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Dust Storms = Health Issues

Recent Dust Storms can cause ongoing Health Issues

The recent dust storms experienced in the Southern Eastern Australian states was a combination of strong winds and our drought effected lands. Unfortunately, this combination had a very serious side with Asthma and Allergy sufferers being exposed to what can be a deadly trigger.

Now that the winds have subsided and the dust has literally settled, we must ask how much has settled into our homes and businesses.  Dust storms like the ones recently experienced in Australia have the potential to effect indoor air quality months after the actual event.

Affected homes and businesses need to remove the residual effects caused by these storms to restore indoor air quality. A thorough Vacuum with a HEPA vacuum not forgetting blinds curtains and bed spreads.  Dusting all solid objects and cleaning our air conditioning units.  Air conditioners become heavily contaminated in such events and can continue to blow airborne contaminants around until removed properly.

A professionally cleaned and sanitised air conditioner will not only restore your systems health but it has been proven to greatly improve indoor environments along with protecting the health of room occupants.

Sanitair will remove recent dust storm contamination from your air conditioners and make them Look, Smell and Run as New.

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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.

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Classroom Air Quality, A Growing Concern

 

 By Craig Jefferies, Sanitair

School News Magazine – TERM 3 – 2016

 

Indoor air quality is a growing problem in our schools, and students, staff and visitors are being exposed unnecessarily.

It is a well-known fact that most people spend 90 percent of their days indoors.

A study of human exposure to indoor air pollutants by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has indicated that indoor pollution levels may be between two and five times, and sometimes 100 times, higher than outdoor levels.

Indoor air pollution has long been implicated as a cause of absenteeism, hospitalisation and reduced quality of life due to respiratory problems. According to Asthma Australia, growing numbers of people are suffering with one in ten Australians suffer from asthma and associated respiratory distress.

What are the consequences of indoor air problems at school?

Failure to prevent indoor air problems, or failure to act promptly, can have consequences such as:

  • increasing the chances that the health of students and staff may be affected
  • impacting the students’ learning environment, comfort, and attendance
  • reducing productivity of teachers and staff due to discomfort, sickness, or absenteeism faster deterioration and reduced efficiency of the school’s plant and equipment
  • straining relationships between school administration, parents and staff

Good indoor air quality contributes to a favourable learning environment for students, productivity for teachers and staff, and a sense of comfort, health, and well-being for school occupants.

One piece of equipment used widely in our classrooms to deliver comfort and enhance the learning experience is air conditioning.

Unfortunately, the biological health of many air conditioning systems is nothing short of appalling, with many harbouring more bacteria than your average wheelie bin or garbage can.  Incorrectly and poorly maintained air conditioners are exposing our teachers and children to serious health issues. Untreated, these breeding grounds for pathogens have the potential to trigger respiratory distress.

Mould, bacteria, dirt, mites, bio­ films, mice, cockroaches, geckos, pest feaces and human DNA are typical contaminants found deep within air conditioning systems in our schools.

Healthy air conditioning is all about controlling contaminants, and establishing a biologically balanced environment deep within air conditioning components. Ensuring heat exchange coils, blowers, air wells, primary filters, condensate pans and drains are kept clean and sanitised.

So why are so many school air conditioners so

contaminated that removal Is advised?

The correct professional cleaning of key components is critical to establishing a healthy environment deep within an air conditioner.

Professional cleaning and sanitising not only ensures your air conditioning is able to deliver a comfortable environment for teachers and students, but also a much healthier one.

Most air conditioning contractors focus on the mechanical maintenance of air conditioning but lack the correct equipment, products and patience to remediate air conditioners to the Australian Standard 3666. Professional air conditioning cleaning is a specialised field with dedicated technicians, who are highly trained in air conditioning remediation,

and in the restoration of healthy environments.

The benefits of specialised air conditioning cleaning

  • Improvement to indoor air quality and healthier environments
  • Up to 30 percent reduction in energy usage
  • Quieter system operation
  • Odour removal
  • Increased plant and equipment life
  • Reduction of symptoms associated with poor indoor air quality, such as itchy eyes, runny noses and sneezing
  • Reduction of respiratory distress, such as asthma attacks.

Many professional air conditioning contractors now employ the services of companies like Sanitair Australia to professionally clean air conditioners on their behalf, acknowledging the level of expertise that such companies demonstrate, and the ongoing benefits they deliver for their customers.

Your school should also consider the services of a specialised air conditioning cleaning company to minimise your risk, and improve the overall indoor air quality in your classrooms and offices.

Many professional air conditioning cleaning companies will conduct obligation free health checks and risk assessments.

By Craig Jefferies, Sanitair

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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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