ausclimate's official blog

your solution for a dryer, healthier indoor climate


Leave a comment

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – Sensitive Choice

Hello folks & a Happy New Year from Ausclimate!

We’ve found a wonderful little fact sheet here for you from the great team at Sensitive Choice all about VOCs. As we know, these everyday-home airborne chemical nasties can be just terrible for a wide range of people; from young children & older people, to those with asthma & respiratory issues, to allergy sufferers & of course people with chemical sensitivities. This fact sheet does a great job of explaining just what VOCs are, listing some key chemicals to watch out for & gives some handy tips to reduce your exposure. Thanks Sensitive Choice!

 


 

VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCS)

Pretty much every one has heard about VOCs, but what and where are they?

There is no single definition for what constitutes a volatile organic compound (VOC), but it is safe to say that a VOC is a carbon-based organic compound that evaporates (or off-gases) at room temperature.

VOCs are very common and may be man-made, or naturally occurring.

VOCs are a broad group and while some should be avoided, others are not known to cause any issues for most people. Then there are some people who may be allergic or sensitized to some VOCs.

People with respiratory problems such as asthma, young children, older people, and persons with heightened sensitivity to chemicals may be more susceptible to irritation and symptoms from some VOCs.

Longer term exposure to VOCs may be more likely to trigger and other respiratory symptoms in some people.

VOCs exist outside (particularly in air pollution) and inside.

There are VOCs in aerosols, cleaning products, paints, cosmetics, adhesives, pressed wood products, foam, tobacco smoke, upholstery, carpets, textiles, plastics, detergents (and more).

VOCs can emanate from:

Chemical Uses Comment
Formaldehyde Used in the manufacture of resins and plastics, mostly in the wood-products industry and adhesives. Also tobacco smoke. Exposure to low levels irritates the eyes, nose and throat, and can cause allergies affecting the skin and lungs. Higher exposure can cause significant damage, even death. Possibly also carcinogenic.
Ethylbenzene Primarily used in the production of styrene and synthetic polymers as well as a number of other uses. Respiratory sensitivity.
Benzene Used in manufacturing. Also tobacco smoke. Health concerns, particularly when inhaled
Fragrances Fragrances may consist of a complex range of chemicals and are added to a range of products including cosmetics, cleaning products, air fresheners, detergents etc. Fragrances are VOCs and may trigger symptoms in some people with asthma or allergies.
Toluene Toluene is a common solvent, used in such things as paints, paint thinners, sealants and adhesives. Also tobacco smoke. Inhaling low levels can cause tiredness, confusion and a range of other symptoms.
Xylene A solvent used to manufacture petrol, chemicals, polyester fibre, and to make dyes, paints and insecticides. Also tobacco smoke. When inhaled or absorbed through the skin symptoms can include headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

You can influence the level of VOCs in your home.

Buy no or low-VOC products and reduce the number of products in your home that give off VOCs.

If you do buy new products that may off-gas, consider allowing them to do so before you take delivery, in a spare room or outside.

Increase ventilation by opening doors and windows or use air purifiers with activated carbon filters or other means to filter VOCs.

Air fresheners are most likely emitters of VOCs (fragrances) that mask unpleasant odours with other odours. It’s probably best to deal with the unpleasant odours using the techniques above if odours trigger your symptoms.

Keep both the temperature and relative humidity lower. Chemicals will off-gas more under warmer conditions with high humidity.

If you can, paint and renovate your home when it is unoccupied or during seasons that will allow for additional ventilation.

Fact sheet originally published 

 


 

In addition to these steps, the regular use of a high-quality air purifier will also do an excellent job of reducing those VOC levels in your home or workspace. We’re extremely proud of our recent independent VOC Testing Results for our Asthma Council Australia Sensitive Choice approved WINIX Ultimate 5-Stage Air Purifier. This official independent test, performed by the Australian College of Environmental Studies concluded an almost 80% reduction of total VOCs within one hour of the air purifier being in use. What a result!

For more details, please take a look at our full WINIX Air Purifier VOC efficacy testing results blog post right here.

Thanks guys, as always please get in touch with any questions that you may have & you can visit the Ausclimate website for our full range of Air Purifiers & Dehumidifiers.

Always here to help!

