The Fono

Health & Social Services

Phone 09 837 1780 Twitter Facebook LinkedIn

11 tips for a warmer, drier home

As the winter months and colder weather sets in, we’re sharing some tips to keep your home warmer and drier and prevent germs from spreading. Even if you choose to follow even just a couple of these key tips, you may be able to make your home significantly warmer, drier and more comfortable to live in. You may also reduce the likelihood of a family member contracting rheumatic fever or other respiratory illnesses. 

Why? 

In a warm, dry home you may have more space to spread out around the home, rather than having to crowd in the same room. Having more warm rooms and more sleeping spaces available means germs such as strep throat, which can lead to rheumatic fever, are less likely to spread.

1. Open your curtains during the day and close them at night.

Your windows let heat in during the day. Closing curtains before sunset keeps the heat in, and the cold out, at night.

2. Stop cold air getting into your home by stopping draughts around doors, windows and fireplaces.

Stopping cold air coming in makes it easier to heat your home and helps reduce the cost of heating.

3. Check you have the best heating option for your home.

The right heat source for your home can make your home easier to heat and reduce the cost of heating. Different heating options create different levels of condensation – choose the option that will create the least amount in your home.

4. Find out if your home is insulated. If it isn’t, you may qualify to have insulation installed for free. 

Insulation is one of the best ways to keep your home warm.

5. Open your windows (ventilate) for at least a few minutes each day.

Fresh air helps to keep your home dry, makes it easier to heat your home, and helps reduce the cost of heating.

6. Open windows (ventilate) in the kitchen when you cook, and in the bathroom when you shower or take a bath, to let steam out.

Doing this helps to keep your home dry, which makes your home easier to heat and reduces the cost of heating.

7. Wipe off any water that has collected (condensation) on walls and on the inside of windows.

Doing this helps to keep your home dry, which makes your home easier to heat and reduces the cost of heating.

8. Dry your washing outside or in the garage or carport. 

It keeps the dampness from your washing (which can build up condensation) outside of your home.

9. Use bleach or white vinegar to remove mould from ceilings and walls. 

Mould grows in damp and wet places and it can affect your family’s health.

10. Create as much space as possible between the heads of sleeping children. 

Kids cough and sneeze when they are asleep, and this is how germs such as strep throat can spread between sleeping children.

11. Top and tailing – also sometimes called top and toeing – is a good option for creating space between the heads of sleeping children, if your children share a bed or mattress. 

Kids cough and sneeze when they are asleep, and this is how germs such as strep throat can spread between sleeping children.

If your child gets a sore throat

  • Don’t ignore it.
  • Bring them to your nearest Fono clinic to see the Doctor or Nurse
  • Call Healthline on 0800 611 116 to find out more, or if you are worried about your child.
  • If your child is given antibiotics, make sure they take them for the full 10 days – even if they feel better, to stop the sore throat turning into rheumatic fever.

Make an appointment 

Download these tips

Back