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High humidity, especially in January to March on the Sunshine Coast, is the recipe for an unwanted household visitor: MOULD. Suddenly, it’s everywhere.. if you find mould in your home, rest assured – you’re not alone! In this brief article, we take a look at the mould situation. What is mould? What causes it? What are the health issues? And, most importantly, what can we do about it?
What is Mould?
Mould is part of a group of very common organisms called fungi that also include mushrooms and yeast. It is present virtually everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. There are many different types of mould, and they all have the potential to cause health problems. [SRC: health.nsw.gov.au]
What Causes Mould?
The presence of mould is caused by wet, dampness and a lack of ventilation. [SRC: ABC] This makes humid summers on the Sunshine Coast the perfect opportunity for mould to proliferate. Especially in periods of extended rainfall and high humidity, conditions are optimised for the growth of mould inside and outside the home.
What are the Health Issues with Mould?
In order to reproduce, mould produces tiny particles called spores. Spores are carried in the air and may cause health problems if inhaled by people who are sensitive or allergic to them. [SRC: health.nsw.gov.au] Examples of adverse health impacts include:
- Irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and skin
- Allergic reaction in people with a mould allergy (e.g. asthma flare-up or hay fever symptoms).
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis—a rare lung disease where the lungs become inflamed due to an allergic reaction to certain inhaled substances (e.g. organic dust, fungus, mould or chemicals)
Most healthy people will not experience health problems from contact with mould, however the risk increases for people with:
- asthma, allergies or other respiratory conditions may be more sensitive to mould
- a health condition or undergoing medical treatment that lowers their immunity are more at risk of infection (e.g. cancer and its treatment, organ transplant recipients).
Ensuring Your Air-Conditioner Is Mould-Free
Because we work with air-conditioners, it’s important to point out that regular cleaning of your air-conditioner unit is essential for mould control. Air-conditioners circulate the air you breathe, so it’s essential to ensure that they are clean and free of mould. This is particularly important on the Sunshine Coast, where high humidity, especially after rain, sees an increase in AC usage. We provide a professional clean & service for your split system or ducted air-conditioner. We recommend this service at lease twice a year to ensure your system is running optimally.
Using Dry Mode to Reduce Humidity
Some ducted and split system air conditioning units offer a mode called ‘dry mode’. In addition to their capability to provide heating and cooling for your Sunshine Coast home, this mode can also be used to humidify, dehumidify, ventilate and purify the air. [SRC: Daikin] If you’re consider a new air-conditioner on the Sunshine Coast, it’s a great idea to assess prospective units for this mode. Learn more about new air-conditioners here.
How to Prevent Mould:
Mould is caused by wet, dampness, lack of ventilation and humidity. The trick to preventing mould, or inhibiting its growth, is to prevent these conditions from arising at home. This is easier said than done when it rains incessantly for 5 months; however utilising your air-conditioner or dehumidifier during these times can also be helpful. Here are some handy tips to prevent or inhibit mould at home:
- Allow sunlight into your home, as much as possible.
- Allow air to circulate. Open doors and windows.
- Where does your clothes dryer vent it’s air? If possible, arrange for it to vent outside, as this air can be very humid and if vented inside, can create mould-growing conditions.
- Clean wet areas of the home regularly.
- Wipe away any moisture you find, and try to keep the inside of the home dry.
- Dry and air damp clothes and shoes outside if possible.
- Clean carpets and rugs regularly using a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Filter) vacuum cleaner.
- Clean evaporation trays in air-coolers, dehumidifiers and refrigerators regularly.
- Don’t run evaporative air cooling systems with water during high humidity (over 65%). If the air feels humid, run the air cooler without water and open the windows.
- Allow space between furniture and walls so air can flow, particularly wardrobes.
- Don’t stack boxes or other items against outside walls, especially walls that don’t get a lot of sun.
- Place absorbent beads in affected rooms to soak up extra moisture. You can buy these at the supermarket.
