Indoor Air Quality Can Affect Your Baby

How Indoor Air Quality Can Affect Your Baby

Infants and children inhale and retain larger amounts of air pollution per unit of body weight than adults; in fact, the air intake of a resting infant is twice that of an adult.

Their narrow bronchioles are more likely to be constricted in response to environmental irritants more so than the bronchioles of adults.   As children grow, their organ systems are still developing and their normal growth may be affected when exposed to pollutants at critical periods (Mathieu-Nolf, 2002)

When studying the health effects of a particular hazard, children are often considered as if they were small adults, however, children represent the largest sub-population susceptible to the adverse health effects of air population. For example, during the first few months after birth, an infant’s metabolic pathways are still developing and due to the biochemical immaturity, an infant cannot detoxify and excrete toxins as well as adults (Tamburlini et al., 2002).

It is difficult for newborn babies to regulate their body temperature, in fact its only at around 18 months to 2 years that babies really learn how to regulate their temperature naturally.  Using the air conditioner can help to provide the ambient room temperature to keep your baby comfortable.

Before you turn on your air con, first check to see if you air conditioner is clean and not blowing mould or bacterial contamination back in to the room for your baby to breathe in?

Mould

Mould is an unsightly fungus and causes a number of negative health effects for room occupants.  Usually mould is found in dark, damp areas of your home like the bathroom.  We don’t think to look in the air conditioning system when looking for mould.  The air conditioner is always damp and it filters the indoor air which creates a build up of contaminates on the indoor coils creating a food source for bacteria and mould to thrive.

Health symptoms from contaminated indoor air include:

  • Allergy
  • Asthma
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing and shortness of breath
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Headaches

Cleaning the filters will not address the mould issue, you will need to engage a professional that specialises in HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) Hygiene. Due to the air con’s ideal environment for mould to thrive, the mould can begin to grow back within as little as four weeks after having your air conditioner cleaned.  Having the air conditioners professionally cleaned is a great start to ensuring the mould contamination is not blown back into the room.  To ensure peace of mind an antibacterial treatment should be used on the coils to prevent mould growth for a minimum of 12 months.  Sanitair guarantees 12 month mould free from treatment date and all Sanitair products are environmentally friendly, bio-degradable, asthma and allergy friendly.

Sanitair Premium HVAC Hygiene remediation can remove mould, bacteria, pet dander, DNA, skin squames, faeces, pests, dust, dust mites from deep within your system where you can’t reach.  Our Premium clean takes approximately 60 – 90 minutes to complete and comes with a 12 month mould free guarantee.   We are located in every state and territory with over 67 branches across Australia that are locally owned and operated.

Freecall Sanitair 1800 130 168 and ensure the air in your home is clean and healthy to breathe.

Gyms, Not a Breath of Fresh Air

Is the air quality at your gym toxic?

How our breathing is affected when we exercise?

Two of the most important organs we use when exercising: our hears and our lungs.

Our lungs bring oxygen into our body, to provide energy and remove carbon dioxide.

Our heart pumps the oxygen around our body to the muscles that we use during exercise.

Our muscles work harder, our body uses more oxygen and therefore produces more carbon dioxide.

To handle the extra demand on our bodies, our breathing has to increase from about 15 times a minute (at resting 12 litres of air) to a whopping 40-60 times a minute (100 litres of air).

During exercise, we are more susceptible to airborne particles because we are breathing deeper and putting stress on our cardio and respiratory system.

The whole purpose of going to the gym is to get healthy.  So why would you risk your health by breathing in toxic indoor air?  Your gym’s indoor air quality could be contaminated as a result of dirty air conditioning system.

People that work out longer or more often have the potential to inhale more harmful substances into their lungs, as they are exposed to these conditions for longer periods of time and their breathing rates are increased.

The air pollutants are also particularly high during peak exercise times when dust and other particles are stirred up and all the gym users are huffing and puffing and producing more carbon dioxide.  These particles are then recycled through the air conditioning system and blown back into the gym for occupants to inhale.

Gyms – not a breath of fresh air.

It is important that you are aware of your surroundings and if you do notice the air conditioner at your gym is contaminated, let the staff know straight away.  Sanitair can clean and sanitise the air conditioner and offer a 12 month mould free guarantee to ensure all room occupants breath clean healthy air, guaranteed.

If you suffer from asthma or respiratory illness you are more at risk of an attack with a contaminated air conditioning system. If you smell a stale (dirty sock) odour it is more than likely the air conditioning system.

Find out if your gym has had their air conditioners cleaned regularly by your local Sanitair HVAC hygienist 1800 130 168. Sanitair also offer FREE Health assessments!

Tips on Cleaning Your Air Conditioner

Tips on How to Clean Your Air Conditioner!

Overtime dust, dirt, and debris build up in your reverse cycle air conditioning unit and as a result your costs for cooling/heating your home/office or electricity bill go through the roof.

This build up in the air conditioning system causes the air conditioner to be less efficient.  The air conditioner will have to work harder to achieve proper air flow so room occupants can enjoy cooler indoor temperatures.

If Dirty, your air conditioning uses more power which means a higher electricity bill.

