Creating a warm & dry home
A warm, dry home is healthier, more comfortable and easier to heat.
World Health Organisation guidelines recommend a minimum temperature of 18˚C in houses, or higher for more vulnerable groups like children, the elderly and people who are ill.
Many New Zealand homes aren’t warm enough in winter, increasing the risk of respiratory illness and doctor’s visits. Putting on another jersey doesn’t help because you are still breathing in cold air.
Find out how to improve the health and comfort of your home
Ceiling and underfloor insulation is always the top priority for a warm, dry home. You may be eligible for a Warmer Kiwi Homes grant covering 90% of the cost.
Think about heating
If you have ceiling and underfloor insulation, it’s time to think about heating. You may be eligible for a Warmer Kiwi Homes grant covering 90% of the cost.
Damp homes promote mould and dust mites which can cause respiratory problems.
While our houses need to be ventilated to keep the air fresh and dry, relying on draughts causes discomfort and makes it hard and expensive to heat on cold, windy days.
Assess your home
Use the HomeFit tool to quickly check if your home is warm and dry.