Dehumidifiers for Apartment-Living

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A guide to the issues of excess moisture in the home & how to deal with it

These days, many of us live in smaller homes, apartments, town-houses and generally compact living situations. While living in these close quarters we rarely think about how everyday moisture can be adversely affecting us. Does your home smell musty when you get home after being closed up through the day? Do mould, condensation, pests or forever-drying washing sound familiar? Well, you may have a moisture-problem, but thankfully we have a solution!

Moisture comes from many places in the home, from showers to washing the dishes to laundry-drying to our very own bodies. It's everywhere! And without a proper place for it to escape (i.e. good natural ventilation or exhaust fans) it can lead to dangerous consequences like mould growth.

In fact, many homes these days (especially some of the older ones that are prevalent in Australia) have limited natural ventilation and common wall fixtures/insulations that can actually keep the moisture in rather than letting it out. Many of us also lack clothes drying machines (causing us to dry our clothes indoors) and lack effective exhaust fans, resulting in excess moisture that has nowhere to go!

Dee Carter, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Sydney, notes that mould thrives in damp, poorly ventilated environments. "I think any amount of visible mould is not a good thing. ...Depending on the environment you live in, you could find it growing on your carpet, on your curtains, or in the ceiling tiles. Any substrate really can be a home to mould if there's enough moisture."

It's well-documented by industry experts that being around mould, mould-spores and dust-mites on an ongoing basis can be very bad for your health. From sleep problems and general restlessness/fatigue to allergy and asthma flare-ups and assorted respiratory issues to even more severe ongoing mould-related health issues; mould is definitely not something we want to be around!

Professor Carter explains that certain species of mould, such as Penicillium, Aspergillus and Cladosporium, can be a particular problem indoors. "These ones can produce a lot of spores and the spores can produce allergies and inflammation. ...They can be inhaled and can cause lung diseases if they get a bit too invasive."

Thankfully, a high-quality dehumidifier can be a great solution to reducing moisture levels in these tricky environments. An Ausclimate dehumidifier will actively reduce these moisture levels and keep them down through ongoing maintenance use. They can remove anywhere from 7 litres all the way up to 50 litres of moisture from your home per day!

Ausclimate's dehumidifiers will reduce/eliminate:
• excess indoor moisture levels & condensation
• mould & mildew (existing mould will need to be safely removed - a dehumidifier will prevent it from coming back!)
• musty smells
• forever-drying washing (simply put your washing on a clothes-horse next to your dehumidifier & it will dry that washing for you!)
• pests (cockroaches, ants & other insects thrive in high humidity levels)
• health risks (mould spores & dust mites are common triggers for asthma, allergies & other serious respiratory issues)

A wide range of leading health experts approve & recommend our products. This array of health field professionals includes Allergy Specialists, Doctors, Pharmacists, Naturopaths, Building Biologists and the Australian National Asthma Council’s Sensitive Choice programme. Most importantly though, they are recommended by you. Our dehumidifiers are currently rated #1 on Australia’s leading independent consumer product review website: ProductReview.com.au

Please visit the rest of our website to find out more and if you have any questions, just give us a call. We’ll happily discuss your individual needs and circumstances, helping you to find the right solution for cleaner and healthier air in your home.

Always here to help!

Cheers,

Russell Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder

Get in touch:
ph: 1800 122 100
ausclimate.com.au

Quotes courtesy of "Living with mould: The 'tightrope walk' between landlords and tenants" by Sophie Kesteven, ABC News, posted 15 Aug 2018
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-15/living-with-household-mould-in-australia/10088802

Healthy Breathing Month: Dehumidifiers

Healthy Breathing Month: Dehumidifiers

When it comes to asthma and respiratory issues, the removal of ‘flare up triggers’ or ‘allergens’ can be a key part of the puzzle. Some key steps that are always good to keep in mind include; regular cleaning of your home, fresh air and cleaning the actual air in your home with a quality air purifier. While these steps are great, an issue that people often miss is the moisture levels in the home. Being Healthy Breathing Month, we thought that this would be a great time for a guide all about this issue of moisture in the home and keeping it under control with a quality dehumidifier!


