Make your home a “healthy home”?
Do you have a healthy home?
Staying healthy requires not only eating the correct food and exercising the right amount, but also by making sure that we live in a healthy home environment.
Everybody wants to live in a healthy home, but sometimes sadly, it is not possible for many people.
However, if you can afford to do the upgrades on your home, then it is considered highly beneficial and well worthwhile for the health benefits you will gain for you and your family.
Rental properties in New Zealand must now comply with the Healthy Homes Act
New rental tenancy agreements must have a compliance statement attached. This document must show the progress a property manager or landlord has made towards meeting the standards on heating, ventilation, insulation and other healthy homes requirements under the law which became law in New Zealand in July 2019.
Healthy Homes Standards
All new homes should be built with this in mind to achieve these standards, not just rental homes you would hope.
Surely it is important that our children grow up in a healthy, warm home without moisture or poor ventilation.
Preventing draughts from gaps in window frames and doors should be easy enough to fix, but it is often something we forget about, until we feel cold on a very cold, windy evening or miserable rainy day.
Adequate outside drainage is important
Your property should have efficient drainage for the removal of storm water, surface water and ground water.
Mosquitoes and other bugs like stagnant water and will congregate in some climates. There are 16 different species of Mosquitoes in New Zealand alone!
Under New Zealand law, rental properties with an enclosed sub-floor space must also have a ground moisture barrier.
A healthy home should have windows that open in the living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms.
Read more here about Building standards in NZ
Kitchens and bathrooms should have extractor fans to remove moisture from cooking and bathing.
Sufficient heating should be provided too.
“The first wealth is health”
So it makes sense to do the best that we can to provide a healthy home environment as much as possible.