Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Kiwi climate challenges healthy home advocates

Harrisons Home Energy Solutions Media release

17 November 2012 – for immediate release

Kiwi climate challenges healthy home advocates


There are many reasons that a home can be damp, but achieving a warm, dry house is particularly challenging in New Zealand.

About eight litres of moisture is produced inside the average family home each day, says Phil Harrison of Harrisons Home Energy Solutions. “This is fed by hot showers and boiling pots on the stove, leaks in wall and roof claddings, and seepage or underfloor dampness, and it has a negative impact on indoor air quality.”

Over time moisture builds up, and not only can inadequate home ventilation make underlying respiratory illnesses worse, especially for children and the elderly, damp homes can contribute to the growth of toxic fungi such as stachybotrys mould, which causes flu like symptoms in susceptible people.

“Achieving a high level of air quality is one of the best things you can do for your family, but in New Zealand it's particularly challenging,” says Phil. “Because we have a subtropical climate, our buildings are not as solidly built, or equipped with central heating and air conditioning, like those in countries with more extreme conditions. Additionally, we have less variation between seasons, so we are less likely to invest in systems that may only be useful for a small part of the year.”

Phil says he has noticed that visitors to New Zealand often comment on how cold and damp our houses are.

“Insulation and an energy efficient heating system are essential, as is good building maintenance, to keep leaks out,” says Phil. “After that, you need to consider how you will ventilate your home.”

He says that for those on a budget, or wanting to make a quick improvement, extractor fans are a targeted and relatively cheap solution ideal for the kitchen and bathroom, and are already installed in many newer homes. An extractor fan, which must be ducted to the outside of the house to work correctly, will suck out steamy air and help to prevent condensation in the kitchen or bathroom.

A heat pump, if suitable for your home, will operate in the background, and circulates air as it heats or cools. However, a sensor controlled home ventilation system is the most sophisticated and effective solution, and uses a system of fans and vents to move air from the warm dry areas under the roof, into the living spaces. Sensors control the system, turning it on and off, and directing air where needed, to manage the air quality inside the whole house.

“If you are renting, or installing a house ventilation system is out of your budget, keeping windows open, even if just for a short period of time each day, is something we recommend to keep dampness at bay,” says Phil Harrison.

Harrisons Home Energy Solutions is a Kiwi owned family business that has been in operation since 1962. Harrisons consultants are fully mobile, and the company offers a 10-year installation guarantee and lifetime product warranty on Enviroblanket insulation, as well as a Best Price Guarantee.

--

Note to editors: our website www.harrisonsathome.co.nz contains a range of informative blog articles on the topics of home insulation, heating, and ventilation. We are very happy to share them with your publication, in return for credit given. To discuss this, and for all other media enquiries, please contact:

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Strike: Lyttelton Port Workers Vote To Escalate Dispute

Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) at Lyttelton Port today voted to escalate their industrial action. Around 200 RMTU members have been operating an overtime ban since 17 December and today they endorsed a series of full withdrawals of labour at the port. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Dollar Falls To 3-Year Low As Investors Favour Greenback

The New Zealand dollar fell to its lowest in more than three years as investors sold euro and bought US dollars, weakening other currencies against the greenback. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Govt Operating Deficit Smaller Than Expected

The New Zealand’s government’s operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first five months of the financial year as a clampdown on expenditure managed to offset a shortfall in the tax-take from last month’s forecast. More>>

ALSO:

0.8 Percent Annually:
NZ Inflation Falls Below RBNZ's Target

New Zealand's annual pace of inflation slowed to below the Reserve Bank's target band in the final three months of the year, giving governor Graeme Wheeler more room to keep the benchmark interest rate lower for longer.More>>

ALSO:

NASA, NOAA: Find 2014 Warmest Year In Modern Record

Since 1880, Earth’s average surface temperature has warmed by about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees Celsius), a trend that is largely driven by the increase in carbon dioxide and other human emissions into the planet’s atmosphere. The majority of that warming has occurred in the past three decades. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: New Zealand’s Reserve Bank Named Central Bank Of The Year

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s efforts to stifle house price inflation by using new policy tools has seen the institution named Central Bank of the year by Central Banking Publications, a publisher specialising in global central banking practice. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news