How to Remove Mould
- Obtain personal protective equipment, including half-face disposable respirators with P1 or P2 filters, to avoid inhaling mould spores when cleaning. You’ll find these at hardware stores.
- Place drop sheets on the floor and exclude people from the affected area if they’re not performing the work.
- Get 2 buckets: 1 for cleaning solution and 1 for clean water.
- Wipe the area clean with a microfibre cloth and cleaning solution. Don’t put dirty cloths back in the solution; rinse them in the clean water to avoid cross-contamination.
- After cleaning the area with the solution, wipe the surface with a damp cloth. Use a different cloth to the one you used with the solution.
- Wipe the surface dry with a clean cloth.
Making Mould Remover
Here are some tips for removing mould from qld.gov.au. They’re particularly useful because they include different options, so depending on what you have in the kitchen, you may not need to go shopping to get started.
Remove mould using a suitable mould remover, such as:
- a solution of 3 parts vinegar and 2 parts water
- a solution of 70% methylated spirits and 30% water
- a solution of tea tree oil and water
- commercial products from the supermarket. Follow the safety instructions to protect your eyes and skin.
Mould Removal Tips
Why shouldn’t I clean mould with a dry brush or broom?
This could release spores into the air, which may cause adverse health affects and spread mould to other areas. [SRC: qld.gov.au]
Why shouldn’t I clean mould with bleach?
Using bleach is not recommended because it’s not an effective mould killer. However, bleach will help to eliminate other disease-causing organisms that may be present because of contaminated floodwaters. [SRC: qld.gov.au]
Why should I keep changing cloths when cleaning mould?
Always use a different cloth with each process and throw them away after, or the mould spores will spread and mould will reappear. [SRC: qld.gov.au]
Why should I wear personal protective equipment when cleaning mould?
Our immune system does not like mould. It is not meant to be breathed into our lungs. [SRC: qld.gov.au]
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To be ‘energy independent’ refers to the state whereby a home is no longer reliant on an external power source, such as a power company, for its electricity. An energy independent home produces, stores and consumes its own energy, creating potential benefits for home owners as well as the wider community.
In this article we take a look at energy independence for homes in Australia; what it is, where it has come from, and how to approach and achieve it.
Energy Independence Essentials
To become ‘energy independent’, a home requires an independent supply of power (such as solar power), a means to store collected electricity (a battery) and the optimisation of the home (and vehicle) to use that power.
Energy Independence Vs Electrification
Energy Independence and Electrification are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are different terms. Electrification refers to the process of powering things by electricity; it also often means introducing electrical power to replace other power sources. Energy independence, meanwhile, is the achievement of the state of not being reliant on an external source for energy.. energy independence is a state, whereas electrification is a process. Mostly energy independence and electrification are bundled together because electrification is the most likely way energy independence can be achieved.
Steps to Energy Independence
- Collect your own power – solar power
- Store your own power – battery
- Optimise appliances to exclusively use collected power
Energy Independence Technology
The technology used to create energy independence is evolving at a rapid pace, making it increasingly more accessible, more efficient and safer for everyday homeowners. This technology includes solar cells and inverters, energy management hardware and software, battery storage, EVs and EV charging capability. The advances of this technology are driven by parallel technology research and development, particularly in electric vehicle design.
Benefits of Energy Independence
Energy independence has benefits for the home as well as the wider community:
Benefits for the Home
- No longer reliant on fossil-fuelled power
- Free from energy price swings
- Detailed awareness of carbon footprint
- Cleaner internal air (no gas / combustion)
Benefits for the Community
The ability of Australia to achieve its goals of net zero emissions requires an ever-increasing uptake of energy independence in coming years. With no reliance on fossil-fuelled power for energy needs, energy-independent homes (and businesses) will make a negligible impact on the national carbon footprint.
Learn More About Energy Independence
If you’re interested in learning more about a solar solution or getting a quote, please contact our team. We service Noosa and surrounding suburbs.
