that heat pumps move heat rather than generate heat, they can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.
  • Heat Pumps can either be standalone, or can be ducted to many rooms.

 

Why is Heat Pump Cleaning vital?

  • Heat pump cleaning saves you money on your electricity bills. Heating and cooling systems take up a large portion of your monthly electrical consumption in Australia and in addition with the price of electricity skyrocketing, we need to find ways to lower consumption.
  • It ensures your heat pump is working at 100% of its efficiency
  • Avoid bigger problems in the future. Small heat pump problems may become bigger and more pricey problems in the near future, if not reported timeously.
  • Improved health benefits. According to Dr John Darcy, “Biologically contaminated heat pumps can be serious health risks but with a Sanitair premium award winning service, this will minimise the exposure and risk to room occupants.”
  • Save time, save energy, save your heat pump. By engaging a professional such as Sanitair, a highly professional and specialised cleaning and sanitising company, it saves you time and energy trying to clean your heat pump in your spare time, which unfortunately won’t be nearly as effective as having a professional heat pump clean.

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