Signs mould is affecting your health

A great article here about the dangers of mould in the home & how to remedy it by 9Honey featuring some very insightful words by none other than friend of Ausclimate & industry-expert, Nicole Bijlsma!

Have a read & for all of your Dehumidifier & Air Purifier needs, take a look at our website at http://www.ausclimate.com.au or give us a call. Always here to help!

Full credit for the article to 9Honey & 9Honey News

Cheers!

Russell Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder
visit the website: http://www.ausclimate.com.au/

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Signs mould is affecting your health
by 9Honey

Most people realise they’re battling mould when a musty smell takes over a room, or when a pair of leather heels comes out of the back of the wardrobe with telltale fuzzy white spots. Me? I got seriously ill long before I realised exactly what it was we were battling.

It started with night-time wheezing which quickly turned into recurring chest infections which rendered me useless week after week. Unexplained headaches, constant lethargy and sleep disturbances followed, as did irregularities with my menstrual cycle, an inability to concentrate and daily bouts of crying. As mould remediators tore my bedroom apart trying to find the source of the musty smell I’d noticed in our bedroom (they found it all along the undersides of my drawers, wardrobe and bed), I became hospitalised with pneumonia.

The cause? Mould, mould, mould.

Mould is a common household hazard, and one that can affect your health. Image: Getty

Most people don’t react so strongly to mould, in fact some mould isn’t a problem at all. A naturally occurring species of fungi that is known to live in almost any environment, on their own in small amounts, mould is usually perfectly safe. But introduce its spores (microscopic particles the mould uses to reproduce) to a source of humidity such as a few wet towels left on the back of a door, or a damp wall and the mould will use everything in its path as fuel (particularly natural fibres and MDF-base furniture) until it grows into what could be a major health hazard.

It might sound far-fetched, but mould issues are far more common than we realise, says building biologist, Nicole Bijlsma of Building Biology. “In Australia, one in three homes are affected by water damage and damp which lays down the perfect conditions for mould to grow,” she says, explaining that parts of Sydney and the Central Coast are some of the most badly affected areas since the region experiences high humidity, but cool enough temperatures that air conditioners aren’t run 365 days a year.

“If left unchecked, a mould clean-up operation can cost tens of thousands so the most important thing you can do is to stay vigilant about keeping living areas dry and clean so that the mould doesn’t have an opportunity to take hold.”

Keeping your home mould-free

Damp might be a problem nation-wide, but mould requires humidity levels that sit over 70 per cent before it starts to act out so to that end, homes that are more likely to be affected include those that are located waterside or in flood zones, or those who have roofing, plumbing or ventilation issues. It’s not just location that’s the problem, but poor lifestyle habits, says Mould Rescue mould remediator, Penny Tralau. “Often we see problems in homes where the residents insist on having long, hot showers without using adequate ventilation, and also those who habitually dry clothes on racks indoors,” she says.

Changing said habits is essential, and Tralau recommends ensuring rooms are properly ventilated every day and that clothes and shoes are bone-dry before storing them in drawers and wardrobes. “The last thing you want is damp running shoes sitting at the bottom of your dark, warm cupboard,” she warns.  Dry wet towels (and any other clothing) outside rather than leaving them to hang on the back of the door or on a rail (unless the rail is heated), ensure steam is exhausted from the bathroom while showering or bathing, and vacuum rather than sweep. “Dust is like fast food to mould and sweeping just kicks up dust and makes it airborne,” Tralau says.

To help prevent mould, you should vacuum instead of sweeping.

Investing in a dehumidifier is essential, adds Bijlsma, who says that mould spores begin to germinate once humidity in the home passes the 70% mark. “To ensure the humidity never reaches the ‘danger zone’, set your dehumidifier on a thermostat so that it turns on automatically as soon as humidity in your home hits 65%,” she says.

Removing mould

If you’ve noticed a musty smell or mouldy spots on various items, or if you’ve begun to experience new and unexplained allergies or illness (people with immune system disorders are often affected physically long before they see or smell any mould), it’s time to investigate. To begin with, Tralau recommends pulling furniture away from their resting spots and inspecting the backs and undersides thoroughly with a torch (it’s recommended those with respiratory sensitivities delegate the cleaning to someone else).

If you find mould, isolate the items that have been affected so that disturbed spores can’t travel and settle on other items nearby, and clean them with soapy water before placing them in direct sunlight, recommends Tralau who explains vinegar solutions and bleach can work on non-porous but aren’t much chop on porous surfaces. If mould has infiltrated items and begun to compromise the makeup of the item, it will have to be thrown out, but items with surface mould only can often be saved, says Bijlsma.

If the mould problem is larger than you initially thought, continues after your initial  clean-up, or you suspect it is making you ill, you may be better off calling in an accredited mould remediator.

Mould needs to be killed and removed.

