Sanitair Enhanced Corrosion Protection

Beachside Holiday Apartments are improving their appearance!

Port Macquarie is an attractive holiday destination with a colourful history, abundant ocean and river fishing, ocean beaches with exceptional surfing spots, spectacular nature reserves and hiking trails. There are many activities to entertain the entire family.

Based at Flynn’s Beach, Port Macquarie is Beachside holiday apartments. Their spacious self-catering apartments come with all equipment and furnishings to make your holiday an unforgettable one. They offer a ‘home away from home’ experience with plenty of room for the whole family, home-cooked meals and stunning ocean views from your very own patio.

Sanitair’s local Port Macquarie/Taree technician, David Levy is currently treating the corrosion on the outdoor condenser units at Beachside Holiday Apartments. This service is known as the Sanitair Enhanced Corrosion Protection Service.

Condenser units remain outside and therefore are constantly exposed to the environment. The Sanitair ECP service has many benefits, which include: extended life of the equipment, improved visual appearance for customers, saving money in the long haul as it protects the unit from further corrosion.

If you have noticed rust corrosion on your outdoor systems, ask your local Sanitair technician about our Enhanced Corrosion Protection Service. Call 1800 130 168 or visit www.sanitair.com.au

 

Before and after a Sanitair Enhanced Corrosion Protection Service

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Sanitair donates

Sanitair donates funds to Cystic Fibrosis Australia’s research for a cure!  

May was National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. Across the country, thousands of volunteers came together to raise awareness about this devastating disease and share their story of hope and progress.

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a relatively common inherited disease in which from infancy there are recurrent chest infections causing lung damage, intestinal malabsorption leading to severe malnutrition and growth failure, and there is an excess of salt in the sweat. Untreated, the condition is usually fatal in infancy or early childhood. With treatment, the average life expectancy of people who live to adulthood is about 37 years and this is increasing. (Credit: Cystic Fibrosis Australia)

 

Facts about Cystic Fibrosis

  • There is currently no cure
  • In Australia, one in 2,500 babies are born with CF, that’s one every four days
  • There are over a Million carriers of CF in Australia
  • Since 1986, all newborns have been subject to a heel prick test for diagnosis
  • People with CF are not encouraged to socialise with each other. The risk of cross-infection and exacerbation of lung conditions is too great. CF can be a lonely existence.

 

Sanitair donates to Cystic Fibrosis Australia

For the month of May, a number of local Sanitair technicians donated a percentage of every Premium Split System Service they carried out. The funds go toward Cystic Fibrosis Australia’s 65 Roses national fundraising campaign to be used as research for a cure.

Sanitair Australia CEO, Craig Jefferies presents Justine Foulkes on behalf of Cystic Fibrosis Australia with a cheque for $1079.00.

This donation was made possible with thanks to Todd and Mel Kelly, Sanitair Townsville and the fundraising efforts of their fellow Sanitair licensees;

Todd Kelly – Sanitair Townsville

Sanitair Northern Rivers

Trent Barnett – Sanitair Central Coast

Sanitair Gold Coast South

David Chen – Sanitair Chatswood

David McGlashan – Sanitair Adelaide Central & South

Sanitair Brisbane Central

Jim Collins – Sanitair Tweed Heads

Philip Tiedemann – Sanitair Fraser Coast

Robert Green – Sanitair Tasmania South

John Fleay – Sanitair Sunshine Coast

David Levy – Sanitair Port Macquarie/ Taree

Joe McGrail-Bateup – Sanitair Canberra

Sanitair Bathurst/Orange


Company details: Since 2005, Sanitair Australia has been Cleaning and Sanitising all brands and types of air conditioning systems, specialising in Split System Air Conditioning which includes Hi wall, 4 Way, Under Ceiling and Floor Cassettes. Sanitair also provides specialist maintenance for both Domestic and Commercial Ducted air conditioning systems. Sanitair technicians are located in every state and territory of Australia.

Contact Details: 1800 130 168

Location: Australia wide | Head office: Tweed Heads, NSW 2486

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smelly air conditioning

What causes smelly air conditioning?

“There’s a really bad smell coming from my air conditioner, what is it from?” This is a question we hear from our customers on a regular basis.

Smelly air conditioning units can be caused by mould and mildew that accumulate from condensation on the air conditioner coils, or a clogged drain pan or a leak in the system. Animals such as rodents, bugs, spiders and geckos also tend to creep into the unit and eventually die, giving off a ‘foul’ smell.

Contaminated air conditioning units can become a breeding ground for mould, mildew, and other sources of biological contaminants. Circulating these contaminants through the home or office can result in various symptoms affecting your family, friends, staff and customers.

