Dampness in your home

A damp home is unhealthy, but unfortunately many of us live in one. Fortunately there are ways to deal with the damp and make your home much more comfortable to live in.


Before looking at ventilation systems and dehumidifiers, which can just mask the problem, try tackling the dampness at the source - you may be surprised at what a difference it makes.



[Animated opening sequence, music and title:  EECA ENERGYWISE: The Energy Spot]

We open on a mid shot of Jared, he’s outside and he says to us:

Did you realise the average New Zealand home produces around eight litres of moisture a day. Over a year it’s the equivalent of two of these!

We pull back to see that Jared, he’s wearing his usual clothes and is standing in a spa pool, filled with a huge quantity of water!  He then climbs out of the spa.

We now cut to Jared walking into a house – his clothes are dry – he says to us:

Moisture is created by day-to day-living – like indoor clothes drying, cooking, and showering.  Rising damp, from beneath your house, can add to the problem.

As he says this we see shots of a clothes on a drying rack, saucepans on a cook-top and a dishwasher. Jared continues:

Damp homes are harder to heat. And they’re bad for our health.

Jared walks through the home showing us some ways to reduce moisture. He says:

So reduce moisture by…

Now he’s inside, in the kitchen – he opens the kitchen door.

… opening windows and doors regularly to let fresh air circulate.

Now we see various shots of extractor fans, he continues:

Use externally vented fans in kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.

Now Jared picks up a clothes rack, with drying clothes on it – he puts it outside.

Dry your clothes outside when you can…

And make sure you sort out insulation and heating too.

Now we see Jared’s back in the living area, he’s at his computer, we cut to see the Energywise home page.

We pan across the page and see banner which reads: ‘Dampness in your home’

Here’s a tip, always address the sources of moisture in your home before considering installing a ventilation or dehumidifying system.  Check out enerywise.govt.nz for advice on how to solve dampness in your home. 

Jared turns to us as he sums up:

Reducing moisture improves your warmth, comfort and health. I’ll see you next time.

[Animated ending sequence and music, The Energy Spot]

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Graphics: www.energywise.govt.nz

EECA recommends seeking professional advice where appropriate

Logos: New Zealand Government  

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