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

Install insulation

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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.

 Find out if you're eligible for a grant

Think about heating

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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.

 Heating options: pros and cons, and running costs

 Find out if you're eligible for a grant

Tackle dampness

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Damp homes promote mould and dust mites which can cause respiratory problems.

 Find out how to track down underlying sources of damp

Ventilate

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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.

  Learn more about draught stopping

 Ventilation checklist

Assess your home

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Use the HomeFit tool to quickly check if your home is warm and dry.

Go to the HomeFit tool