 

These include:

  • Fatigue
  • Sore scratchy throat
  • Asthma symptoms or attacks
  • Allergies and Hay Fever
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Battling to breath with tightness of the chest
  • Frequent colds, flu or flu-like symptoms

 

Signs that you may have mould/mildew growing inside your system:

To check if you have mould growing in your air conditioner you will need to examine your unit/ducts. An accurate and thorough examination can be difficult and this is why it’s ideal for you to have a qualified Technician inspect your air conditioning unit to examine areas that you can’t, using special equipment designed for the job.

 

Signs that you may have a dead animal in your smelly air conditioning unit:

  • The smell is stronger the closer you get to the vents
  • You’ve heard moving pests prior to the smell
  • You find pest droppings, hair, etc. in the unit

If you have a smelly air conditioning unit, then it’s time to find and clear the source of the bad odour. Contact Sanitair on 1800 130 168.

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insurance

Does your insurance company cover negligence?

What Is The Insurance Definition Of Negligence?

“Negligence is a failure to act in a way that a reasonable person would when faced with the same situation/circumstance. In insurance, the policy holder might be negligent, or it might be another party.” ~ The balance

If you enquire whether an insurance company covers fire/flood and escaping water in homes, it’s safe to say that they will. If we start asking them if they cover negligence, it’s difficult to get a direct ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer. According to insurance companies (including Youi and Allianz), negligence is seen as a case-by-case assessment, so the homeowner should always do whatever seems reasonable to protect the property and that of others.

 

An example of Insurers not willing to pay for negligence

insuranceHere is a scenario where insurance companies refuse to pay for negligence…

If there is a nasty smell coming from your bedroom wall due to water damage which has caused mould and bacteria from a leaky air conditioning unit, the insurance company will deny the claim because insurance isn’t intended to repair maintenance issues.

The gradual damage caused by the water, including the mould, is not covered. You will then end up spending a lot of money to repair the problem as the insurance company took the position that it was negligence as a homeowner that resulted in the damage – you didn’t maintain the property. Furthermore, the insurer may warn the homeowner that they have to repair the damage or they will cancel the policy!

 

How to avoid ‘negligence’

Luckily, negligence can be easily avoided. With the scary reality that as homeowners you have the full responsibility of doing general maintenance to your home regularly, this includes asking tenants to inform you if anything within the property needs fixing/extinguishing/cleaning etc which leaves insurance companies with no reason to refuse a claim.

If you own an air con unit/s regular maintenance includes servicing your air conditioning unit every 12 months or sooner. Speak to a professional cleaning company, such as Sanitair Australia to have a look at your aircon. An aircon service could help avoid future problems, such as:

  • insuranceLeaking unit
  • Noisy unit
  • A smelly unit due to bacteria, mould, insects etc
  • Higher electricity bill as the air conditioner has to work harder to cool the air
  • Unit replacement earlier than expected

 

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Can dirty air conditioning units cause fires?

Dirty and Contaminated air conditioners can cause air conditioning units to catch alight. Fire is highly dangerous as it puts lives at risk and creates serious damage.

According to 7 news, recently “a man had burns to his feet after rescuing his children from the second storey of a flaming Melbourne house. The father-of-three ran upstairs to fetch two of his children from the fire that started when a rooftop air-conditioner caught alight. The blaze started at about 3.30am on Thursday, 16 March and was contained to the upper level of the home. The damage caused by the faulty aircon unit is estimated at $100,000.”

 

Monitor the use and condition of units

In colder cities after winter has passed, water pumps can corrode and seize up when you use them causing a rapid fire. In restaurants, bakeries, large office blocks, malls and other ducted air conditioning spaces, if a fire breaks out, the fan is pushing that fire down through the ducts into every room, causing it to spread very quickly.

Another way that aircon’s can cause blazing fires is from leaking air handlers. These cause nearby electrical equipment to short circuit. If electrical equipment is located underneath aircon’s, condensation can drip on it. This causes it to short circuit and creates sparks that can easily ignite nearby materials. Unmaintained drain lines can also be a hazard when they become clogged and drainage pans overflow damaging property.

 

How to reduce fire hazard

  • Clean/change your filters: reduce the risk of dust builds up, smelling units, fire etc. Clean/change air con filters regularly.
  • Examine electric-powered equipment: Regularly inspect air conditioning cords for cracks, loose connections, or broken plugs, and replace any damaged equipment.
  • Reduce dust: Cleaning air ducts is the easiest, most effective way to remove dust build up. It also prevents potential hazards from forming. Be aware, that improperly cleaned air ducts may actually cause more loose dust to circulate, creating more of a hazard.
  • Maintain your AC units: All mechanical and electrical equipment needs regular proper maintenance. Have your AC system maintained by a professional at least once a year or sooner. This depends on the level of contamination from dust, mould, bacteria, insects and rodents.
  • Monitor exterior unit: Make sure that leaves, dirt, debris and insects haven’t clogged your exterior unit.

 

Reduce the risk of fire caused by hazardous air con units. Free Call us on 1800 130 168 and chat to your local Sanitair technician who will ensure your air con is left smelling good and functioning well.

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