Healthy Breathing Month: Home Moisture & Dehumidifiers

Everyday moisture is one of the most common underlying causes for the many of the triggers affecting sufferers of asthma and other respiratory issues. These moisture levels can build up over time due to rainy weather, everyday condensation from showers, your washing, the dishes or even the very presence of people contributes to moisture levels in the air. Without comprehensive ventilation, these moisture levels can lead to conditions conducive to a range of well-known allergens/triggers such as mould, dust mites, cockroaches and a range of other nasties.

Regular use of a quality dehumidifier will actually remove this moisture from your air, helping to dry your home and eliminating those moist conditions & resulting triggers.

Ausclimate’s range of dehumidifiers will prevent/remove:
  • Mould growth: reduce the moisture levels throughout your home
  • Dust-mite breeding: reduce by drying out your mattress and carpet – they need dampness to breed
  • Dampness: attracts cockroaches, ants and a range of other nasties (cockroach droppings can also be potent allergens)
  • Condensation & water damage: often a problem during those cooler winter months (you’ll be surprised how easy the condensation disappears)
  • Musty smells: a definite sign you have excess moisture (let your dehumidifier get rid of this moisture and help freshen up the rooms)
Clothes drying:

In addition to this primary purpose, our dehumidifiers also work great as energy efficient clothes dryers. Very handy during dreary weather or for spaces with limited outdoor clothes drying options. More cost effective than the average clothes drying machine & no more shrunken clothes!

Picking the right dehumidifier:

We offer both dehumidifier technology options; the popular NWT 'Compressor' Dehumidifier range (great for a variety of temperatures), as well as the very effective Ausclimate Cool-Seasons 'Desiccant' Dehumidifier range (great for temperatures consistently 20 degrees and below).

The right size:

“Size is important”. A key consideration in dehumidifier selection is picking the right size dehumidifier for the job. The easiest measure of the strength of a dehumidifier is the amount of litres of water that it can remove in a day. Our NWT Supreme All Seasons model is our most powerful domestic dehumidifier removing up to 50 LITRES of moisture in just one day!

We are here to help

Please take a look at the rest of our website to find out all about our full dehumidifier range. For any questions or extra information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are only a call away! ph: 1800 122 100 (free call)

Ausclimate are very proud of the fact that our NWT Dehumidifier range & WINIX Air-Purifier range are approved by the National Asthma Council Australia Sensitive Choice programme. Give them a visit to find some excellent air treatment content this month:
sensitivechoice.com


Healthy Breathing Month Special

Be sure not to miss out on our ‘Healthy Breathing Month Special’ on right now, giving you an additional 10% off of our already reduced sale prices. Please note that this offer is for over the phone purchases only, when you mention “Healthy Breathing Month”. So if you’ve been thinking about an air purifier purchase, now is a great time to buy!

Take a look at the rest of our website today to find out all about our WINIX air purifier range & give us a call to take advantage of this very limited special. All of the details right here


Stay tuned to this space throughout the rest of ‘Healthy Breathing Month’ as we’ll continue to spotlight more great information and resources to help you & your family to breathe easier.

Cheers,

Russell Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder
ausclimate.com.au

Asthma Tips for the Thunderstorm Season

Ausclimate On-Location:
Aug 7-13: Erina Fair Shopping Centre
Aug 15-20: Park Beach Shopping Centre

A great article here from our friends at the Sensitive Choice programme of the National Asthma Council with some handy tips for Asthma sufferers going into this years thunderstorm season. Thunderstorms can have some shocking effects on those of us who suffer with Asthma, from standard flare-ups of those typical Asthma symptoms, to sometimes, much more serious Asthma scenarios. It’s all about being prepared when the thunderstorm winds bring those pollens out to play. Please take a look at this useful article & protect yourself & your loved ones as we approach the season.

Thanks Sensitive Choice!

For all of our Asthma sufferers out there, keep an eye on this space, we’ll have some more great insights & handy tips heading into this years National Asthma Week. We’ll also have details on our annual Ausclimate National Asthma Week Asthma Awareness Special.

