Exclusively Approved

HydroKleen Australia is Exclusively Approved by the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice Program for the cleaning and sanitizing of Air conditioner units.  As of the 1st of January 2016 HydroKleen Australia is proud to announce that it has now gained exclusivity as a part of this program.  This was no easy feat as we had to clearly demonstrate all of the processes and cleaning agents that we use in order to get the tick from the product advisory panel.

Asthma Foundation

The Product Advisory Panel

Written applications for approval of products and services are considered by an independent (and voluntary) Product Advisory Panel.

Panel membership includes: a respiratory physician, a clinical and academic allergist, an industrial chemist, a general practitioner, a pharmacist and an engineer.

In simple terms, the Panel will assess: •

the likelihood that a product or service may cause harm •

whether the product offers potential benefits to people with asthma or allergies.

In evaluating an application, the Panel considers: •

credible evidence, particularly independently conducted testing •

ingredients for all products containing chemicals •

product samples •  compliance with all relevant Australian or New Zealand laws, regulations and applicable standards •

peer-reviewed research.

 

 

Mushrooms in SEQ Restaurant AirCon!

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We do come across some horrific sights within air conditioners and we are pleased that the message is getting around that while it may be clean on the outside its what’s inside that can be making you and your family sick

Check out these images from a SEQ restaurant aircon. Thankfully they did something about it to make sure that their guests are now breathing healthy air. Might be worth a quick look up a the air conditioners at your local restaurant to see what is blowing across your next meal.

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Reduce Seasonal Asthma and Allergy Triggers

Asthma Triggers

With warmer weather just around the corner, now’s the time to think about spring cleaning. If you are one of the two million Australians with asthma, this is an especially important time of the year.

Over the winter months dust, dirt and allergens such as mould can build up in your home, triggering allergy symptoms and asthma in susceptible people.

Adam Trumble, Partnerships Manager at the National Asthma Council, says that an effective way to manage this is by spring cleaning, which will reduce triggers in the home.

“People with asthma can benefit from a spring clean more than most. A thorough once-over of your home helps control both indoor and seasonal allergens,” says Adam.

With more than eight in 10 people suffering from asthma also being affected by allergies, a clean and healthy environment is an important part of reducing asthma and allergy triggers.

“You won’t completely eliminate allergens, but there are many ways to reduce exposure for you and your family.”

Adam said that those with asthma and allergies also needed to consider their cleaning products, technique and ventilation to ensure that any spring cleaning doesn’t contribute to their asthma and allergy symptoms.

“You don’t want to just move dust around and send allergens and irritating cleaning chemicals into the air – this could have an adverse effect.

“There are many ways to help eliminate allergens in the home this spring. Use a damp cloth to dust hard surfaces; change or clean filters in vacuums, air-conditioners and air purifiers; vacuum drapes and upholstery; and importantly, remove mould.”

Here are Adam’s top tips for spring cleaning to help keep your allergies and asthma under control:

Get rid of old clutter. Clearing out your old belongings reduces dust significantly. Store everything in closets and drawers to minimise dust collection.

Dust forgotten surfaces. Over the winter months, dust will have collected on windows, blinds, curtain rails and skirting boards. Use a damp cloth to clean these areas and then rinse it out well. Don’t fluff the dust up into the air by using a feather duster though; this just distributes dust around the home.

Vacuum thoroughly. If possible, ask someone else to do the vacuuming, as this increases allergens in the air for up to 20 minutes. Use a quality vacuum cleaner that removes particulate matter (these often have HEPA filters).

Remove dust mites from bedding. Ensure that bedding, sheets, pillow-cases and quilts are washed (at greater than 55°C) at least once every two weeks. Encasing the mattress and pillows in protectors will stop the transfer of dust mites.

Clean drapes and upholstery. Because allergens cling to soft surfaces, it’s essential to wash, dry-clean or vacuum drapes, as well as vacuum sofas and chairs to remove lingering allergens, and wash or dry-clean throw rugs. Vertical blinds or roller shades are less likely to accumulate dust than drapes.

Change or clean old filters in air-conditioners, vacuums and air purifiers. Keep the air coming into your house clean and fresh.

Clean up after pets. If you have a pet who has spent a long winter indoors, vacuum your pet’s sleeping quarters well. Wash the pet’s bedding frequently.

Remove mould. Mould is a significant and sometimes overlooked trigger of asthma. After removing mould, take steps to prevent it coming back such as sealing bathroom leaks and treating rising damp as soon as it’s detected.

