Having dampness in your home is a real problem for health, budget and comfort. Moist air takes much more energy to heat (or cool); it doesn't feel as warm or comfortable; it gets into things and causes mould and mildew to grow – which can affect your health and make it smell unpleasant inside; the house itself and things in it will be more prone to rot or deteriorate.
Signs of Damp:
- Mould on edges of carpet
- Paint peeling on walls
- Discolouration on walls
- Damp musty smell
Three Smart Moves:
One of the smartest moves you can make to create a warmer, drier, more comfortable home is to ensure it’s well insulated.
The temperature of your home can make such a difference to your health. Uninsulated homes are cold, damp and more difficult to heat and this can lead to the growth of mould and mildew. Mould and mildew can then lead to health issues like asthma and allergies. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of asthma and respiratory illness in the OECD countries, a condition that has a proven relationship with cold, damp homes.
By insulating the ceiling and underfloor you can reduce heat loss by over 50%. Research has shown that insulation improves the health and well-being of people living in insulated homes, with far less days off school and work, and less visits to the doctor and hospital.
One of our customers was amazed at the effectiveness of their new underfloor insulation. “The carpet on the floor used to get very cold and damp all the time. But now it’s holding the heat and never feels cold.”
An estimated one third of household energy bills is spent on heating but with premium insulation installed the reduced heat loss results in lower energy costs. Now that's a saving!
Once your home is insulated you will find that your heating is more effective and creates a more uniform temperature throughout the house. Heat Pumps are now a very popular option because they cost less to run, reduce condensation, are controlled by thermostat to maintain an even temperature, and filter air to remove dust which is helpful for people with asthma and allergies. Other popular clean heating appliances are wood burners and pellet fires.
It's always good to chat to the experts. Our consultants can recommend the best insulation and heating solution for you by looking at the many factors involved from the construction of your house, local climatic conditions, aspect to the landscape to any existing insulation and heating your home already has.
Once you've insulated your home and had a clean heating appliance installed then the third smart move you can make to reduce dampness won't cost you a cent!
Ventilation will protect your health and your home. This is as easy as regularly opening windows (and doors) and creating air flow throughout the house in winter and summer. Ventilation will protect your home from damage by eliminating excess moisture from the air. Too much moisture in the air will rot wood, carpet, walls and furniture.
Another smart move that is worth the small investment is to spot ventilate moist areas of the house, for example fans in the laundry and bathroom and a rangehood over the kitchen stove. In order for these to be effective though they must be vented to the outside. Condensation occurs when warm moist air hits cold surfaces like windows and walls but by creating air flow and removing excess moisture you will enjoy a dryer, fresher home.