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CEA’s Healthy Home Tips: Keeping a Dry Home, from the Inside.

Spring is in full swings… but are you still putting unnecessary moisture into your home? Check out our tips below to help you stay dry inside the home:

  • Dry your clothes outside. One load of washing can release up to 5 litres of moisture into the air. Make use of the sunny days and dry your washing outside. If you must dry inside, put your airing rack in a garage or unused bedroom (away from main living areas) preferably with a window open. If you use a dryer make sure it is vented to outside.
  • Ventilate your home. This is a sheet of polythene that covers the dirt under your house, keeping dampness and any potential mould in the ground. CEA can install moisture barriers, contact us today to find out more.
  • Air out your bedding. Particularly important to do in or just after winter. Heavy bedding, pillows, and duvets often absorb moisture over time.
  • Air out your wardrobe. Yes, even your clothes need airing! Don’t forget to open any wardrobe doors and cupboards that don’t get opened too often – these spaces can build up moisture and lead to mould and dust mites.
  • Shower with the door closed. When showering, shut the bathroom door and heat the bathroom (if possible) for a few minutes before turning the shower on. This will heat the air and reduce the amount of steam and moisture. If you have an externally vented extractor fan, use it to remove the steam. Leave the bathroom door shut after your shower for at least 30 minutes to prevent the moisture from travelling elsewhere in the home.

CEA is here to help you and your family stay warm, dry, healthy, and more energy efficient in your home

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Community Energy Action
Community Energy Action is a charitable trust committed to helping make warm, dry, energy efficient homes throughout Canterbury. Their services include insulation (subsidies available), heating, free, recycled curtains, free independent energy advice, and affordable energy efficiency tools. For more energy tips and advice call CEA’s free Energy Advice Service on 0800 GET WARM or visit www.cea.co.nz.