What is stale air and how can you get rid of it?

When air sits for an extended period in a room or area with no circulation or ventilation, it becomes stale. Stale air is no longer fresh and often carries an odour or feels stuffy. This is unpleasant in any season, however when Australians spend more time indoors due to really hot or cold weather, they may notice the air becoming stale, and be impacted by it more. In fact, research shows that Australians spend 90 per cent of their time indoors.

Stale air may harbour contaminants that have no chance of escaping. It is a good idea to address this issue quickly as stale air may indicate that a room is retaining moisture in walls, ceilings, or floors. If untreated, this can cause mould and mildew, and subsequently lead to health issues.

There are various ways that indoor air quality can be improved, which can help manage the health of everyone in the home or office. Here are some tips to help remove stale air and keep indoor air quality at its best.

Run the air conditioner

Air conditioning allows you to control temperature and assist with humidity levels. Fujitsu General air conditioning units offer ‘dry mode’ function. In dry mode, the fan operates at a low speed drawing air through the air conditioning unit to remove humidity (moisture). Wall Mounted Split air conditioning systems also include an apple-catechin filter which captures fine dust, invisible mould spores and harmful microorganisms that are absorbed onto the filter and replacement of the filter is required every 3 months to ensure apple-catechin filter efficiency. It is highly recommended that you maintain your air conditioner by keeping the filters clean and the air conditioning system periodically serviced every one to two years depending on usage.

Open doors and windows

When the air conditioning system is off, a simple way to improve the indoor air quality is to open doors and windows to let the air circulate. By moving the stale air you are replacing the oxygen and avoiding mould growth by reducing condensation.

Cleaning up

Staying on top of household cleaning can be difficult, but it can significantly help to avoid stale air and the potential health risks. Carpets and rugs can harbour chemicals and allergens such as dust mites, some of which can become airborne. Dusting and vacuuming regularly will help to minimise these circulating around the home. Additionally, wiping down benches and bathrooms can remove mould spores that may impair your air quality.

For more information on how to maintain your air conditioner, please contact us on 1300 55 67 55 to speak to a member of our friendly customer service team.