With temperatures soaring during the hottest months of the year, Australians use all sorts of techniques to find respite from the heat.
Choosing the right products is particularly important to those with asthma and allergies, as some air conditioners and dehumidifiers can benefit these conditions, whereas others can actually exacerbate symptoms, says the National Asthma Council Australia.
More than seven million Australians have allergies, including asthma. These conditions can be triggered by dust mites and mould, both which thrive in the warm and humid environments experienced in many parts of Australia. Pollen also remains a concern and can trigger symptoms, particularly when combined with thunderstorms.
The National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice program identifies products and services that may be a better choice for people with asthma and allergies.
Speaking about how to better prevent and manage asthma and allergies during the hottest months of the year, Adam Trumble, the National Asthma Council Australia’s Partnerships Manager, said:
“It is important that Australians with asthma and allergies manage their indoor climate and air-quality. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers can help control humidity and reduce triggers, as increasing ventilation along with filtration helps reduce mould and dust mites.
“Selecting appropriate products – such as those approved by the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice program – is also vital. For example, evaporative air-conditioners may have a cooling effect, but they also increase humidity, which can make things worse for those with asthma and allergies.”
Some issues relevant to asthma and allergy as the heat and humidity peaks include:
- Relative humidity below around 55 per cent will discourage the growth of mould (mould spores are an allergen and mould is an important element in the dust mite cycle)
- Excessively dry air should also be avoided, as viruses prefer cool, dry air
- Ventilation can be a cheap and effective method of reducing humidity and mould growth
- Built-in heat-recovery ventilation or air-conditioning systems should have effective filtration
- The wrong carpet may harbour allergens (in particular mould and dust mites), but there are carpets and underlays that will resist rot and microbial growth
- Gardens can be the source of pollen allergens – most of the problems are caused by imported species
Sensitive Choice approved products relevant to climate and air-quality control include:
|Aquaport (Cli~mate)||Dehumidifiers – reduces prospect of mould|
|Beaulieu of Australia||Brease carpet – solution dyed nylon treated with an anti-microbial – resists rot, mould and dust mites|
|CSR Building Products||Bradford Insulation & Edmonds Ventilation – non allergenic climate control|
|Daikin Australia||Residential Split System Air Conditioners and Air Purifiers – filtered|
|De’Longhi||Dehumidifiers – reduces prospect of mould|
|Dunlop Flooring||Comfort Choice underlay – treated with an anti-microbial – resists rot, mould and dust mites|
|Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV)||HRV Heat Recovery Ventilation system – filtered|
For further information, or to arrange an interview with a National Asthma Council Australia spokesperson, please contact:
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