What is Indoor Air Quality and Its Impact on Health

Indoor Air Quality or IAQ refers to the air quality within and around homes and buildings. Indoor Air Quality relates specifically to building occupants’ health, comfort, and well-being, with poor Indoor Air Quality linked to different health problems. You and your family may experience the health effect of bad indoor air quality soon after exposure or years later.

The Effect of Indoor Air Quality on Your Health

Irritants and pollutants in the air have become common since the industrial revolution. In the present times, such irritants and pollutants have been decreased, thus improving air quality outdoor. However, air indoors is as important as air outdoors. If outdoor pollutants can cause several respiratory problems, indoor pollutants can do the same too.

Concentrations of pollutants are five times higher indoors, according to EPA. People who have pre-existing conditions, small children, and the elderly are at greater risk for experiencing health problems related to pollutants. These health problems include but are not limited to respiratory diseases, cancer, heart diseases, headaches, nose, eye, and throat irritation.

The Common Indoor Pollutants

One of the most common indoor pollutants is carbon monoxide. Cars are not the only ones giving off carbon monoxide, but also other things you can find inside your home. For example, a fireplace can release carbon monoxide into the air.

Another indoor pollutant is Mould. Mould can be found in places like bathrooms and your Air Conditioner, because of a high level of moisture. In addition, older homes may have paint containing lead and asbestos.

Other indoor pollutants include dust mites, bacteria, and outdoor contaminants that can travel indoors easily, like pollen.

Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality

CLEAN YOUR AIR CONDITIONER
Keeping your Air Conditioner clean is just as important as servicing your car or vacuuming your carpets! It is often overlooked yet a key component in how healthy and hygienic your Indoor Air Quality is.

Clean your filters regularly throughout the year, and book in an annual clean and sanitisation with a professional HVAC Cleaning & Sanitising Technician. Changing your filter regularly and an annual clean and sanitise will significantly reduce the number of pollutants within your home.

Maintaining your Air Conditioner regularly ensures that it is working at its optimum, reducing power costs and ensuring pollutants are removed so you and your family can Breathe Healthy Air™.

Choosing HydroKleen is choosing a professional Certified and Qualified Technician, using equipment specifically designed to clean Air Conditioners.  With No Mess, No Fuss and always On Time, National Asthma Council approved, and a peace-of-mind 100% MONEY-BACK Guarantee, you are assured you have the professionals on the job.

USE COOKING VENTS

Electric stoves or gas stoves can release unwanted particles. This can be prevented if you turn on the vent above your stove to eliminate the pollutants.

DEEP CLEAN CARPETS AND RUGS

Recently, people are switching to hardwood floors because carpets are known to hold respiratory irritants. If you have a carpet and rug at home, they should be deep cleaned on a weekly basis to ensure that majority of the unwanted particles are removed.

PLANTS AND ESSENTIAL OILS

Plants have that same effect indoors as do trees purifying the air outdoors. Real plants have decorative uses as well as the benefit of improving the air quality in the home.  Essential oils are used in air purifiers as they can help purify the air we breathe also.

Indoor air quality has a significant impact on our health, comfort, and well-being. Unfortunately, our air quality is something that most people tend to overlook. If your Indoor Air Quality is poor, you are putting yourself at risk of health issues.

There are several things you can do to prevent experiencing these health issues. By following the tips above, your indoor air quality will significantly improve.

Talk to your local HydroKleen Technician today for a comprehensive review of your Air Conditioning Cleaning & Sanitisation needs.

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Air Conditioning and Your Furry Friends

There’s nothing like the unconditional love of a pet. The wagging tail of your dog as you arrive home, or the brief acknowledgement from your cat when serving the dinner. They bring lots of joy to many homes. But, they also tend to shed a lot more hair than their owners, which isn’t great for your air conditioner.

If you’ve got a furry friend at home, try these tips to keep the air of your home clean and healthy, and your air conditioner running efficiently.

  1. Regularly clean your floors and other surfaces. When there’s dog hair fluff-balls rolling by as you watch tv, it’s definitely time to vacuum the house. By keeping this obvious pet hair under control, there’s less in the environment to cause allergies and irritations. There’s also less hair and dust to get sucked into the air conditioner filter, keeping it cleaner for longer.
  1. Some dogs like to mark their territory on everything! If your dog takes an interest in the outdoor air conditioning unit, we recommend creating a barrier around the unit. Dog urine can be quite corrosive on the fins of the unit, and damage to these will result in decreased energy efficiency. If pet urine gets on the condenser coil, that can also create significant damage over time, as the ammonia of the urine reacts with the copper coil.
  1. Change and clean your air conditioner filters more regularly than a pet-free home. Despite keeping a clean house, the additional hair, dust and dirt is likely to end up on the filter. This additional contamination on the filter makes your air conditioner work harder, costing you money. Plus, this microbial contamination can then be spread by the air conditioner, potentially resulting in allergy-type symptoms, like sniffling, sneezing and sinus issues.

air conditioner filter

When it comes to cleaning and maintaining your air conditioners, a professional HydroKleen clean and sanitise is the best way to keep your air conditioner cleaner for longer; saving electricity and saving you money. Your pets will love spending the day in efficient, air conditioned comfort after a HydroKleen service!

