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Private Hospital with Lots of Extras!

Do you think hospital air conditioning should be hygienic?

Recently one of our directors was admitted to one of the best private hospitals in the country with a respiratory / lung infection. To his complete disgust, whilst being transferred from the emergency department to the ward, he could not believe his eyes looking up at the ceiling and noticing the severely contaminated air conditioning system.

This is not acceptable in any hospital, let alone a private one.

Just another prime example, where the owners and managers of facilities are under the impression that their air conditioning HVAC Hygiene is being addressed under their current maintenance contract. It is time for owners and managers to take responsibility for the hygiene of their air conditioning systems.  Especially in a facility such as a hospital, where patients are often admitted with weakened immune systems and vulnerable to airborne contaminants.

How is it possible for hospital staff/management not to acknowledge the high levels of contamination clearly visible in this video, without addressing the issue immediately.

This clear level of contamination exposes staff, patients and hospital visitors to possible harmful airborne contaminants which can include Dirt, Dust, Human DNA, Bacteria and Toxic Mould.

The owners and managers of all facilities have a duty of care under the Australian indoor air quality standard to provide clean uncontaminated air which is clearly being ignored all over the country, including in our best hospitals.

Air Conditioning Systems that are not professionally cleaned and sanitised overtime will collect a build up of contamination filtered from the indoor air.  Contaminants include biofilms, toxic mould, dirt, dust, Human DNA, bacteria and more. These contaminants are then blown back into the indoor air and become airborne and ready to enter unsuspecting (patients, staff or visitors) hosts. Sanitair have been completing HVAC Hygiene remediation since 2005 and some of our worst air conditioners are located in health facilities.

Maintenance of a health care facility HVAC System differs from almost all other types of buildings. The biological flora that are endemic to all health premises pose a risk to both patients, staff and visitors. The design and maintenance of the building play key roles in controlling both the proliferation and dissemination of harmful Maintenance standards for critical areas in health facilities. The best-designed health care facility will cease to function to the design intent if the building is not maintained to the original specifications.

Supply air and exhaust systems have the capacity to introduce harmful organisms into the building, as well as distribute and circulate introduced and hospital-acquired organisms.

Walls, floors and ceilings must be maintained in good order with damage regularly repaired to enable proper cleaning. All types of surfaces need to be maintained in good order to ensure organisms have less places to proliferate. Biofilms and water damage pose particular risks to the sickest patients with compromised immune systems.

Time for these facilities to have a health check!

 

REF: Grove DI, Lawson PJ et al 2002, ‘An outbreak of Legionella longbeachae infection in an intensive care unit?’ Journal of Hospital Infection 52:250–258.
Boyce JM 2007, ‘Environmental contamination makes an important contribution to hospital infection’, Journal of Hospital Infection 65(S2):50–54.
Lindsay D, von Holy A 2006, ‘Bacterial biofilms within the clinical setting: what healthcare professionals should know’, Journal of Hospital Infection 64:313–325.

Sanitair Australia ©

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Why Does Your Air Conditioner Smell?

Why does your Air Conditioner Smell?

This is a pretty common problem and after 15+ years of inspecting and cleaning over 100,000 air conditioners, Sanitair has identified nearly every issue that can lead to a bad smelling air conditioner.

History has shown us that the source of air conditioning odours come from one of four main categories or combination.

  1. Micro Biological
  2. Drainage
  3. Rodents & Pests
  4. Environmental

Microbiological odours are caused by bacterial growth and fungal growth such as mould. As mould grows it emits Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs). Many MVOC’S do not have a smell whilst others give off a pungent musty odour. This odour is a pretty good indicator that your air conditioner has a microbiological contamination and that means you are inhaling compounds produced by the mould and are probably also inhaling mould spores. Some of those compounds are called mycotoxins and can affect human health.

Some of the symptom that room occupants can suffer from air conditioning mould is difficulty breathing, asthma attacks, itchy eyes, sinus infections, sore throat, joint pain, bronchitis, pneumonia and migraines.

A Sanitair Premium AirCon Clean will safely remove all biological contaminants and restore your system like new, your coil is also covered by our nationwide 12 Month Mould Free Guarantee.  Sanitair have trained technicians located in every state and territory of Australia and can be contacted on Free Call: 1800 130 168

Drainage part of an air conditioners normal operation is to produce condensation on the evaporator coils. On a typical indoor split system, the condensation is produced on the aluminium coils behind the filters. The condensation runs down the individual fins on the coil and is captured in the condensate pan which is generally connected to the condensate drain line to keep the pan drained. Many systems are free-flowing and this can be seen by an open pipe that drips externally and is often located close to the outdoor unit.

This method is not best practice as the constant moisture can attract the interest of termites. Best practice ensures that condensate lines are plumbed into stormwater or suitable drains. Unfortunately, air conditioning units can sometimes draw odours from external sources such as a blocked or contaminated stormwater line. We once had a customer that had a horrible smell in their home to find after inspection her husband had plumbed their air conditioning condensate line into the sewerage line.

