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Why Your Home Needs a Good Ventilation System

Posted on May 20, 2024

New Zealand is known for its fresh air and wide-open spaces, but when the weather is unpredictable, you might be spending more of your time indoors without the benefits of that good old fresh air. 

Often full of stale air, odours, and even harmful pollutants, poorly ventilated homes can become an unhealthy environment for your family. That’s why it’s important that every Kiwi home has a proper ventilation system installed.

Why does good ventilation matter?

If your home has poor ventilation, it can lead to far more problems than you might think. A lack of proper ventilation creates a cocktail of air pollutants that can affect the health of you and your family.

There are many common air pollutants that could be lurking in your space. One of these often overlooked pollutants is actually carbon dioxide. Released into the air with every exhale, excessive amounts of CO2 can cause drowsiness and headaches.

Plenty of other pollutants can also affect your family, including volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. These compounds are often emitted from the surrounding environment, including aerosol sprays and furniture, and can lead to eye and nose irritation and even respiratory problems. 

Trapped moisture can also result in respiratory problems—if your ventilation system is dated or damaged, you could be unknowingly trapping moisture in your home and providing a breeding ground for mould and mildew.

Putting your family’s health first

Many parents with young children are familiar with the logistical nightmare of dealing with multiple sick family members. You might be surprised to learn that, more often than not, illnesses that spread easily throughout your family are the result of poor ventilation. 

Take the dreaded COVID-19, for example. Because coronavirus particles tend to linger in enclosed areas with poor ventilation, the virus spreads quickly and easily throughout homes, leaving you and your loved ones out for the count for a number of days or even weeks. 

To prevent the spread of viruses, good ventilation is absolutely essential. A reliable ventilation system effectively filters out pollutants, allergens, and contaminants, ensuring a healthier home. In fact, research conducted in the UK has found that having fresh airflow in a room can reduce infection from COVID-19 particles by over 70%. 

Lossnay fresh air heat recovery ventilation

Safeguarding your home

We spend many hours inside our homes, cooking, bathing, and just living. All of these activities result in excess moisture being released into the air and, without proper ventilation, can leave your home in complete disrepair. 

You might be familiar with the concept of ‘crying’ windows—when the temperature is vastly different between the inside and outside of your home, condensation forms. Without a decent ventilation system, this condensation can find its way into your walls and roofing, encouraging mould growth. If left unchecked, this mould can eat away at your home, making it unstable and unsafe for your family. 

To avoid costly repairs and hidden dangers, a good ventilation system should be a priority in your home. Alongside this, ensuring that you have extractor fans over cooktops and in places where moisture can build up (your bathroom, for example) will help you keep your home dry and safe.

Energy efficiency and cost savings

You might think that consistently running a ventilation system will cost exorbitant amounts of money, but that’s often not the case. Modern ventilation solutions are designed for energy efficiency, featuring new technology that optimises air circulation while minimising energy consumption.

Without an efficient ventilation system, the energy costs of your home will actually be far higher. Damage from mould and moisture requires costly repairs, and poor air circulation puts a strain on your heating and cooling systems, increasing your energy bills.

A well-designed system not only ensures consistent airflow but also regulates temperature effectively. The Lossnay Heat Recovery Ventilation System designed by Mitsubishi Electric is a particularly great choice for home ventilation. Where most ventilation systems allow valuable heat to escape, Lossnay recovers this heat from the outgoing air to pre-warm the incoming fresh air, resulting in a healthier, drier, and warmer home.

Rental compliance

If you’ve recently purchased a property you’re planning to rent out, it’s important that you know the compliance requirements for ventilation in New Zealand.  

The Residential Tenancies Act states that rental homes must have windows that can open in the living room, dining room, kitchen, and bedrooms, and kitchens and bathrooms must have an acceptable ventilation system. 

Neglecting these ventilation requirements can result in non-compliance penalties and legal implications, so it’s important that you get it right. 

Ventilation system solutions for your home

Ventilation solutions for your home

The significance of a good ventilation system for your home can’t be overstated. From keeping your family healthy and warm to saving on energy costs, the benefits are endless.

Understanding that each family has unique requirements, our Christchurch-based technicians specialise in tailoring ventilation solutions to suit your home. Whether it's a small townhouse or a sprawling lifestyle block, our team can recommend and install ventilation and heat pump systems that align with your specific needs.

As a local, family-owned and operated business, we prioritise efficiency, reliability, and long-term functionality to ensure that you and your loved ones benefit from optimal indoor air quality without compromising on comfort.

From your first consultation to ongoing servicing and maintenance, our team of heat pump technicians is here to help. Get in touch with us for a free quote today.

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