While we are busy concerning ourselves with car exhaust and other outdoor pollution, we might overlook the significance of the quality of air inside our buildings.
According to the Department of the Environment, most of us in Australia spend 90% or more of our time indoors, and poor indoor air quality may be leading to health problems that are costing the economy billions of dollars each year.
Stagnant air from poor air distribution and the presence of mould spores, dust, dust mites, pollen, food odours, gas fumes, microorganisms, animal dander and volatile chemicals from plastics and furnishings can all lead to contaminated indoor air.
This can result in all kinds of symptoms – coughing, sneezing, wheeziness, asthma, sore throat, stuffy nose, headaches, skin irritations and allergies, and more serious illnesses in some cases.
So if you are finding that you are feeling unwell or suffering some of these symptoms in your home in particular, it might be time for action!
Mould removal, pest eradication, regular cleaning and vacuuming, and good ventilation can all contribute towards healthier indoor air. In addition, a quality air conditioner can also help considerably to improve air quality.
How air conditioning helps your health
- Filtering out the bad – modern home air conditioners are designed to improve air quality as well as cool the home (and heat them as well, in the case of reverse cycle air conditioning). They come with filters that help in the removal of dust, odours and other allergens.Remember to regularly clean your filter and replace it where necessary to prevent it becoming clogged and unable to perform its task. A clogged filter reduces the efficiency of your unit and can lead to additional wear and tear on it, so make regular filter cleaning a priority in your home.
- Dehumidifying – if your home is prone to damp or has suffered flooding, the dehumidifier setting on your air conditioner can be used to reduce humidity. This in turn can help to reduce the risk of mould build-up and also eliminate musty smells.
- Air flow and distribution – air conditioners distribute air throughout your home or room depending on the type of system you have. This flow reduces the risk of contaminant build-up.
The importance of a quality system
It’s important that your air conditioner is of high quality. Air conditioners have been improving in recent years in terms of energy efficiency and features and the types of refrigerants they utilise.
If your system is getting tired and/or is more than ten years old, we recommend replacing it with one of the more efficient units on the market. Contact us at Staycool if you would like more information or a quote on air conditioner installation in Melbourne.