Foundational to the electrification and energy independence journey is the ability to generate energy within your home. In Queensland and particularly on the Sunshine Coast we have some of the best solar production conditions in the world. In this article, we take a look at some of the important considerations when investing in solar: rebates, array size, array adaptability, and solar safety.
The government offers incentives for solar in the way of rebates which are cost reductions. These rebates reduce each year, towards the goal of concluding in 2031. Therefore, the sooner you opt into solar, the greater the amount of the rebate you will receive. Rebates depend on variables which we calculate for you at the time of purchase, and are automatically factored into your solar pricing.
Solar Solutions: Brands
Solar components are made by different companies around the world. Like all electrical products, some are made better than others – and when you’re collecting and converting electricity on your rooftop, you don’t want to use the cheapest option! We only work with high-quality products and reputable brands, ensuring that your solar installation will be safe, efficient and long-lasting.
One of the main considerations with a new solar system is the calculation of the array size. How much energy do you need to collect in order to meet your energy requirements? We make this easier for you by reviewing your historical energy needs, and assessing your future energy objectives. This enables us to tailor your solar array to suit your home and lifestyle.
One way in which different solar systems can be compared is their post-installation adaptability. While many systems can not be easily modified after installation, some can. One such system is the Enphase system which is available as an option with Noosa Electric Co. This system enables post-installation adaptation, so additional panels can be added if your electrical needs change (for example, to support the addition of a new EV).
Solar is customised to your home, and we believe a thorough process is the key to getting a great result. It goes beyond matching up the solar system to your energy needs – there are other considerations that should be taken into account at the time of installation. In addition to solar, our team is here to help you with battery storage (now, or in the future), energy management solutions, timers, and EV charging. While not everything may apply in every case, by assessing your needs thoroughly we can help ensure your solar solution is equipped to take you all the way into the future.
Single Inverter or Microinverters
Solar collection with Noosa Electric Co means choices. One of the main choices is whether you will opt for a single inverter or a Microinverter solution. Both avenues have different advantages. We can help you determine the best solar solution to suit your home. This is something we cover with you during our free consultation and quote.
Safety should always be a primary consideration with electrical installations. With solar, safety can be optimised through the use of high-quality components, professional installers, adherence to best practices and uptake of new and safer technology. Noosa Electric Co has a reputation for safety, and we provide long-term support for all of our installations including solar. Talk to our team for a solar solution to suit your home or business today.
In the case of an on-grid solar solution, the system draws energy from the power grid to meet your energy needs. With a battery in place, you have another option – using your own stored electricity. Batteries are an emerging solution. Whether your solution should include one will depend on your budget, home and energy objectives. Importantly, the capability of future battery compatibility should be determined at the time of installation – not all solar systems are battery-compatible.
How to Get Started
Solar installations require professional expertise. We are here to help. With 50+ years of service in the area, Noosa Electric Co are your local electrical specialists. We’re here to help with the assessment and consultation for your solar system, installation, and long-term support. If you’re like to learn more about solar, please contact our team.
Learn More About Solar
If you’re interested in learning more about a solar solution or getting a quote, please contact our team. We service Noosa and surrounding suburbs.
On the Sunshine Coast, Air-Conditioners are the most popular solution to keep living and working conditions bearable, especially during the summer heat. In this exciting article, we take a look at how to optimise AC usage to make sure we’re getting the most chill for the lowest cost and energy usage. If you’re interested in an air-conditioner solution for your home or business, don’t hesitate to contact our team – we’re experienced with all aspects of air-conditioning and service Noosa and surrounding suburbs on the Sunshine Coast.
Reducing Air-Conditioning Running Costs with Solar
Using solar power to run your air-conditioner is a long-term solution that can help to reduce costs in the long-term. Over time, a key benefits is being able to run your appliances during the day without paying for power from the grid. Meanwhile, if you already have solar, it’s important to maximise solar power usage for your AC (as opposed to power from the grid). An example might be cooling down your rooms before the evening comes – instead of waiting until it’s dark, when you will need to use power from the grid.
