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Does Poor Home Ventilation Put Our Health at Risk?

Pulling up your blinds or drawing the curtains on a cold winter’s morning and seeing how much moisture and condensation has been collected overnight can make you cringe. You know that can’t be good for you whilst you’ve been asleep. And that black mould around the windows – is this why your asthma has flared up again?

Ventilation is key to getting that moisture out of your bedroom, but seriously, who is going to keep a window open overnight in the middle of July when the temperature is around zero outside?

If you are tired spending time and money seeing doctors and specialists about your respiratory and allergy problems every winter and spring, investing in a home ventilation system will go a long way to improving yours and your family’s health. By tackling indoor air quality, you can make a real difference to the health of everyone in your home.

Now you may want to be sitting down for this next bit because these scores aren’t anything to brag about:

  • The average home produces 30 litres of moisture a day. And what if your home is above average?
  • 46% of New Zealand homes suffer from condensation.
  • 35% of New Zealand homes have visible mould.

One in six New Zealanders has a respiratory illness. That’s a whopping 700,000 people and the third leading cause of death! It costs us $5.5 billion each year in hospital and doctor visits, subsidised medications and research. Make no mistake, New Zealanders and New Zealand homes suffer from condensation, mould and mildew.

Eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis typically arrive in the colder months with an increase in mould, dampness and going to and from temperature extremes (eg: being in overheated shops and homes before stepping out into a freezing winter’s day). They itch, they feel like a burn and they become infected. Not pretty. Black mould is particularly nasty as the mycotoxins of black mould cause people to suffer toxic symptoms such as:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Skin inflammation
  • Irritation of the mucous membranes
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Mental impairment
  • Tiredness or nausea
  • Immune system suppression

Because our i-vent® system rids your home of condensation and pushes out the damp polluted air, the room will quickly become up to 4 degrees warmer. Germs need slow moving or stagnant air to thrive and can stay active for up to 3 days in an un-vented room. With our ventilation system the air is replaced every 20 minutes so there is no time for mould, mildew and condensation to grow. It also helps cut down dust mites activity as well.

Using the very best in technology the i-vent®’s cleverly designed fan is super quiet so you won’t be woken by noisy whirring sounds overhead. We work with trusted brands who specialise in home ventilation systems and use high-end technology.

But what are the ongoing costs of running a home ventilation system?

Does it surprise you to hear it is cheaper than running a 100-watt light bulb? Energy efficiency is so important at a time when electricity costs continue to rise and if you want to warm your house through another efficient source, talk to a one of our home ventilation specialists about what will work best for your budget and your family.

Once the home ventilation system is installed there is very little to think about afterwards. Think, install, forget, enjoy! This trouble-free maintenance system only requires a filter replacement once a year which we can do for you or you can purchase and replace yourself.

What happens during a hot summer?

Humid summer nights can result in lots of tossing and turning, throwing sheets off and then scrambling to put them back on again. In the end, you wake up feeling more tired than the night before. An i-vent® Summer Kit can be fitted to your roof to bring outside air into your home. This not only supplies clean filtered air, it’s constant temperature makes sleeping and staying asleep, much easier.

You want a reliable car, have insurance policies for peace of mind and own a comfortable bed because you know a good night’s sleep is important to your day. These are all considered investments in your well-being right? Isn’t having a comfortable, healthy home just as important for your long-term health benefits?

Check out New Zealand’s best home ventilation deal right now.