Healthy Homes

Dampness

The symptoms of excess moisture and dampness
  • Musty smells in rooms that are closed for any period of time.
  • Damp or mould on clothes or shoes in wardrobes.
  • Mould or mildew forming behind paintings, mirrors etc.
  • Stains or watermarks on ceilings or walls.
  • Mould on ceilings and walls, particularly in kitchens or bathrooms.
  • Problems with areas of rotting wood in the structure of your house.
  • Damp or mould under the house.

Ventilation

Ways to ventilate your home
  • The simplest and cheapest way to ventilate your home is to open doors and windows regularly to allow fresh air from outside into your home.
  • In summer, open windows and doors in different parts of your home to create a cross-draught, which will circulate air and help keep your house cool.
  • In winter, air your house at least once a day for a few minutes with wide open doors and windows to create a cross-draught. This will quickly replace stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air.

Heating

Comparing the options

Heat pumps - Good for:
  • Low running costs, when used properly
  • Producing instant heat
  • Convenience, as you can control the temperature and timing with the thermostat and timer controls
Heat pumps - Be aware that:
  • They must be sized correctly for the space and the climate to work well (if you live in a colder area, ask the supplier to size the heat pump based on its "H2" performance)

Insulation

The order of priority for insulating your home should be:
  1. Ceiling
  2. Under the floor
  3. Walls (or if not possible to insulate walls, make sure the curtains are thermal and touch the floor)

Healthy Homes

How to have a Healthy Home – Tō Whare Hauora

There are many things you can do to make your home warmer, healthier and more energy efficient. To really make your home warmer, drier and healthier to live in, it is important to think about insulation, heating, ventilation and tackling dampness.

The Whanganui Regional Health Network (WRHN) has an allocation of 219 homes in this years July 2015 to June 2016 Healthy Homes project. 136 homes have been allocated already, made up of: