IN THE AIR TONIGHT

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Do you walk into your home and no­tice a musty smell dur­ing win­ter? Do you of­ten wake up to wet win­dows on the in­side? And are you lay­er­ing on ex­tra cloth­ing and blan­kets while watch­ing TV to keep toasty and warm? With HRV ven­ti­la­tion and heat­ing, you don’t have to live like this any more

We Ki­wis have a cer­tain at­ti­tude when it comes to win­ter – it’s that ‘she’ll be right’ men­tal­ity that seems to be part of our DNA. Ev­ery year around this time we buy a new hot-wa­ter bot­tle, bring the blan­kets down from the linen cup­board for night-time TV watch­ing, and set the alarm clock 10 min­utes ear­lier to wipe the con­den­sa­tion off the win­dows.

But what we Ki­wis might not know is that an in­abil­ity to main­tain ad­e­quate warmth in your home can af­fect the health of those liv­ing in the home.* Warmer houses are bet­ter able to deal with mois­ture, and a warmer, drier in­door en­vi­ron­ment re­duces the like­li­hood of damp and mould.* You could al­ready be liv­ing in a home that suf­fers from con­den­sa­tion or has vis­i­ble mould. Ac­cord­ing to the HRV State of Home Sur­vey 2017, 37 per­cent of New Zealand homes suf­fer from con­den­sa­tion and 34 per­cent of homes have vis­i­ble mould.** A com­bi­na­tion of these fac­tors can make for un­com­fort­able liv­ing con­di­tions in your home.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?

In­tro­duc­ing the healthy home dream team from HRV: ven­ti­la­tion and heat­ing. Since a drier home re­quires less en­ergy to heat than a damp one, us­ing ad­e­quate ven­ti­la­tion and heat­ing in tan­dem means a warmer, drier home for you and your fam­ily.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Damp air is harder to heat, which is why a ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem part­nered with a heat pump is the per­fect com­bi­na­tion. Good ven­ti­la­tion will help to re­duce damp­ness, mould, odours and mois­ture, bring­ing fil­tered, drier air into your home. This dry air is then more en­ergy ef­fi­cient to heat with your heat pump.

WHY IS THIS BET­TER FOR YOU?

It’s sim­ple! If your home is damp and un­ven­ti­lated, there’s a high chance there’s mould present and while you may not be able to see it, you may be breath­ing it in. Ven­ti­la­tion helps to re­move stale air and re­places it with the fresh stuff. It pro­vides up to three fil­tered air changes per hour which can help re­duce air­borne par­ti­cles in the home.

HOW EF­FI­CIENT IS THIS SYS­TEM?

Think about it: if you have a damp home, then all your fur­nish­ings, cloth­ing and other be­long­ings will have a colder sur­face tem­per­a­ture, mean­ing your whole house will take longer to heat up. Keep­ing the damp­ness out of the air means your heat pump won’t have to work as hard to heat your home, mak­ing the whole process more en­ergy ef­fi­cient.

WHAT’S THE BEST OP­TION FOR YOU?

Use HRV’s on­line Home So­lu­tions Gen­er­a­tor to find the right heat­ing and ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem for your home. Visit HRV.co.nz or phone 0800 HRV 123.

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