This years National Asthma Week will run from the 1st to the 7th of September. We are very proud of our partnership with the National Asthma Council Australia Sensitive Choice and our Sensitive Choice approved Air-Purifier & Dehumidifier range.

Thanks guys, take care out there!

Cheers,

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


THUNDERSTORM ASTHMA

by Sensitive Choice

What is thunderstorm asthma?

Thunderstorm asthma is a potent mix of pollen and weather conditions that can trigger severe asthma symptoms in a large number of people over a short period of time.

Thunderstorm asthma may occur when a storm strikes on a hot and windy day during pollen season (early October – late December), when there are high levels of pollen in the air combined with a certain type of weather event.

When a storm front hits, the pollen grains absorb the moisture and burst into tiny particles. The thunderstorm winds blow the particles down to ground level, where they can be inhaled deep inside the lungs and trigger a serious asthma flare up.

Weather conditions like these can also lead to breathing problems being experienced not only by people with asthma but those who have seasonal hay fever. People who wheeze and sneeze with hay fever from pollens during spring are most likely to be affected, even if they have not been diagnosed with asthma before.

November 2016: Victorian Thunderstorm Asthma Event

On the evening of Monday 21 November 2016, Victoria experienced severe thunderstorm activity. The thunderstorm was followed by a thunderstorm asthma event, the likes of which in terms of size and severity was unprecedented. It resulted in thousands of people developing breathing difficulties in a very short period of time and placing increased pressure the ambulance service and hospital emergency rooms.

Who is most at risk of thunderstorm asthma?

Those at increased risk of thunderstorm asthma include people with both asthma and seasonal hay fever, as well as those with past or un-diagnosed asthma. People with seasonal spring hay fever who have never had asthma are also at risk.

Thunderstorm asthma can affect people living in metropolitan, regional or rural areas, even if they don’t have a history of asthma.

What are the symptoms of asthma and hay fever?

People with asthma may experience one or more of the following common symptoms:

  • Wheezing – a high-pitched sound coming from the chest while you are breathing
  • Breathlessness
  • A feeling of tightness in the chest
  • A persistent cough

A person’s asthma symptoms can vary over time – sometimes they will have no symptoms, especially when asthma is well-controlled – and symptoms often vary from person to person.

People with seasonal hay fever may experience one or more of the following common symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes

Be prepared

The best way to treat thunderstorm asthma is to try and avoid it happening:

  • See your doctor about your hay fever and get a treatment plan sorted out in time for spring
  • If you have asthma or have experienced breathing problems, see your doctor for an asthma and lung health review
  • Take your regular daily asthma preventer medication, if you have been prescribed one
  • Ask your doctor for an up-to-date personal asthma action plan and follow it
  • Know the signs of worsening asthma and the asthma first aid steps
  • Always carry your reliever (e.g. Ventolin or Bricanyl)

What to do if a thunderstorm is forecast during pollen season

  • Always carry your blue reliever puffer with you and check that it is not empty or out-of-date
  • Make sure you take your regular daily asthma preventer and hay fever nasal spray, if you have been prescribed them
  • Close the doors and windows and, unless your air-conditioner has an effective pollen filter, make sure it is off or on recirculation mode
  • Avoid going outside just before and during the thunderstorm
  • Know the signs of worsening asthma and the asthma first aid steps
  • If you start developing any signs of asthma, follow your personal asthma action plan, if you have one, or the asthma first aid steps
  • If your asthma symptoms are rapidly worsening, call 000 and say you are having an asthma attack.

Sensitive Choice partners

Many of our Sensitive Choice approved products and services are designed to help target pollen. To review our range click here.

For more information

First Aid for Asthma Chart – step by step instructions on what to do in an emergency.
Written asthma action plans
How-to video library – how to use your inhaler

Original article available at sensitivechoice.com/thunderstorm-asthma


Ausclimate locations & dates:
Mon 7th – Sun 13th AugustErina Fair Shopping Centre, not far from Gosford, NSW
Tue 15th – Sun 20th August @ Park Beach Shopping Centre, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Thu 17th – Sun 20th AugustMelbourne Home Show August 2017, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Southbank, Melbourne, VIC

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