High electricity bills are not the only problem you face with a dirty air conditioner.  All that build-up of bacteria, mould, pet dander, DNA, skin squames, dust mites etc, can have an ill effect on your health.  Your indoor air quality will be contaminated because the air conditioner recycles that dirty air back into the room which can make you more prone to illness, allergies and respiratory problems.

You need to minimise your energy costs and improve your indoor air quality by making sure that you clean your air conditioning system regularly.

Summer is only just around the corner and we are set for high temperatures this season.  Before you turn the system on check the filters are free from contamination.  This is very simple to do and as a result of cleaning just the filters you can improve your energy costs by up to 10%. It is best to clean your filter every 12 weeks or more regularly dependent on what is filtered through the air conditioner.  For example, a kitchen air conditioner should have the filters cleaned a lot more regularly than a bedroom air conditioner because of the cooking fats & oils that get filtered through the system.

Switch the system off, flip up the casing and remove the filters.  Using a vacuum clean and remove the contamination on the filter.

While you have the filters out have a look at the coils (behind the filter) if you can see a build up on the coils you will need to get a professional air conditioner clean.  A professional Sanitair HVAC hygienist can clean the air conditioners coils and improve your energy costs by up to 28% and offer a 12 month mould free guarantee.

Don’t forget to clear the debris from the exterior unit afterwards. According to experts, there should be around at least half a metre of clear space surrounding the exterior unit. If there is debris blocking this space, the air around the unit won’t be able to flow freely,

If time is important to you, engage in a professional HVAC Hygienist – Freecall 1800 130 168 for your local Sanitair HVAC Hygienist and get it done properly.

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Simple Aircon Habits to Save You Money.

Small changes to your air conditioning habits actually Save you money!

In winter most will set their air conditioner around the high twenty range to keep the room cosy. The high twenty range setting could be costing you, and a small change to your air conditioner temperature setting can $ave you money!

We have sourced the ideal heating temperature settings for your home or workplace from Canstar Blue.

What is the best temperature to set your aircon to save on energy costs?

During winter a standard air conditioner’s temperature setting should be set around 18 – 20 degrees for heating, to ensure maximum energy efficiency from your system.
Australia is very large and the climate differs state from state, so this setting would not be ideal for all. Depending on your location, below is a table that gives you a general idea on what you should set your air con temperature at the ensure savings.


Optimum temperatures for air conditioning Sourced: CanStar Blue

What the above table essentially suggests is that air conditioners will have to work harder to offset harsher climates. Those living in warmer climates should set their air con cooling temperatures a little lower, while those living in cooler climates should set their air con’s heater a little warmer.

Why do temperature settings affect air con costs?

Your air conditioner will work harder and consume more electricity if the temperature is set on a higher setting. The higher the setting the higher your energy consumption.
Ergon Energy estimates that every one degree cooler in summer adds 10% to the amount of electricity that the air conditioner uses, so it would seem plausible that similar would be said for every degree hotter in winter also adds 10% to the amount of energy used by the air conditioner.

Other ways by closing windows, doors and curtains can dramatically reduce the heat escaping the room. Start at a lower temperature setting and slowly increase the setting until desired temperature has been reached, rather than quickly heating the room.

Make sure your air conditioner can breath!

Professionally cleaning the indoor air conditioner coils will ensure the build up of contamination is removed, so your air conditioning system can run more efficiently. The indoor air will be improved and with a Sanitair Premium Air Con Clean you can rest assured with a 12 month mould free guarantee.

Sanitair have technicians in Darwin, Cairns, Mackay, Townsville, Brisbane, Fraser Coast, Gold Coast, Sydney, Shoalhaven, Canberra, Bendigo, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania, Perth, Kalgoorlie, Newman, Pilbara and more.

Freecall 1800 130 168 to locate your local Sanitair HVAC hygienist, with over 65 branches across Australia.

Save Money on Heating Your Home

Electricity prices have all of us looking to ways to reduce energy consumption.  Here are some ways to save Money on heating your home.

House occupants are advised to install double glazed windows, insulation and replace old air conditioners.  Apart from those often expensive tips, here are a few affordable options;

  1. Thick curtains – The best way to prevent heat escaping your home through the windows, install curtains with a thermal lining.  The thicker the fabric the better, even placing curtains in doorways can help it escaping the room.
  2. Let the sunlight in – during the day and close the curtains as soon as dusk falls to maximise on retaining the heat.
  3. Close off unused rooms – the quickest way to heat up a room is to stop the heat from escaping. Close any doors to room that you don’t need to heat such as the bathroom or laundry.
  4. Cover the Floor – If you have a tiles or floor boards in your room cover with a large rug. Not only keeping your feet warm but also adding to the psychological effect of a cosy room.
  5. Close Pet Doors – Heat can easily escape from your Doggie Door, make sure to close if not needed while you are in the room.                                      
  6. Professionally clean your Air Conditioner – Save up to 28% on energy costs by having a professional HVAC Hygiene service  and improve indoor air quality.
  7. Set your Aircon Timer – Set your air conditioner to come on earlier (dusk) and gradually heat up the room, rather than trying to heat the room quickly.

Call one of our friendly locally owned Sanitair HVAC Hygienists 1800 130 168, we have over 65 branches across Australia.