Home owners, take note. Modern building materials and construction methods mean that new homes are more air-tight and have less natural ventilation than older homes. Modern lifestyles, with longer working and commuting times, and greater concerns about home security, noise and privacy mean that homes are closed up much more than in the past.
Poor ventilation in your home can cause a rapid build up of moisture which can damage curtains, wall coverings, windows and carpets. Mould, mildew and dust mites thrive in poorly ventilated homes and are key triggers for asthma, allergies and respiratory problems. ‘Off-gassing’ of the chemicals used in modern building materials coupled with poor ventilation can also affect overall health and well-being.
According to BRANZ, the best way to prevent condensation, mould and mildew in your home is to remove moisture using both continuous ventilation and adequate heating.
Today’s new homes include many technological features that were considered ‘optional extras’ five years ago but are now standard in most new home designs. At DVS® we are committed to helping improve the health, safety and energy efficiency of all new homes built in New Zealand.
If you own a rental property, we can help there too, providing a cost effective, automatic ventilation system that will protect your investment (and your tenants) from dampness, mould and mildew. Click here to find out more or call us on 0800 387 387.