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Ridding Your Home of Mould and Heat Loss
16 June 2016
Ridding Your Home of Mould and Heat Loss

New Zealand homes! Not known for their great insulation are they? When bungalows, villas and state homes were built in the 1920-1940s insulation wasn’t usually on the builders plans and there must have been many a time when South Island households huddled together on a cold July evening.

A poorly insulated home means colds and flu, mildew, crying windows and mould. And mould spores can also result in nasty skin irritations such as dermatitis.

Don’t underestimate how much warmth you can lose through a poorly insulated home either.

Heat is predominantly lost through your roof and windows (around 30% each), with around 20% escaping through walls, approximately 12% through the floor and the remainder via any air leakages (6-9%).

So you want to make the most of your heating this winter and not see good money literally flying out the window, we have the blinds of you. Thermal blinds help stop that warmth escaping and come in a great range of contemporary colours.

Our Urban Shade is an internationally renowned fabric with a "soft to touch" flock coating giving light, heat and UV control. Plus, they can be regularly dusted/vacuumed or spot cleaning if commercial spot cleaners are used. If you are looking for a plain weave fabric, our Palm Beach fabric offers similar features and again comes in a large range of colours to coincide with your existing décor. Warm in winter and blocking some harmful UV’s in summer.

We can even help you with combo blinds (two different blinds in one opening). Venetian and sun shades can be paired with thermal roller blinds to improve the efficiency of your blinds.

Longer showers now that morning are colder and heated towel rails create a build-up of moisture and warmth, which mould spores absolutely love. If you are experiencing mould in your bathroom (or closets and laundry for that matter) - there are two natural ingredients to make your home healthy again. Tea tree oil and white vinegar.

White vinegar is very cheap and a great when partnered up with baking soda for many other household cleaning jobs. Tea tree oil is expensive, but is a broad-spectrum fungicide and seems to kill all the mould families it contacts. It’s worth investing in a bottle as it helps keep the mould from returning and adding a few drops to a cup of water can go a long way. The distinctive strong smell of tea tree oil will dissipate in a few days.

Once it is under control the best mould preventatives are the sunshine and ventilation. Sunlight dries and airs, so let in as much as you can through opening windows. If you are using heated towel rails, throwing your damp towel straight onto them just creates, even more, damp air. Wait until your bathroom has dried out before placing them on a heated towel rail. Better still, make the most of the free sunshine and top them in a north-facing spot to dry.