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COVID19: It’s about time we pay attention to our indoor air quality!

James Kuzmanovski, Operations Manager

With over 8 years of experience in HVAC and customer service, James is passionate about creating excellent customer and staff experience. Every day, he ensures the team at Alliance is taken care of. James is dedicated to improving processes to make sure that Alliance is easy to engage with. In his down-time, James enjoys an active lifestyle from running and rock climbing to tennis and golfing. He enjoys watching Formula 1 and cheering on our Aussie racer 🏎 – Daniel Ricciardo.

We are no doubt living in a new age where everything we plan and do must include some level of caution for the existing pandemic. With no solution in sight, the uncertainty of the future has become very real. However, what we can do right now is taking care of ourselves and our family the best way we can.

Before lockdowns and compulsory quarantines across the world, we already devote more than 90% of our lives indoors. To think at the start of the year, Australians suffered the worst-ever air quality to date, defined by the World Health Organisation to be hazardous – meaning everyone regardless of health conditions may experience serious health effects. The bushfires forced Australians to stay home and escape from the bad outdoor air quality. Again, Coronavirus forced us to stay inside to flatten the curve and protect everyone from the virus. However, unfortunately according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is two to five times worse than outdoor air. In the worst-case scenario, indoor air can be more than 100x worse than outdoor air.  

According to infectious disease experts, this virus can continue to spread until “most of the world is infected”. With infected numbers above 10 million patients, it is only wise to be more cautious with the way we live.

Some US experts have even found where people spend more time inside with air conditioning systems “the infection rates skyrocketed”. While there is no conclusive evidence of this theory, numbers have shown us where people gather indoors together, the virus has a better environment to spread in.

Photo – Arturo Rey

So, what can I do clean the air in my home or business?

Clean Your AC Filter

We recommend removing your air conditioning’s filter for a clean every 3-4 months to make sure your system is working efficiently. Most importantly, pathogens and mould can grow over time in your air conditioning so to make sure you and your family are breathing in clean air *please* clean your filters every few months.

New Technology

Increasingly, there are more and more devices created as add-ons to our existing air conditioning at home. This includes [UV Blue Light] that can kill bacteria and mould within the air conditioning system while a [MERV-13 Filter] captures up to 90% of contaminants within 1 to 10 microns i.e. viruses that often travel via sneeze and cough particles.

Regular Cleaning

Use lemon juice, baking soda, or vinegar to clean surfaces that are commonly used at home. Think: light switches, doorknobs, door bells, windows etc. While you’re cleaning make sure you are vacuuming your home at least twice a week, especially in areas with high-traffic.

Professional AC Service & Clean

Many people don’t understand the idea of an [air conditioning service] and clean through a professional. Preventative maintenance! Air conditioning has multiple working components within the system while interacting with the air, moisture can be trapped inside the system. Like a car, it must be serviced on a yearly basis to make sure any minor faults are fixed before it accumulates to a costly repair. Most importantly, a licensed HVAC technician can help clean your air conditioner from any viruses, dirt, slime, dust, and even black mould – which are more common in ACs than you think!

Air Quality Sensors

These devices are not very well known in 2020 however that is mainly due to the lack of education about the air breathe. These devices are made to detect and monitor the different air quality factors in your home or business so you can take action to clean the air in your home. At Alliance Climate Control, we recommend using [uHoo]. Check out our Digital Marketing Specialist, [Carol’s 14-day trial with uHoo in her apartment].

Now more than ever regardless of what is going on – bushfire or a pandemic lockdown – more people are cooking, exercising, working, relaxing, and sleeping within the same four walls. Regardless of where you live in the world, we are all in this together. The one thing we can keep doing is be educated on the current situation and how you can protect yourself and your family.

If you are looking for ways to improve your indoor air quality the answer is simple, contact us. Let our team of experts inspect your home and ensure that your heating and cooling equipment is free from mould, dust mites, radon, allergens, and other harmful substances. We will evaluate the condition of your system and provide you with a tailored service based on its requirements.

Contact Our Indoor Air Quality Experts Today

Now more than ever regardless of what is going on – bushfire or a pandemic lockdown – more people are cooking, exercising, working, relaxing, and sleeping within the same four walls. Regardless of where you live in the world, we are all in this together. The one thing we can keep doing is be educated on the current situation and how you can protect yourself and your family.

If you are looking for ways to improve your indoor air quality the answer is simple, contact us. Let our team of experts inspect your home and ensure that your heating and cooling equipment is free from mould, dust mites, radon, allergens, and other harmful substances. We will evaluate the condition of your system and provide you with a tailored service based on its requirements.

Our technicians are trained to use PPE gear and sanitisers with them at all time. We are in this together and we will do our bit to limit the virus spread.

Call us on (02) 8061 5023 to make a booking with our licensed and trained HVAC technicians today.

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