Make your home healthier and drier this spring

It’s time for spring cleaning. You can make your home drier and healthier, as well as saving money on your energy bill, by doing quick and easy spring jobs, according to EECA ENERGYWISE.

Senior Technical Advisor Christian Hoerning advises checking for mould around your house including hidden areas like wardrobes, under carpets and behind curtains and furniture. He says the spores from mould can cause serious health problems, especially for people with respiratory issues.

“If you find any mould, remove it by spraying with white vinegar, let set, wipe with a clean cloth, soap and water. After your spring clean, add checking for mould to your regular cleaning.”

Giving your house a good airing also becomes more appealing as the weather starts to warm up, Mr Hoerning says.

“The simplest and cheapest way to ventilate your home is to open doors and windows regularly to allow fresh air from outside into your home.”

He says many people don’t like leaving bedroom windows open just a crack overnight in winter but it is the healthy option if you want to stop condensation.

Mr Hoerning says spring is also a good time to clean up the leaves and debris that have built up in gutters after winter storms.

“Keeping your guttering clear will help reduce moisture and damp in your home.”

Heat pump and dehumidifier filters should be cleaned regularly so they run more efficiently, Mr Hoerning says.

“Add a filter clean to your spring cleaning list, especially if you haven’t got around to this job over the winter.”

As part of your spring clean check for burnt out light bulbs and replace them with energy efficient bulbs, Mr Hoerning says.

“LEDs use up to 80% less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs and should last around 15 times longer than a standard incandescent light bulb,” he says.

Media enquiries:

Penny St John, Senior Communication Adviser, EECA

Phone: 027 687 3123

Email: penny.stjohn@eeca.govt.nz