Using Optimal AC Modes
AC units have a wide variety of modes and on a hot day it can be tempting to hit ‘Siberia’. However, launching into the coldest and most powerful mode is not the most efficient way to use your air-conditioner. Economy modes optimise the way the air-conditioner works to get a great result without redlining power usage. For example, Daikin’s Econo Mode [SRC: Daikin ] prevents excessive cooling and only uses 70% of the appliance’s capacity. This achieves cooling without wasting electricity.
Awareness of Modern Features
If you’re looking to purchase an air-conditioner, it’s important to come at it from an energy-efficiency point of view. Pay attention to your prospective machine’s features. For example, some Daikin split systems come with ‘Intelligent Eye’, which monitors whether a room is being used, and adjusts the AC delivery to suit usage.
Awareness of Ratings
For new air-conditioners, pay attention to energy rating labels. These give an indication of both energy efficiency and energy consumption, helping you to appreciate how a specific appliance compares to its peers.
Use the Right Air-Conditioner
While there are many different types of air-conditioners, some are more energy-efficient than others, depending on the type of premises you are cooling. For cooling bedrooms and larger rooms, small, portable air-conditioning solutions are generally the least energy efficient appliances. Split systems are the recommended solution in most cases, since they are more energy efficient, and can achieve and sustain comparable cooling without requiring as much power. However, they do cost more upfront and they’re not portable.
An important step towards optimising your air-conditioning is to only cool the required rooms, and for these rooms to be sealed from the outside. If you’re cooling the entire house, and all of the doors and windows are open, you might as well just throw your wallet out the window – which won’t be a problem, since the window is already open. Using air-conditioners minimally and within sealed rooms is effective an effective way to cool the home that won’t require the AC to use its full power.
Like any appliance, air-conditioners can and should be optimised. With AC, this process starts right at the beginning – selecting an appropriate system for your home – and then operating the system in an efficient manner. If you’d like to know more about AC on the Sunshine Coast, contact our team – we are here to assist.
Solar power provides homeowners with a fabulous source of electrical energy. Nowhere is this truer than on the Sunshine Coast, where we enjoy beautiful sunny conditions for most of the year along with a fantastic natural environment.
This article discusses optimising your solar solution – in particular, ensuring your high-use appliances are using solar energy and not power from the grid. If you’re making this mistake, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Let’s check it out.
Not Maximising Your Usage of Solar Production
One of the primary goals of solar installations is to ensure that you are making the most of your solar power. For solar systems (with no battery), that means using power as much as possible during the day – when the sun is shining.
To maximise the benefit of your solar system, it is important to adjust your energy consumption where possible to ensure that you are using the energy you produce, rather than purchasing from your energy retailer.
- Run swimming pools between the house of 10am-3pm
- Use household appliances (dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers if you must) during the day where possible
One of the largest users of power in the home is the hot water system – electric hot water systems account for approximately a quarter of your electricity bill. [SRC: energyrating.gov.au ]
To make the most of your solar, it’s essential to make sure your hot water system is heating during the day, and using solar power. If it’s heating at night, it will not be using your solar energy (unless you have a battery) and will be drawing power from the grid, causing unnecessary costs.
Part of our service is to optimise electrical configurations.. while this might sound obvious to you, but we have seen quite a few homes where this problem is happening. If you’re going to the effort of collecting solar energy, it only makes sense to maximise it!
The Solution – Install a Timer
The solution is to install a timer on your hot water system that will ensure it only operates during peak solar collection times (during the middle of the day). Having a solar system in place is a significant step, but it’s only one part of the solution. The other part is optimising your home to make the most of solar power.
If you don’t know when your hot water system is heating or need help organising a timer for your hot water system, or would like further information about optimising your home or business, please contact our team.