Allergen avoidance doesn’t cure asthma, but by reducing your exposure to allergen triggers you may improve your asthma control and help make symptoms easier to manage.

For more information on asthma and allergy sensitive products, and tips on removing allergens around the home, visit the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice website: sensitivechoice.com.au.

The Sensitive Choice program helps educate Australians about managing their asthma and allergy triggers and also encourages companies to recognise the health concerns of people with asthma or allergies. Some manufacturers have even been inspired to develop specific new products, such as carpets, for this community.

Spring Pollen Alert

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Forecast high pollen levels in the air this spring in some states could leave up to seven million Australians who suffer from allergy (including hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and conjunctivitis) struggling with sneezing, watery eyes, a running nose and an itchy throat.

With the first week of spring marking National Asthma Week (September 1 – 7), the National Asthma Council Australia says that the Week is a timely reminder for people with asthma or allergies to take extra care.

Pollens from grasses, weeds or trees can trigger allergies like asthma and hay fever, causing a variety of symptoms to flare up.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, this past autumn was wetter than normal and this winter has seen drier-than-average conditions. That makes the coming pollen season a mixed bag across Australia.  An El Nino forecast for 2015-2016 could shorten the pollen season in some parts of Australia but elsewhere allergy sufferers may be in for a tough few months ahead.

According to Associate Professor Ed Newbigin from the University or Melbourne and coordinator of the Melbourne pollen count, the start of the hay fever season varies according to location and from one year to another.

“Typically European trees like birch and elm pollinate at the end of winter and beginning of spring and grasses start pollinating a month or two later.  But with climate change causing milder winters in southern Australia and wet season changes in the north we expect to see differences in when plants flower as well as where plants grow.

“This year we are expecting bad hay fever seasons for Canberra and Sydney but allergy sufferers in Melbourne should have an easier time of it.”

As well as affecting the length and duration of the pollen season, climate change has the potential to impact people with asthma and allergies by causing more extreme weather events like thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms can trigger asthma flare-ups as stormy winds and moisture can cause the pollen to rupture into smaller particles, which can be inhaled deeper into the lungs.  The situation is exacerbated when grass pollen levels are high just before a thunderstorm.

National Asthma Council Australia Spokesperson, Associate Professor Sheryl van Nunen, from the Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, said that the best way to manage an allergy is to avoid triggers.

“The best way to treat allergy and asthma is to prevent it occurring. Have your lungs checked by your GP to make sure you’re as healthy as possible, and let them know if you think pollen, thunderstorms or weather changes affect your asthma.

“Use your preventer medication every day, if prescribed, even when you are feeling well, and ensure you have an up-to-date written asthma action plan from your GP so you know what to do if your asthma flares up.

“Apart from the misery caused, be aware that the worse your hay fever is, the worse your asthma will be and the more likely you are to need hospitalisation for asthma.

“Moreover, house dust mite is more prevalent at the change of seasons and many people spring clean, so the 74% of Australian hay fever sufferers who are house dust mite allergic will have their house dust mite allergy aggravated then too.”

Melbourne and Canberra now have their own pollen monitoring services operating from 1st October – to 31st December (melbournepollen.com.au andcanberrapollen.com.au), while Sydney pollen monitoring starts on 1st September 2015 (sydneypollen.com.au).  Other Australian cities are set to have a similar service established soon.

Allergen avoidance doesn’t cure asthma, but by reducing your exposure to allergen triggers you may improve your asthma control and help make symptoms easier to manage.

Top tips to reduce pollen exposure from National Asthma Council Australia

  • Try to stay indoors during and after thunderstorms.
  • Keep car windows closed and use recirculated air when pollen levels are high. Car air filters will also help.
  • Consider planting a low allergen garden around the home.
  • Check plants in your garden for those that could be aggravating asthma/allergies.
  • Wear glasses to keep pollen out of your eyes.
  • Avoid mowing lawns or wear a mask if it is unavoidable.
  • For more information and tips visit the National Asthma Council Australia website: nationalasthma.org.au

Media release from; National Asthma Council Australia, All rights reserved. 

Who do YOU use to service and clean your air conditioners?

Who are you getting to service and clean YOUR air conditioners? Professionals like HydroKleen Australia or untrained ‘backyarders’?

Who is cleaning YOUR air con?

Who is cleaning YOUR air con?

Of course you could always try to do it yourself! 🙂

Clean your own air con

Why not clean your own air con?