Air Conditioning Myths, Misconceptions and Money Wasters

A quick internet search will give you millions of ideas about how to most effectively use your air conditioner. Unfortunately, there’s many myths shared too, which could mean trouble for your air conditioner, or your wallet!

Here’s some of the latest myths and misconceptions we’ve seen:

  1. The bigger the better.

When it comes to air conditioners, it’s better to get the right size for your room/s than to simply get the highest powered, largest unit you can afford. An oversized air conditioner has higher upfront costs, plus running costs will add up, especially when the machine continues to turn off and back on, as it reaches the desired temperature. An oversized air conditioner is also much less effective at dehumidifying the air to remove the sticky humidity feeling.

  1. Using an air conditioner will give you a cold or flu.

Although an air conditioner won’t directly give you a cold or a flu virus, a dirty air conditioner can give you similar symptoms and make you sick. This is because the microbial contamination goes through the dirty filter, into the air you breathe. Sore throats, stuffy noses and runny eyes can all be related to a dirty air conditioner.

  1. It’s best to turn off the air conditioner if you’re leaving the house.

It’s generally best to leave the air conditioner on when you’re leaving the house for a few hours, assuming you needed it on in the first place. The amount of energy required to cool down (or warm up) a home again, is significantly more than keeping it at the desired temperature. Longer periods of time may require using a programable thermostat. While you’re not at home, the temperature can be set for a higher (or lower, for heating) than you might normally use, which then adjusts to your desired temperature before you return.

  1. You only need to clean the filter.

To reduce the microbial contamination, and excess energy costs from running a dirty and dusty air conditioner, a regular clean and sanitise is essential. This includes the filter as well as the fans, coils and drains.  A HydroKleen air conditioner clean will help you to save on your power bill, reduce microbial contamination, plus it’ll help you machine to last longer!

Our Trained and Certified Technicians, under ACWWA, will step you through the entire clean process, and use equipment that is specifically designed to clean Air Conditioners, bringing your unit back to ‘As New’ condition.  We pride ourselves on the HydroKleen DIFFERENCE – No Mess, No Fuss, On Time!, and our ongoing partnership with the National Asthma Council’s Sensitive Choice Program.  All backed by HydroKleen’s 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Your local HydroKleen technician is the expert in your air conditioning cleaning needs. Get in touch with our friendly team today to book your next clean!

Air Conditioner – Signs Yours Needs Cleaning

The summer season is often the time when air conditioners find themselves having problems because that is when cooling units are used the most often. In fact, you may have your air conditioner running practically all day and all night on the most sweltering days of the season.

You will know right away that your air conditioner is not working efficiently if suddenly you find yourself sweating profusely when you felt cool and relaxed only a short time before. There are some sure signs you can look for to know that your AC unit needs help. Knowing these will help you seek professional cleaning before a problem gets out of hand.

The Signs You Need AC Cleaning

The truth is, there are times you will need help with your AC unit. Some of these times are fairly obvious. For instance, if you turn on your unit and it does not cool, you know that you need the help of a professional AC cleaning company. After all, it should run and cool when you turn it on. This is typically an emergency situation that requires immediate action, or you will not have a working unit. However, other times are not so obvious.

One of the first signs you will notice when it is time for your air conditioner to be cleaned is a lack of efficiency. However, you will have to pay attention to notice this because it’s not always as obvious as you might think. If you notice that your AC unit is not running normal when the temperature outside has not changed, it might be time to give your technician a call. Similarly, if it is running a lot and not making much of a difference in your home’s temperature, you should call.

If you are unsure about the efficiency of your unit, you can experiment. Turn it down past where you normally feel comfortable and let it run for a little while. If you start to feel cool and then the unit shuts off, your unit is probably working well. If it runs continuously, but you do not feel the change of temperature, your AC unit is not running efficiently.

Noises are another sign that your air conditioner needs help with. Squeals, clunks, and other noises you don’t normally hear are other signs that your AC unit has a problem. They may not put your family’s safety at risk. Still, these sounds indicate something is going wrong inside the unit, and you should get it cleaned as soon as possible.

Finally, pay attention to how well the unit cools your entire home. If some areas are not getting cool, but others are, you may want your system checked. There could be dust, particles, and microbes blocking in your AC unit that reduces its efficiency.

Need Assistance with your Air Conditioners?

Asking a professional’s opinion is key.  All HydroKleen technicians test and check each unit prior to cleaning, and if it doesn’t need a clean, they will tell you.  They will step you through the entire HydroKleen process before they get started.

HydroKleen is the world leader in the cleaning and sanitisation of air conditioning units. In fact, we invented the Wet Wash system and have been helping customers all over the world Breathe Healthy Air™ for over 10 years.

Call 1300 608 318 today to book in a professionally trained HydroKleen Technician!

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