Making homes warmer, drier and healthier
To really make your home warmer, drier and healthier to live in, it is important to think about how insulation, heating, ventilation and tackling dampness work together as a system.
By thinking of each element as one piece of the whole puzzle, it's easier to see how getting each part sorted contributes to a more comfortable and healthy living environment.
Information sourced from www.consumer.org.nz
FIRST - Reduce dampness and moisture at their source to improve indoor air quality
NEXT - Remove moisture from the air by heating and ventilating the house
Where does all the moisture come from?
Keep the air moving
- Air your house regularly by opening windows to remove stale, moisture-laden air
- Consider installing window security stays so the house can ventilate while you are out
Which fuels to choose?
When choosing the type of heater for a room it pays to consider how the room is used. In areas you heat often such as the living room, heat pumps and woodbuners are usually the cheapest forms of heating.
Keep in the warmth
- Install insulation - it makes your home easier and cheaper to heat
- The first priority is insulating the ceiling/roof area as this is where most heat is lost
- Make sure curtains and blinds form a good seal around your windows - refer to the brochure "Understanding the Magic of Curtains" - published by BRANZ.
- Consider double-glazing