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.

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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 constructed 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, it’s 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 your air conditioner is clean and not blowing mould or bacterial contamination back into the room for your baby to breathe in?


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 contaminants 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 68 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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Air Conditioning Cleaning & Asthma

Air Conditioning Cleaning and Asthma 

Respiratory conditions, like asthma, impair the normal functioning of the human airways. The airways include the lungs and the air passages that are responsible for transferring air from the nose and mouth to the lungs. These conditions can be acute (short term) or even chronic (long-lasting). They cause problems in breathing and lead to ill health. In severe cases, they can lead to disability or even death.

Air conditioning and asthma: Making the connection

Although there are many asthma triggers (things that can cause an asthmatic attack), the most common triggers are air impurities. While there is not much that can be done about the outdoor air, the quality of indoor is a totally different matter.

Poor indoor air quality

Poorly maintained air condition units provide poor indoor air that is not sanitised. This will facilitate the growth of mould, bacteria and fungi. Also, the number of impurities in the air will increase. All these are asthmatic triggers. This means that individuals that suffer from asthma are more likely to get attacks. This is a very terrifying fact considering that most people spend about 70-90 per cent of their time indoors. Mould Free Guarantee

Clean and Sanitised air

Indoor air quality is regulated by the air conditioning system. If the AC unit is well maintained and cleaned, then your home or property will have clean and sanitised air. This means that there will be no (or very small amounts of) impurities in your indoor air. This way, you can prevent or minimise attacks that occur due to poor indoor air quality.

In order to ensure that you have the best indoor air quality, your air conditioner system needs to be well maintained and cleaned by a Professional air conditioning cleaning technician.  A professional Aircon cleaning technician knows how to properly service and clean your AC system. He/she has specialised equipment and products to ensure that your air conditioner is cleaned properly producing the healthiest air possible.

Benefits of good air conditioning maintenance and cleaning

The benefits of good air conditioning are numerous. First, your home will smell cleaner and have healthier air to breathe. This will reduce the chances of asthmatic attacks to your loved ones. Second, your family will have better general health. Also, with reduced chances of asthmatic attacks from poor indoor air quality, you will be able to save more on medical costs and your family will have less asthma-caused sick days.

It is important that parents and homeowner realize how poor indoor air quality can adversely affect family members that are prone to asthmatic attacks. They should take the necessary steps to ensure that the air in their homes is clean and sanitised.

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