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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, Orange, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania, Perth, Kalgoorlie, Newman, Pilbara and more.

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

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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.

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Melbourne women develops auto-immune disease from MOULD in her air conditioner




A 34 year old high school PE teacher developed lesions all over her skin after moving into a brand-new apartment in trendy Melbourne suburb of Prahran in April 2014.  Carly Buhagiar had no idea how disastrous the place would be for her health, she was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and autoimmune condition that left her so exhausted she was forced to quit her job.

During the three years the 34-year-old high school PE teacher lived in the rental unit she developed lesions all over her skin. At the same time, Ms Buhagiar’s former partner, who was also living in the unit, developed an eerily similar autoimmune condition.

However, it would be years before they would connect the dots – and trace their dramatic health problems back to an air conditioner filled with mould.

Diagnosis Found – MOULD Found to be the cause

“I was just handballed from specialist to specialist, and I probably went to see about 14 different doctors,” she said.  It took over 20 months after she first moved into her apartment  until she was finally diagnosed with toxic mould illness after seeing a new GP.

When asked when she felt her skin was at its best, she replied: ‘When I go on holiday.’ Luckily for Ms Buhagiar, the GP’s colleague had just had an experience with mould, with his son becoming very ill because of it. With this in mind, Ms Buhagiar’s GP recommended she get the apartment tested for mould.

Toxic mould illness is one of the most under-diagnosed conditions caused by toxic vapours from mould.

These vapours can cause an auto-immune reaction in some individuals like in Carly Buhagiar’s case.

Symptoms include fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, shortness of breath, depression, sleep disturbances and  abdominal pain.

“I did a home test kit off the internet. And sure enough, alarm bells rang straight away,” she said.  Ms Buhagiar had further tests done by Dr Cameron Jones, “He came out and swabbed the whole place. It was uninhabitable,” she said.

Dr Jones said “It was extremely high where the air conditioner was pumping out. That was the central thing that you saw when you walked into the apartment,” he said.

Photos taken of the air conditioner at the time show mould growing inside the casing and on its fins. (Photo: Carly Buhagiar)

“It was clear as crystal. It was the air conditioner,” Dr Jones said. While reverse cycle air conditioners can be useful in lowering a home’s humidity, they can also become mouldy inside if they are not regularly checked and maintained, Dr Jones said.

Lint and debris collect inside the air conditioners over time and, when mixed with water, form mould, he said. “It becomes mould contaminated and that’s when it’s a massive problem.”

Sydney GP Mark Donohoe, who specialises in treating chronic illnesses, said he was initially sceptical about CIRS, but over the past few years had come to recognise mould as a factor behind many of his patient’s puzzling and debilitating conditions.

Many of his patients had been ill for years and misdiagnosed with illnesses such as chronic fatigue. Like Ms Buhagiar, they were also often suspected of having mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, Dr Donohoe said.

“When medicine has run out of ideas of physical medical treatment we move straight to psychiatry and psychology. “(So patients get) misdiagnosed with mental health problems but when the moulds are gone they quickly regain their equilibrium and you find people emerging from what seems like depression or anxiety or bipolar disorders,” he said.

“There is no doubt in my mind that (mould-related illness) is an enormous problem and that we are going to have to solve it.” “Why it’s taken off so much in the last few years I can’t tell you but my practice is full of people who are mycotoxin affected, and mould toxins are by far the most common of those.

 Treatment for the Mould Illness

Carly underwent  a two week detox program in a Seattle based wellness clinic which involves medication and also alternative treatments such as “ozone steam sauna capsules” where patients sit inside and “sweat out the mould”.  At an expense of $25,000, Ms Buhagiar said she had noticed improvement in her health.

Dr Donohoe said while there was some merit to the suggestion you could sweat out toxins in the body, the main way to treat a mould illness was still to avoid exposure to it.

Ms Buhagiar has been treated in the US for toxic mould syndrome. (Photo: Carly Buhagiar)

CALLS FOR A NATIONAL INQUIRY

NSW Liberal MP Lucy Wicks, who has herself been diagnosed with CIRS, called for a national inquiry into mould-related illnesses.

An inquiry, similar to one recently conducted into Lyme disease, was needed to raise awareness among GPs about the health impacts of mould and also establish national guidelines for doctors, Ms Wicks said.  A spokesperson for Health Minister Greg Hunt said the minister was supportive of the proposal.

Professional Air Conditioning Mould Remediation

For all your Air conditioning mould remediation contact one of our professional Sanitair HVAC Hygienists.  We have over 65 branches across Australia.

Freecall 1800 1301 68 or enter your postcode into the search bar to be directed to your local Sanitair HVAC Hygienist.

 

 

Sourced: https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/06/06/10/44/mould-in-air-conditioner-woman-develops-toxic-mould-syndrome 

 

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Teen Challenge 2018 Diamond Gala Dinner – Celebrating 60 Years

Saturday night was a great celebration and recognition for the dedicated team and the awesome job they do at Teen Challenge. The 2018 Diamond Gala Dinner, celebrating 60 years was a great success and raised much needed funds for a very worthwhile cause which was validated with some awesome success stories from some very amazing people.

The event table was kindly sponsored by Tony and Karen Evans from Sanitair Brisbane Inner East and their table shared by Robert Walters from Sanitair Brisbane South and Craig & Juliana Jefferies from Sanitair Head Office.

https://www.teenchallengeqld.org.au

Since 1971, Teen Challenge QLD has helped thousands of young people overcome addiction, abuse and other life-controlling problems, giving them a second chance at life.

Substance abuse is one of the most prevalent issues facing this generation. It knows no socioeconomic boundaries.

Their services aim to eliminate self-destructive behaviour by meeting the need of the whole person, not only dealing with the addiction, but also rebuilding their self-image, work ethic, spiritual awareness and relationships.

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Queensland Government Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate

Queenslander’s investing in energy-saving appliances may be eligible for a rebate of up to $300.

As part of the Queensland state government’s Affordable Energy Plan, customers from the Sunshine State will be eligible to receive a rebate on the purchase of a new appliance with a four star energy rating or higher.

You have until 3rd June 2018 to purchase a 4 star energy rating or higher air conditioner, refrigerator or washing machine to be eligible for the rebate.
Customers can save up to $50 a year by using an energy efficient refrigerator or washing machine. An energy efficient air conditioner could save up to $100 a year.
Rebates available

Rebates will apply to purchases from 1 January 2018 to 3 June 2018 (inclusive) for the following household appliances:

• $200 for a 4 star or higher energy rated washing machine
• $250 for a 4 star or higher energy rated refrigerator
• $300 for a 4 star or higher energy rated air conditioner.

Limited to one (1) rebate application per household.

The scheme will end when the funding is exhausted, so payment of a rebate is not guaranteed.

Eligible to Queensland residents, for purchases in a domestic application.

Queensland’s Minister for Energy, Dr Anthony Lynham, says:

“In Queensland, appliances such as air conditioners, fridges and washing machines can account for nearly half of a household’s energy use.”
If your system is on it’s last legs this is the time to invest in a new one.”

Find out more: https://www.qld.gov.au/community/cost-of-living-support/about-energy-efficient-rebate

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