Cheers,

Russell Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder
visit the website:
Advertisements


Leave a comment

Lung Awareness Month – COPD

Lung Health Awareness Special Banner_2017

A great video here from the Lung Foundation Australia about an important genre of Lung Disease, COPD.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for conditions including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma which is irreversible. COPD is a lung disease that affects 14% (or one in seven) Australians aged 40 or over.* COPD is also the second leading cause of avoidable hospital admissions in Australia.*

While there is no cure for COPD, as you will note in the video, there are steps that can be taken to breathe easier and perhaps most importantly, improve quality of life, particularly if it is identified and managed early. This starts by simply, having a CHAT.

For more on COPD, please visit this link from the Lung Foundation for a variety of great resources: https://lungfoundation.com.au/patient-support/copd/


Ausclimate are doing our part for Lung Health Awareness Month with our Lung Health Awareness Month Special. This unprecedented special is all about spreading the word about the important health issue that is Lung Disease and getting products that can make a difference into the hands of those who can use them most!

For the month of November, we are proudly offering an EXTRA 10% OFF** our already reduced Ausclimate website special sale prices store-wide when you mention “Lung Health Awareness Month”.

To take advantage of this offer, please visit the Ausclimate website to view our full range of dehumidifiers & air purifiers, then call us on 1800 122 100 (freecall), making sure to mention “Lung Health Awareness Month” when placing your order.


To find out more about Lung Health Awareness Month or get involved, please visit http://www.lungfoundation.com.au/LHAM or phone the Lung Foundation freecall Information and Support Centre 1800 654 301.

Stay tuned to this space throughout Lung Health Awareness Month as we’ll be sharing more great information and resources throughout the month to raise awareness for this important cause.

Cheers,

Russell Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder

visit the website:
ausclimate.com.au

* Statistics provided by the Lung Foundation Australia website: https://lungfoundation.com.au/patient-support/copd/

Offer Fine Print:
**Offer eligible when mentioned during over-the-phone orders only for the month of November 2017. 10% off all current listed Ausclimate website prices for Ausclimate over-the-phone orders only. Offer not eligible on previous orders. Commercial range not included in offer.


2 Comments

Ausclimate Asthma Awareness Special 2017

Ausclimate Asthma Awareness Special A4_2017

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 month-long 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)

(Offer now expired, sorry)

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

This discount is for a limited time (UPDATE: special ending October 8, 2017) 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 C03) Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park


Leave a comment

Asthma Week: Indoor Environment Control for a Healthy Home

Screen Shot 2017-08-28 at 2.12.17 pm

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


Leave a comment

Pollen – a Trigger for Hayfever

full bud_image copy

Another very handy fact sheet here in the lead up to National Asthma-Week from the National Asthma Council about the triggering effects of Pollen on Hayfever, general Allergy & Asthma sufferers. Some very timely tips for the home, garden & out & about to keep front of mind as we approach the Australian allergy season. Thanks Asthma Council!

Take a look at the full article here: Pollen – a trigger for Hayfever

In addition to these handy steps, we all know the importance of a quality Air Purifier in removing those airborne pollens from the rooms in your home. We always say that it’s better to capture these pollen particles inside a quality air purifier filter than to be breathing them in!

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.

Stay tuned to this space for more handy tips in the lead up to the National Asthma Council’s upcoming National Asthma Week. Also make sure to keep an eye on the websites of Sensitive Choice & the National Asthma Council for more useful info that has the potential to save lives.

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


Leave a comment

Ausclimate Asthma Awareness Special

Ausclimate Asthma Awareness Special A4

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

We have officially wrapped up our massive Melbourne Home Show and we are very happy to announce our 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 Dehumidifier range. We have had great feedback on this range in giving much needed relief to Australian asthma sufferers. Through the Melbourne Home Show we have been highlighting this partnership & working to bring awareness to the serious issues of asthma & other respiratory conditions.

Ausclimate is celebrating this partnership and the theme of National Asthma Week with our Asthma Awareness Special. This special takes the form of what we have found to be the essential combination for asthma relief:

1x NWT Medium 20 Litre Dehumidifier & 1x Winix 4-Stage Air-Purifier
at a combo price of $599
(saving $495 from our regular separate recommended retail prices)

This discount is for a limited time and is available for over-the-phone orders only. For more information about these units, please visit the website at: http://www.ausclimate.com.au

Asthma Week 1-7 September 2016
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

Full locations & dates:

Fri 16th to Sun 25th September – Costco Canberra

Fri 21st to Sun 23rd October – Canberra Home Show