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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!

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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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Buy a Bale – Sanitair Lake Macquarie and Sanitair Central Coast donating $20 for every premium clean in August

Buy A Bale – for drought affected farmers.

So many farmers out there are doing it really tough at the moment, Trent and Elisa Barnett from Sanitair Lake Macquarie and Sanitair Central Coast are donating $20 for every Premium HVAC Hygiene  in August to help raise vital funds for Rural Aid. The not-for-profit organisation does amazing work in supporting farming communities through programs like Buy a Bale, which delivers hay for cattle feed and other essential items.

“These farmers are fellow Australians, so it’s important we do what we can to help.”

Are you thinking about getting your air conditioner professionally cleaned?

How about also doing your bit to help our Aussie farmers who are struggling at the moment?

How Sanitair Lake Macquarie and Sanitair Central Coast are getting involved?

Trent and Elisa love giving back to their local community, for the month of August they are donating $20 for every Premium Air Con clean towards ‘Buy a Bale’ to support the farming community affected by the drought.

The money sponsored will provide emotional and practical support to families affected by this devastating drought and improve their quality of life.

Sanitair Central Coast  and Sanitair Lake Macquarie will donate $20 (a bale of hay) to Buy A Bale from every premium service booked and cleaned in August.  See what you get for your money here Premium HVAC Hygiene 

These donations go directly to farmers and their families who are experiencing the prolonged drought conditions and support immediate needs like household expenses. Every dollar that is donated goes directly to those who need it most. We encourage others to visit https://www.buyabale.com.au/donate/ and add to the effort.

Call Trent or Elisa 1800 130 168 – if you reside in Lake Macquarie or Central Coast NSW.

Sanitair Lake Macquarie & Sanitair Central Coast

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History of Legionnaires Disease

Mystery Illness Kills Legionnaires

The history of Legionnaire’s Disease.

Philadelphia, 1976

July 21st 1976, the American Legion held its annual conference at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia. 2,000 ‘legionnaires’ (as they’re called) gathered to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Declaration of Independence.

Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, 1976.

Ray Brennan was the Legion’s bookkeeper and an Air Force vet. At 61, returned home on the evening of the 24th, he noted to his family that he was feeling run down. So, when he died on the 27th of an apparent heart attack, his earlier noted fatigue was seen as merely prodromal to whatever major cardiac event had been brewing. As his family mourned, another legionnaire, Frank Aveni, also died of a supposed heart attack. By the first of August, six more legionnaires who had attended the convention in Philly were dead of apparent cardiac events.

Dr. Ernest Campbell, a physician in Bloomberg, PA, treated a few of the first legionnaires to die. He quickly realized that they had all recently attended the conference, and he immediately notified the Department of Public Health.

Within the first week after the conference, 130 of the attendees ended up in the hospital; and 25 were dead.

Attendees of the 1976 convention. Within months, two of the men pictured were dead.

Joseph McDade

In January of 1977 McDade successfully isolated the bacterium responsible for the outbreak and he named it Legionella pneumophila It begins with flu-like symptoms and appear similar to a run-of-the-mill respiratory virus: but Legionnaire’s routinely led to pneumonia and high fevers that quickly progressed to fatal bradycardia (slow heart rate). Subsequent research concluded that the bacterium had been in the vents of the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel and had, therefore, been pumped through those air vents and then inhaled by attendees. Continued research would also find it to thrive in hot tubs, humidifiers and nebulizers. The prognosis was actually quite good: it could be treated successfully with specific antibiotics; antibiotics that weren’t the first line of defense by the hospitals that treated the first cases in summer of ‘76.

Legionella bacteria are commonly spread through airborne water droplets. Mist or vapor contaminated with the bacteria can come from whirlpool spas, cooling towers (used as air-conditioning units in large buildings), and water used for drinking and bathing.

Home and car air-conditioning units do not use water to cool the air, so they are not a risk for Legionella growth.

Legionnaires Disease Fact Sheet   http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/legionnaires_disease.aspx

Footnotes
  1. Magazine story covers related to the 1976 outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease. From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Library, #1185. Copyright 1976 by CDC.
  1. http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/legionnaires_disease.aspx
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/about/causes-transmission.html

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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.

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