Blocked and poorly draining condensate pans can accumulate bio films, toxic slime and sludge that can also omit unpleasant odours. A Sanitair premium clean on your air conditioner will also ensure that your condensate pan and drain is clean and free flowing.

Rodents and Pests these odours are pretty offensive and easily identified. Smells like something has crawled into the air conditioning system and died. Mice, Rats, Geckos, Bats, Snakes we have seen it all over the years. Gaining access from inside the wall cavity or from poorly sealed pipework, small animals often become trapped and sometimes electrocuted leading to their demise and that lingering smell. The good thing is generally the smell will disappear after a few days as the animal decomposes. If the smell is really offensive you could contact your local qualified refrigeration mechanic who is licenced to safely dismantle your unit and physically remove the offender.

Environmental factors such as having an air conditioner located close by or in a kitchen will always experience odour issues from time to time depending on what’s on the menu. Running air conditioners close to kitchens is not recommended. Evaporators are basically bi efficient filters and do a good job of removing grease and other bulk contaminants. Add moisture and cooking smells and you get a perfect smelly compound that lingers every time your system is operated.

If you burn incense, candles or use essential oils in a diffuser these can all add to a pungent smell over time that can be difficult to remove. Massage therapy rooms often experience these funky smells which are a bi-product of an oil that once smelt non-offensive before being burnt or heated.

Other external and environmental factors can be things like rising damp issues in walls and carpets which can be drawn in a recirculated by your air conditioning unit contaminating it and falsely getting it accused for the odour.

Hopefully, this article will assist you in locating the source of your air conditioning smell and lead to a better smelling and healthier air conditioner.

© Craig Jefferies 2019 Sanitair Australia

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Sanitair Official Supplier Lendlease

Sanitair announces it is an official supplier for Lendlease!

Sanitair are pleased to announce they are an official supplier for Lendlease Rewards program which is designed for all residents and staff of Lendlease Retirement Living Villages across Australia.

If you are a Lendlease Member please freecall 1800 130 168 to speak with your local technician and simply show your membership card for great pricing on your Air Conditioning cleaning service.

Sanitair Offer for Lendlease Members:

  • Sanitair HVAC Hygienists
  • Member simply presents membership card to redeem offer

A Premium Air conditioner clean and sanitise will:

  • Improve Indoor Air Quality
  • Reduce Energy Costs by up to 28%
  • Remove mould and bacterial contamination
  • Ensure 12 months mould free – guaranteed
  • Extend the life of your air conditioner
  • Asthma & Allergy Friendly
  • Reduce Offensive Odours
  • Reduce Leaking Air Conditioners

 

Sanitair HVAC Hygienist are police cleared, hold working with vulnerable cards and have public liability.  Since 2005 Sanitair have been ensuring clean healthy air in Australia.

Freecall 1800 130 168 to locate your local Sanitair Air conditioning Cleaning technician.

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Can Your AirCon Handle the Heat?

Australians love to take advantage of the great outdoors.  Due to the extreme temperatures felt across Australia over the last few weeks, many families are just as content to enjoy their holidays at home, away from the outdoor heat.  Taking the time to relax and enjoy some quality moments with the kids before the school holiday break ends.

Emergency warnings have been issued, as an Australia wide heatwave pushes temperatures into the mid-40s across Australia.  Some of the temperatures have been unbearable:

  •  Marble Bar (Western Australia) has had 40 degrees days for over 24 days straight. They also have the long-held record of consistently being the hottest town in Australia!
  • Adelaide has experienced over 35 degrees.
  • Albury-Wodonga over 45 degrees
  • Canberra over 40 degrees
  • Several areas across western NSW are expecting temperatures above 45C beginning early in the week and continuing all the way through to the weekend.

 

When was the last time you had your air conditioner cleaned?

Air conditioners are working overtime during this heat and if not cleaned of airbourne contaminates, it could be costing you a lot more to keep you cool.   The indoor air conditioner coils and the internal components, over time, get a build up of airbourne particles that the air conditioner has filtered from the indoor air.

A dirty aircon puts more strain on airflow and efficiency, which increases the running cost of the system.  A professionally clean and sanitise of your air conditioner will avoid a higher than necessary electricity bill.  Keep cool during this summer heat! Consider doing something about it now and ensure that your aircon is running at its maximum efficiency.

Sanitair Premium Air Con Clean can restore the health of your system and improve indoor air quality.  Sanitair Premium HVAC Hygiene clean ensures that you and your loved ones are breathing healthy air, guaranteed for 12 months.

Take shelter indoors from the extreme temperatures without a worry!

FREECALL 1800 130 168 to book a clean today.

 

Sourced: https://www.9news.com.au/2019/01/15/05/42/weather-australia-heatwave-high-temperatures-to-continue

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/wtf/life-in-marble-bar-the-hottest-town-in-australia-where-40c-is-a-mild-day/news-story/3b68b8cfd612148b7169f19c7d84a8d2

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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 affected 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 the health of your system 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.

FreeCall 1800 130 168

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