“The key to understanding mould in the home is to understand the causation and it’s vital to have your home assessed by somebody that is trained to a standard,” says Tralau.

Are you being physically affected by mould?

For the majority of the population, living with mould will not cause any serious adverse affects, however for some – particularly those with compromised immune systems – it’s been known to cause the following:

  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Wheezing/asthma
  • Unexplained skin conditions
  • Unexplained headaches
  • Irritation of the eyes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Loss of concentration
  • Irregularities with menstrual cycle
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of libido
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Frequent thirst/excessive urination
  • Brain fog

Original article available at http://honey.nine.com.au/2017/05/16/09/41/signs-mould-is-affecting-your-health#PBucX2y4Y10clmw6.99

Ausclimate on Healthy Homes Australia

We were delighted to be featured in last week's episode of Channel TEN's Healthy Homes Australia. Healthy Homes are lifting the lid on the dangers of mould and household toxins with us in this episode.

In case you didn't get a chance to catch it, here it is!

For all of your Dehumidifier & Air Purifier needs, take a look at the website & if you have any questions, please give us a call.

Thanks Healthy Homes!

Russell Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder
visit the website: http://www.ausclimate.com.au/

Thank you Healthy Homes!

Ausclimate on Healthy Homes 2

A big thank you to the team at Healthy Homes Australia for featuring us in this past week's episode! Thanks to the great hosts, Walt Collins & Dani Wales pictured here with our very own Pete Higgens on set. Another big thank you goes out to Nicole Bijlsma for her very informative interview during the show on the topic of everyday allergens & toxins in the home. Cheers to everybody that tuned in, in case you missed it, you can catch it once more this coming Sunday on ONE at 10AM.

Ausclimate's all over the place at the moment!

Thanks guys!

Russell Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder
visit the website: http://www.ausclimate.com.au/

Ausclimate this week on Healthy Homes

Ausclimate on Healthy Homes

We're very proud to be featured in this week's episode of Channel TEN's Healthy Homes Australia. Healthy Homes are lifting the lid on the dangers of mould and household toxins with us in this week's episode. Friend of Ausclimate and CEO/founder of the Australian College of Environmental Studies, Nicole Bijlsma makes a very informative appearance and gives some fantastic insight on the topic. Very interesting stuff!

So make sure to tune in to Healthy Homes Australia - this Saturday the 29th of April at 12.55pm on TEN.

Thanks Healthy Homes!

Cheers,

Russell Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder
visit the website: http://www.ausclimate.com.au/

An Air Purifier Can Help My Voice?

Elisa Photo

Sometimes our customers find surprising uses for our Dehumidifier & Air Purifier products that we don't even know about. We were wowed when we received this stunning testimonial from Holistic Voice and Presentation Coach, Elisa James of Elisa James Haps VoicePro. Elisa purchased one of our Winix Air Purifiers to provide relief from her allergy & hay fever symptoms. As a professional speaker & voice coach/trainer, Elisa noted to us just how damaging respiratory disorders like asthma, allergies & hay fever can be to your overall voice quality. A quality air purifier can prove a vital tool in keeping these respiratory triggers at bay, without the side-effects of anti-histamines and asthma inhalers.

"As a voice coach, that also suffers from allergies and hayfever from Australian pollens and grasses, I have had a lot of students come to me with voice issues who suffer from similar problems. The only trouble is that, the medications we take to combat the symptoms of hayfever and allergies can have an adverse effect on the voice. It is very drying for the vocal folds, and sometimes even makes the voice croaky and raspy sounding. I needed to find a better solution for myself after making the decision to move back to Australia, and had no interest in turning to pills as a permanent solution. The first 2 years of being back home, I was extremely ill many times per year from Asthma and respiratory issues simply from being exposed to all my allergic triggers again. After being in and out of hospital many times I was desperate for a better, more Holistic Solution. That’s when I started researching Air-Purifiers.

After many days and hours of searching I found Ausclimate's Winix – and I can honestly say that it has changed my life! My husband and I were seriously considering moving back to Europe, to where I had NO trouble with illness at all. To my surprise, from the very first day of using the unit, I was a different person! The day I made the call to Allan, I was miserable and having difficulty breathing as the Asthma symptoms just would not go away. Now, I use my unit every day and since purchasing it a few months ago- have had no respiratory issues whatsoever.

I highly recommend this unit to anyone who is speaker, trainer or voice-user in their job and especially if you have suffered from allergies. Now, I can remain drug-free and symptom free even when others around me are suffering! It is such a HUGE lifestyle shift and I couldn’t be happier!”

