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Ausclimate Asthma Awareness Special 2017

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The time has come & we’re very excited to finally officially announce 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 and our Sensitive Choice approved Air-Purifier & Dehumidifier range. Ausclimate is celebrating this partnership once again & with our Asthma Awareness Special. This special will give great some great savings and the perfect combination for asthma relief:

1x Winix 4-Stage Air-Purifier & 1x Winix ULTIMATE 5-Stage Air-Purifier
at a combo price of $995
(saving $445 from our regular separate recommended retail prices)

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Winix – for over 40 years, the cleanest air you can make yourself

This discount is for a limited time and is available online right here through Paypal, in addition to over-the-phone orders. For more information about these units, please take a gander at the Winix Air Purifier Page of our Website or give us a call on 1800 122 100 (free-call)

Asthma Week 1-7 September 2017
If you suffer from asthma symptoms, please talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Contact your local Asthma Foundation by calling 1800 ASTHMA Helpline (1800 278 462) or visit www.asthmaaustralia.org.au

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



Ausclimate locations & dates:

Fri 27th – Sun 29th OctoberSydney Home Show, (Show Stand A25) Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park

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Asthma Week: Indoor Environment Control for a Healthy Home

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Creating a Healthy Home: Indoor Environment Control from National Asthma Council on Vimeo.

A great little video here from the National Asthma Council’s Sensitive Choice programme. Some handy tips about controlling the ventilation, dehumidification & purification of the air in your home & how very important this can be to managing your asthma and allergies.
 
Our Asthma Council Sensitive Choice approved Winix Air Purifiers will actually capture 99.97% of airborne pollen particles & smaller dispersed/exploded pollen particles right down to 0.3 of a micron & smaller. Our popular Sensitive Choice​ approved NWT Dehumidifiers will stop mould & other moisture-related allergens right at the source.
 
Please take a look at Sensitive Choice‘s full Home Video library for a wealth of other great, educational videos all about creating a healthy home. Also make sure to take a look at the rest of the websites of Sensitive Choice & the National Asthma Council for more useful info & great fact sheets that have the potential to save lives.
 
Stay tuned to this space, as details will be right here in the next couple of days of 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 and our Sensitive Choice approved Air-Purifier & Dehumidifier range.
 
 
Thanks guys, take care.
 

Cheers,

Russell Bryan 
Ausclimate Co-founder

visit the website:
ausclimate.com.au


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Mould, Health & Asthma Week

EcoHealth Asthma Council

A great article here by friend of Ausclimate, Building Biologist, Author & CEO of Eco Health Solutions – Building Biology, Lucinda Curran about the role of the Health Practitioner in treating mould in the home or workplace.

There is some very interesting content on the Role of the Health Practitioner when it comes to mould and health, focusing on the evolving landscape of how the problem of mould is treated within the Health Practitioner community. Within the article there is also a link to a fantastic ‘Webinar’ that Lucinda did recently for Hawthorne University, “Mould and Health: The Holistic Professional’s Role”. This insightful webinar is available free of charge to view yourself right now.

Even if you are not a Health Practitioner yourself, this webinar-video provides some fantastic insight into the troubles of mould in the home or workplace, the different types of mould, water damage, how mould can affect human health, finding it & treating it. Very relevant to many of our Ausclimate friends out there using our NWT Dehumidifiers to combat this troublesome & dangerous everyday problem.

Take a look here:
http://ecohealthsolutions.com.au/…/health-practitioner-rol…/

Thanks Lucinda!

For all of our Ausclimate friends in the Melbourne area, don’t miss out on Lucinda’s great Workshop event tomorrow evening, 3 Keys to Creating a Healthier Home. A fantastic opportunity to learn from an excellent source about how to make your home a healthier place. Lucinda knows her stuff!

As we all know, mould can be a common allergen & trigger for both allergy & asthma sufferers. So a timely reminder to stay tuned for the National Asthma Council’s upcoming National Asthma Week. In the lead up to an important week for the Australian Asthma suffering community, Sensitive Choice & the National Asthma Council have some very useful content on their websites that has the potential to save lives. Please also keep an eye on this space, we’ll have some great insights & handy tips heading into this years’ National Asthma Week.

We’ll also have details coming soon 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 and our Sensitive Choice approved Air-Purifier & Dehumidifier range.

https://www.nationalasthma.org.au

Thanks guys, take care out there!

Cheers,
Russell Bryan 
Ausclimate Co-founder

visit the website:
ausclimate.com.au


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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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Ausclimate Back At Hornsby & Air Purifier Hot Tip!

AUsclimate Back at Hornsby

Ausclimate On-Location:
Jul 31-Aug 6: Westfield Hornsby Shopping Centre |
Aug 7-13: Erina Fair Shopping Centre |

 
Ausclimate are right back to it with a full schedule of on-location events coming up! But before that, we have a handy air-purifier tip for all of our Winix air-purifier owners out there.
 
We find ourselves giving this air purifier sleep-tip out all the time to our customers because it’s one that we use ourselves all the time at home. Our Winix air-purifiers do a great job running in the bedroom while you sleep, but to get even more bang for your buck, we recommend turning it on 30 minutes to an hour before bed time & adjusting it to “turbo-fan-speed” with the door closed. This will result in a quicker cleaning of the air before you come to bed & optimal air-purification efficiency for the night. Then when you are about to hop into bed, simply reduce it back to a quieter fan speed (such as medium or “sleep-mode”) for a lovely, restful night’s sleep!
 
After an amazing level of interest last time, we’ve decided to already make another visit back to lovely Hornsby, NSW. We already have multiple happy customers & friends of Ausclimate who are planning on coming back to see us again! We can’t wait to see everyone in Hornsby & help out with whatever mould, home moisture control or home air-quality issues that you may have. As always, we will have our full dehumidifier & air purifier range on display & will be more than happy to give out specific advice for new & previous customers & friends of Ausclimate alike. We want to make sure that you are always getting the most out of your dehumidifiers & air-purifiers. We’ll be located in Westfield Hornsby, nearby Coles & Kmart. See you there!
 

Allan Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder

visit the website:
http://ausclimate.com.au

(image courtesy of Westfield Hornsby)


 

Ausclimate locations & dates:

Mon 31st July – Sun 6th AugustWestfield Hornsby Shopping Centre (Located nearby Coles & Kmart) Hornsby, NSW

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, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Southbank, Melbourne, VIC


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Dehumidifier Operating Tips

In case you haven’t looked at them for a while, or it might be your first time going through them, we’ve taken a moment to collate our handy Ausclimate Dehumidifier Operating Tips to make sure that you get the most out of your Dehumidifier purchase. Please take a look & as always, if you have any questions, please get in touch.

1800 122 100 (free call)
info@ausclimate.com.au

Cheers!

Russell Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder

visit the website:
http://www.ausclimate.com.au/


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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