home advice: dry and warm the key to health - in a heat pump

by:HICOOL     2019-09-02
home advice: dry and warm the key to health  -  in a heat pump
Jennifer Douglas was very impressed with last winter.
The house she owned with sister Anne was very cold for the couple and they shared their three children
And their dad, Charlie's bedroom house.
It feels like ice.
"It's really cold," Douglas recalls . ".
However, New Zealand Post staff said that although the temperature outside this winter is very low, the situation inside is different, thanks to the energy transformation of the energy efficiency and energy conservation administration and intelligent energy solutions.
Douglas, one of the three lucky readers of The Sunday Herald, took part in a contest and won a $5000 prize to settle home in the winter in the south suburbs of Aucklandready.
First, the team of smart energy solutions installed insulation under the ceiling and floor so that the house felt warm and dry right away.
Heating is also easier.
An unflued gas water heater is replaced with a heat pump and
To prevent moisture from rising to the home, the ground steam barrier is installed under the house.
"We can now walk on the tiles with bare feet," Douglas said cheerfully . ".
In Douglas's house, the ultimate energy saving measure is to exchange inefficient incandescent lamps with energy --
High efficiency LED lights.
These energy consumption is 80 less than the old energy. Old-fashioned bulbs.
"The new LED bulbs make the house brighter," Douglas reported . ".
"We don't seem to need to change them often.
Christian Hoerning, senior consultant at EECA energy wise, confirmed: "high quality led lasts longer.
"Smart lighting options in the home can greatly reduce the electricity bill.
You pay 400 more to run a standard bulb instead of a high quality energy source --
Efficient LED bulbs with the same light.
You can expect an LED bulb to last 15 years or more.
LED can save you $290 in your life [
Each LED bulb]
The brightness is similar to the 100 W standard bulb.
Hoerning said: "replacing Douglas's unwashed gas heater with a heat pump not only saves her more money, but also has significant health benefits for her family.
"Non-flowing gas heaters, including portable LPG heaters, do not have vents or chimneys to take away emissions such as water vapor, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.
These are all released directly into the room and if there is not enough fresh air to ventilate, it may damp your house and damage your health.
Portable LPG heaters may also be at fire risk.
For these reasons, EECA recommends that you avoid the use of unwashed gas heaters.
"If you do use a window, at least one window should be opened for fresh air to enter the room and the exhaust gas is discharged," he suggested . ".
"Don't use it in the bedroom.
In addition to safety issues, portable LPG heaters are also the most expensive form of heating (
Except for some open fire).
"If you can't afford to invest in a valid fixed heating option, consider buying portable electric heaters that are cheaper, run safer and more economical than portable LPG heaters.
"Keeping the home warm is important for your health and comfort, good heating system (
Plus proper insulation, ventilation and moisture control)
Hoerning said it would be much easier to do so.
He quoted the advice of the World Health Organization.
With the support of the Ministry of Health-
For most rooms, at least 18 degrees Celsius, at least 20 degrees Celsius for children, the elderly and sick.
The adult bedroom may be colder at night, but the temperature should not be less than 16 degrees Celsius.
Another factor that many people do not take into account when heating is that for the room or area being heated, it needs the correct size, he added.
Humidity is a major problem in winning one of the three houses of EECA and smart energy transformation packages.
Hoerning stressed that if your house is wet, you need to find the source of it before doing anything else.
"It could be a template or a broken water pipe, a leaking roof, or water seepage under the house.
Some of these problems may be easy and low. cost to fix.
The installation of an external ventilation exhaust fan will help keep the house dry.
EECA also recommends airing your house every day.
"According to Paul Thomson of Smart Energy Solutions, homeowners often don't know where to start repairing cold and humid homes.
"We have a wide range of solutions including insulation, heat pumps, hum removal, ventilation systems, heat-
So we can give a fair view of the best first step, "he said.
"We advocate repairing doors and windows seals and checkers first --
This is a fairly cheap solution.
The second is the insulation under the ceiling and floor.
"People are often surprised by the difference in insulation.
They don't expect the effect to be as immediate and dramatic as it turns out.
Once insulated, energy-
Efficient heating can be solved, and thanks to the Auckland Council, there is money to support the purchase of insulation and/or heating and to pay for you within nine years.
"Hoerning agrees that if you want a home that is warmer, drier and easier to heat, insulation under the ceiling and floor is the top priority.
He noted that families with community service cards may be eligible for free insulation as part of the government's plan to warm New Zealand: Healthy Families.
It is also possible to request a landlord donation from eligible tenants.
The other two winners of the energy transformation program are Karen McNee of Campbell Bay on the north shore of Auckland and Monica rodgez of meadobank in East Auckland.
The house rented by Caren McNee is insulated, but it has moisture and mold, which is a common problem for many New Zealand families and should not be ignored as they cause health problems
EECA Energywise and Smart Energy Solutions decided to address the source of moisture rising from below the house by fixing the rain outlet and plumbing, rather than installing a home ventilation system in McNee's house. An on-
The ground steam barrier is also installed under the House to prevent moisture from rising, and a suction fan is installed in the kitchen and bathroom to remove moisture.
Finally, in order to further reduce the humidity, the family obtained a dehumidifier.
So they can focus on humidity levels, and EECA energy and smart energy solutions provide them with a moisture meter (
Low cost, available online).
The recommended humidity level for the average family is 40-60 per cent.
The third winner, Rod rigz, lives in a house that is cold in winter and too hot in summer.
She said she and her partner could not use the living area because it was too hot in the summer.
In order to keep the house cool during the warm months and keep it warm and dry during the cold season, EECA Energy wise and Smart Energy Solutions have installed floor and ceiling insulation.
They also installed heat pumps in the living room. Old-
Expensive stylish downlights are replaced by modern energy-saving LED downlights.
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