If you find that you sometimes suffer from a raspy or tired voice, I'm addition to using a quality Air-Purifier, Elisa notes some handy, simple steps that can be a great help:

Everyday voice improvement tips:

  1. Make sure you stay hydrated as the mucosal lining of the vocal folds needs fluid to stay flexible.
  2. Breathe fresh, clean air when you can and minimize the air-conditioned environment.
  3. Suck lozenges that will support your immune system, not those that deliver pain relief or anti-inflammatories. The medicated lozenges can dry out your throat and make it harder for your vocal folds to function. Sambucol are a good brand, as they deliver good quality herbs that support the immune function and assist healing with Vitamin C, Zinc and Elderberry.
  4. Stay away from foods that exacerbate mucous production : E.g: Dairy.

Thank you so much Elisa for the kind words & handy tips!

If you are experiencing any issues with your speaking voice, or simply wish to improve the aesthetic quality and reliability of your voice - OR would like to improve your public speaking & presentation skills, please get in touch with Elisa at http://hapsvoicepro.com/ or call 0437 536 333. Elisa offers a free phone consultation to all new clients. You can also find her on Facebook at Haps VoicePro Facebook

If you would like to find out more about our range of Ausclimate Air Purifiers & Dehumidifiers, please visit our website, or give us a call. Always here to help!

Cheers,

Allan Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder
visit the website: http://www.ausclimate.com.au/

Ausclimate at the Sydney Homeshow!

Canberra HS 2016

Ausclimate On-Location:
March 24 to 26 – Sydney Home Show
April 3 to 9 – Tuggerah Westfield Shopping Centre (NSW Central Coast)

Ausclimate at the Sydney Homeshow!

Russell & Joanne have just finished up after a great time at the Brisbane Homeshow. Despite a crazy amount of rain, the resilient people of Brisbane still made it to the Homeshow; a great mix of new friends & returning happy Ausclimate customers! Joanne made sure to remind us that with all of this rain, it's the perfect time to fire up those dehumidifiers in the home. We should also make sure that we are regularly checking & cleaning our dehumidifier filters for optimal results.

Now time for Sydney! Chris & I are very excited to be at Sydney's brand new International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour for this year's Sydney Homeshow. Always a great time, we look forward to seeing many new faces & providing expert home moisture control & indoor air quality advice for those in need. Please stop by & say gedday. We'll be at site A25.

See you there!

P.S. for all of our online Ausclimate customers, we have an exciting product announcement coming soon!

Cheers,

Allan Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder visit the website: http://www.ausclimate.com.au

Full Ausclimate locations & dates:

Allan & Chris
Fri 24th – Sun 26th March – Sydney Home Show @ Sydney’s brand new International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour (Site A25) http://www.sydneyhomeshow.com.au
Mon 3rd – Sun 9th April - Tuggerah Westfield Shopping Centre (Located on level 2 near Coles) NSW Central Coast

Thank you Nicole!

Thank You Nicole

Ausclimate On-Location:
September 16 to 25 – Costco Canberra

Ausclimate have just finished up at the Melbourne Home Show & phew, what a week! We had a great time meeting everybody & providing them with clean-air & home-moisture solutions.

We'd like to extend our deepest thanks to Nicole Bijlsma for her wonderful "Allergens in the home" discussion this past Sunday. She provided such a wonderful & interesting insight on everyday home pollutants & what you can do to reduce your exposure to them.

Pete Higgins also did a fantastic job at his first Ausclimate Home Show, impressing everybody with his personable approach, great product knowledge & his very suave David Beckham aftershave.

Pete noted to us: "It was so pleasing for both the customers & us that we were able to offer a genuine solution with either an air-purifier, a dehumidifier, or both. Many visitors to our stand weren't aware of the moisture trapped in their carpets, furnishings and bedding and that this was causing mould and condensation which in turn was making them sick. It was great to help.

We were wowed by Nicole's talk on Sunday. Very interesting stuff! Nicole offered some real insight into the potentially damaging effects of an unhealthy home & some great solutions including; cleaning techniques, natural cleaning products, micro-fibre cloths, as well as our dehumidifiers & air-purifiers. It was great to have Nicole with us!"

A big thank you to Nicole & everybody that made the Melbourne Home Show such a success for Ausclimate. We'll be back in action on-location in September at Costco Canberra & then in October at the Canberra Home Show. Until then please feel free to give us a call, or visit the website for all of your Dehumidifier & Air-Purifier needs.

Cheers

Allan Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder
visit the website: http://www.ausclimate.com.au

Full locations & dates:
Fri 16th to Sun 25th September – Costco Canberra
Fri 21st to Sun 23rd October - Canberra Home Show

Protecting top-notch Guitars with an Ausclimate Dehumidifier

Kallquist Guitars

See us in-person:

June 14th to 26th – Erina Fair Shopping Centre

Of all of the uses for a Dehumidifier, guitars might not be the first on your list, but you may be surprised. We've had quite a bit of interest for our Dehumidifiers from the guitar community of late, looking to protect their pride & joy.

