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Healthy Homes – DVS now included as a standard specification for Barrett Homes!

Healthy Homes – DVS now included as a standard specification for Barrett Homes!

The health of your home is a topic that is discussed continuously by Barrett Homes designers, the sales and client liaison teams, and Directors. It is a regular focus of design meetings. What’s new? What can we be doing better? What topics and discussions need to be had with our clients? Are the products we choose in our specifications the best that can be offered for the value?

Challenging the boundaries is one of our core values. It translates into a mindset that is demonstrated throughout the day as we continually look for improvement.

Because of this, we have included DVS Home Ventilation as part of our standard specifications in our single level homes. We believe this to be an essential element in creating a healthy home. Here are the reasons why:

1 – Moisture Control

Today’s buildings are constructed and designed to seal in the heat, making it much harder for them to ventilate naturally. It’s a dilemma many Kiwis have been struggling with for years – keeping the warm air inside while also letting in the fresh air. Ventilation is the mechanism by which we do that.

With a typical household producing around 12 litres of water per day from cooking, showering and general living, it’s easy to see how excess moisture can quickly build up. A ventilation system works to control moisture and condensation, continuously pushing out the moisture-laden, stale air, replacing it with fresher, drier air. In other words, DVS is the art of letting your home breathe – fresh air in, stale air out.

2 – Air Quality Control


Air pollution is easily created from our everyday life, with pollutants like cleaning products, carpet fumes, formaldehyde fumes in furniture, volatile compounds from paint, and pet dander. Other pollutants come from our natural environment, including the carbon dioxide (CO2) we exhale, bacteria and mould.

Many of these airborne pollutants can be toxic and continuous exposure can affect our thinking, our sleep and even cause anxiety. Years of being exposed can lead to more severe health problems like asthma and lung cancer.

Good indoor air quality is essential to our health. Properly installed and ducted ventilation systems continuously push out the moisture-laden, stale air, replacing it with fresher, cleaner, drier air. This also assists in reducing CO2 levels within the home.

3 – Recognised by Asthma New Zealand


New Zealand’s asthma statistics are some of the worst in the world – one in seven children is affected by asthma, and asthma is the third leading cause of death for New Zealanders. DVS is proudly recognised by Asthma New Zealand, as a DVS Ventilation System can reduce exposure to triggers and subsequently, the symptoms. Common causes of asthma and allergies include excess moisture and condensation, dust mites, mould, mildew and airborne mould spores.

4 – Savings


Over time, ventilating your home can save you money. A damp house is much harder to heat than a dry one, so by keeping your home well ventilated you’ll save on the cost of heating – once installed, a DVS costs just eight cents a day to run.

A damp home can also deteriorate internal furnishings quicker, meaning that interiors like paint, wallpaper and curtains may need replacing earlier than usual. Ventilating your home properly removes the excess damp, moisture-filled air. It improves the overall air quality inside the house, making it much healthier for you and your family. In the long run, you will ultimately save on maintenance costs, heating costs and medical bills.

5 – Made for Kiwis by Kiwis


DVS involvement in providing ventilation systems for new homes spans more than two decades. Kiwi-owned and operated, DVS uses energy-efficient technology to ensure the best results for our unique climate. Featuring the latest trend and innovation in home ventilation technology, DVS Home Ventilation provides a tailored ventilation solution based on the size of the home, temperature, humidity and CO2 levels.

Because a dry home is more comfortable and healthier to live in, a DVS Home Ventilation System makes sense as a practical investment.