Simple activities like cooking, showering and hanging your washing inside can cause this build up of unhealthy moisture. The good news is that it’s easy to get rid of.
8 litres of moisture builds up in Kiwi homes each day.
For a dry and healthy home this winter follow these 3 easy steps:
- Wipe any moisture or drips off your windows and walls.
- Open windows in the mornings, while you shower/bath, or while cooking.
- Hang washing outside to dry, if you can. Or in a room with a door closed and windows open.
A dry home is easier to heat.
The more moisture there is in the air, the harder and more expensive it is to heat.
Follow these simple things to make it easier and cheaper to heat your home.
- Open curtains during the day to let warmth in and close them just before dark to keep the warmth in.
- Stop cold air getting into your home by stopping draughts around doors and windows.
- Heat your home using thermostats and timers so your heaters only come on when you need them.
There are a number of things you can do throughout your home to help keep it warm and dry:
When you're cooking:
- keep lids on pots, and make sure the pot fits the element and the lid fits the pot.
- use your rangehood or open the window.
- Keep beds and furniture away from walls, leaving a gap so air can circulate freely.
- Trapped air can cause condensation to form between the two, and mould will be in among your shoes and clothes before you know it.
- Keep wardrobe doors slightly open.
- Avoid putting mattresses directly on the floor.
Prevent the spread of germs
- Create as much space as possible between the heads of sleeping children.
- Try ‘topping and tailing’ if your children share a bed.
- Try not to have lots of people sleeping together in one room.
Keeping Power Costs Down
Keeping the power bill under control is always a challenge, but it is especially difficult in winter. Here are some easy ways to cut down on power, helping you save cash, and the environment.
Remember to take a sensible approach to power saving, and don’t let yourself get so cold in winter that your health is affected.
Kāinga Ora has several programmes to help ensure our tenants are well informed about how they can maintain their homes to keep them warm, well-ventilated and as dry as possible
Warm and Dry Programme
The Warm and Dry programme, introduced in 2015, is tasked with upgrading older Kāinga Ora properties to ensure the home is as dry and warm as it can possibly be for winter. The programme initially started with properties where we had vulnerable tenants with significant health issues, and is now in progress to address all properties across the country starting with our older properties. To date around 30,000 houses across New Zealand have been upgraded. Many of our homes built in recent years don’t require this work as they already comply with new building standards.
The Warm and Dry programme ensures that all properties have thermally backed curtains, appropriate heating, extractor fans in the kitchen and bathrooms and carpets to replace bare flooring. We look at all aspects of a house that need attention. For example, instead of just fitting thermal drapes, we will ensure any draughty window joinery is repaired.
With an ageing housing portfolio in some areas, we are aware of the need to adopt a structured and well co-ordinated approach focusing on the homes requiring the most work first.
Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme
Rheumatic fever is a serious but preventable condition. In New Zealand, Māori and Pacific children are most vulnerable, and there is a strong link between housing conditions and the disease.
Our Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme focuses on reducing the risk for vulnerable children in our homes. When a family is assessed by Ministry of Health as being at risk, Kāinga Ora carries out housing-related interventions to improve the quality of their home and to keep it warm and dry. These ‘interventions’ may involve installing mechanical ventilation in the kitchen or bathroom; fitting or replacing carpets, drapes and insulation; or installing new heating sources.
Thermal upgrade for homes in the Hutt
Kāinga Ora is thermally upgrading 66 properties in Lower Hutt this winter to ensure that they are warm and dry for families in need.
The pilot is improving the thermal performance of these homes through insulation, double glazing, thermal curtains, ventilation and new heating to ensure a healthy indoor living environment. Kāinga Ora will be closely monitoring how this pilot performs with an eye to thermally retrofit up to a further 200 homes in the Hutt and other parts of the country.
Read more on the thermal upgrade