Luke Kallquist of Kallquist Guitars in Indooroopilly, QLD is a traditional Guitar Maker & "Luthier" & is very passionate about the craft. Luke uses his Ausclimate Dehumidifier in the manufacture & followup protection & upkeep of his top-quality guitars.

"Just wanted to say what a great asset to my workshop the Ausclimate NWT medium Dehumidifier is! I am a Luthier and need to keep the workshop at a steady 40-50% RH to be able to keep the timber at it's most stable and to give the finished instruments the best chance at survival once out in the real world and it's fluctuating RH. Thank you to Russell and the Team for all the expertise, I would highly recommend Ausclimate and it's Products to anyone. Thanks again, Happy Pickin"

Luke, Kallquist Guitars
http://www.kallquistguitars.com

Thanks for the kind words Luke, keep up the good work. Your instruments really are a thing of beauty! For all of our guitar-enthusiast friends out their, make sure to check out Kallquist.

We're back on the road to one of our favourite spots, Erina NSW. Always a great time, we've just finished setting up today & are all ready for our first day back at Erina tomorrow. Make sure to stop by, say hello & take a look at our full Air-Purifier & Dehumidifier range.

See you there!

Russell Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder
visit the website: ausclimate.com.au

Full locations & dates:

Russell & Joanne
Tue 14 Jun to Sun 26 Jun – Erina Fair Shopping Centre (The Coles End) Not far from Gosford, NSW

WIN with Ausclimate’s Air-Purifier Facebook Competition!

Ausclimate_FB_Air-Purifier Comp

See us in-person:

15th to 28th of Feb – (Erina Fair Shopping Centre, Erina NSW)
4th to 13th of Mar – (Costco Auburn, Western Sydney NSW)

“Like” our Ausclimate Facebook Page, “Share” the competition Facebook post & make sure to tell us how a WINIX Air-Purifier can help you in the comments for your chance to WIN.

Visit http://ausclimate.com.au/products_purifiers.htm to find out all about our WINIX Air-Purifiers.

Ausclimate Dehumidifiers & Air-Purifiers - your solution for a healthier indoor climate.

Competition Period:
Commences 12:01am AEDT on 25/02/2016 and concludes at 11.59pm AEDT on 25/05/2016.

Prize:
1 x WINIX Ultimate 5-Stage Air Purifier (model WAC-9500) valued of $795 RRP (inc GST).

Terms & Conditions:
http://ausclimate.wordpress.com/how-ausclimate-can-help-you-terms/

Boiling one day, buckets of rain the next!

Erina Crazy Summer

See us in-person:

15th to 28th of Feb – (Erina Fair Shopping Centre, Erina NSW)
15th to 21st of Feb – (Top Ryde City Shopping Centre, Sydney NSW)

Australia is certainly experiencing a crazy summer - boiling summer heat one day, buckets of rain the next! (As you can see here today outside on-location at the Erina Fair Shopping Centre) During this time with these hot & clammy conditions we can really feel the humidity in our homes.

So here’s a timely reminder to get yourself ready for some serious home drying. Stop the mould, stop the dust-mites and protect your clothing, footwear, furnishings and other valuables. There is no better time than now to start up your Ausclimate Dehumidifier to keep everything dry, just remember a few of these moisture issues and maintenance tips:

  • Humidity: above 55%-60% means ideal conditions for mould & dust-mites
  • Do some serious structural drying: set the humidistat at 30% for ‘deep-down drying’ - run the Dehumidifier long enough to get those humidity levels really low!
  • Then make sure to do a follow-up 1-2 weeks later of drying at 30% to remove the surface dampness that accumulates
  • Keep the room/s closed up during the dehumidifying process Open up your wardrobes and cupboards to ensure everything dries out
  • Let the mattresses dry out too – (dust-mites can’t breed in a dry mattress)
  • AND don’t forget to keep your air filter clean too – it’s easy, just vacuum or run under water.

Survive this crazy summer, feel better & get a better night’s sleep; dry out your entire home now. There has never been a better time!

P.S. (Don’t forget your boat, caravan and storage areas, particularly before the winter weather arrives!)

We'll be at Erina till next Sunday with our full range of Dehumidifiers & Air-Purifiers. Come by & say hello!

Russell Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder
visit the website: ausclimate.com.au

Full locations & dates:

Russell & Joanne:
Mon 15th to Sun 28th of Feb - Erina Fair Shopping Centre, Erina (Central Coast) NSW (at the Coles end)
Thu 10th to Sun 13th of Mar - Brisbane Courier Mail Home Show, Brisbane QLD (site A29)

Allan & Chris:
Mon 15th to Sun 21st of Feb - Top Ryde City Shopping Centre, Sydney NSW (near Dan Murphys)
Fri 4th to Sun 13th of Mar - Costco Auburn, Western Sydney NSW

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