When building it’s easy to forget about ventilation amongst the many decisions you have to make. A healthy home often ends up at the bottom of the to-do list below curtains, carpet and furniture. It’s easy to forget that mould would be an issue in a new home, but if you think smart when it comes to building you can easily combat these issues – keeping those beautiful interiors mould-free. Proper ventilation is essential for maintaining good air quality.
It’s a common misconception mould and mildew only surface in older homes. In reality, the modern, superior methods of building mean homes are typically more air-tight, and as a result, need to be encouraged to breathe. A recent BRANZ survey found mould was visible in nearly half (49%) of all property surveyed in the 2015 House Condition Survey. The cold, damp conditions common in New Zealand winters provide the ideal breeding ground for mould and mildew and, when left to grow in large quantities, they can cause serious health issues as well as significant damages to your home. That’s why it’s important to keep your home as dry as possible at all times.
A typical household produces around 12 litres of water per day from cooking, showering and general living. It’s easy to see how excess moisture can quickly build up – in addition, our busy lifestyle often means homes are closed up for most of the day, trapping all that moisture inside. Ventilation systems are the most effective way to reduce excess water vapour. They continuously push out the moisture-laden, stale air, replacing it with fresher, drier air. The air is filtered before it enters the home, significantly reducing exposure to dust, pollen, plant spores and other inhaled triggers.
By keeping excess moisture and condensation in a home to a minimum, you can significantly improve the environment for allergy and asthma sufferers in your home. A drier, healthier home can relieve their symptoms and reduce the number of sick days your family experiences each year.
Over time, ventilating your home can also save you money. A damp home is much harder to heat than a dry one, so by keeping your home well ventilated you’ll save on the cost of heating. A damp home can also deteriorate internal furnishings quicker, meaning that interiors like paint, wallpaper and curtains may need replacing earlier than usual. Ventilating your home properly removes the excess damp, moisture-filled air and improves the overall air quality inside the house, making it much healthier for you and your family. And a DVS ventilation system costs just eight cents a day to run. Because a dry home is more comfortable and healthier to live in, the DVS makes sense as a practical investment.
Contact the experts at DVS today and arrange a free consultation (we can even quote off your plans.) Call a friendly representative at 0800 387 387.