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Meaco Wall featured in Grocery Trader

It was nice to have the new Meaco Wall featured in  Grocery Trader. The sleek, stylish design ensures that these wall mounted dehumidifiers don’t look out of place in spas, gyms or swimming pools. They are aesthetically pleasing but also unobtrusive, with reduced noise levels and running costs; and have the benefit of being energy efficient, which is great for the environment.

The Benefits of Dehumidifiers 

Did you know there are many benefits to having a dehumidifier? We elaborate on our helpful tips here, but essentially, it’s not only ideal for your health improving it in a multitude of ways, but also, ideal for your home. They reduce damp, moisture rich air, help reduce or even combat mould, and mildew, musty, stale smells and reduces the chance of dust mites developing.

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Coverage of Meaco in the latest Grocery Trader

Coverage of Meaco in the latest Grocery Trader

The Meaco wall mounts are available in black and white, are ultra slim and safe to use in high footfall areas and public spaces. For full product specifications and pricing information, explore  here.

Have you purchased a Meaco wall mounted dehumidifier?

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Don’t Let Winter Ruin Your Boat – Yachting Monthly

Damp and mould can occur during winter as windows are closed and the surface of walls and windows become colder because the outside air temperature is lower.  The moisture becomes trapped within a boat and when it comes into contact with the colder surfaces it starts to condense.

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Preventing damp and mould by opening a window to bring in fresh air will work if you are heating the room up, because, by increasing the air temperature, you will decrease the relative humidity of that air.  For example, if you pull air in from outside at 10°C and 80%rh and then heat it up to 20°C, the relative humidity of that air will fall to around 52%rh. But, when a boat is left empty and unheated for long periods, and contains possessions that are sensitive to changes in moisture, then there is a potential for damage if they absorb and hold the excess moisture in the air. In our example, if air comes into an unheated space at 10°c and 80%rh then it will stay at 80%rh.  It could well be that the internal temperature is slightly higher than the outside due to insulation but unless it is (in this example) 5°C warmer, the incoming air will not dry below 60%rh. This is the upper end of a ‘safe’ relative humidity zone by conservation experts.

One of the biggest worries for many boat owners is how to prevent such damage in the winter months when conditions are cold and wet. Nothing is worse than returning to a boat after the winter, or even just a few weeks, to be welcomed to a musty smell, an indication of a damp or mould problem.

Every day we have people who call us to say that they are suffering from mould or musty smells over winter. The Meaco DD8L Zambezi will combat these issues and offers more functionality, more control and more options then any other domestic dehumidifier on the market today.

We were very pleased to find our Meaco DD8L Zambezi featured in the December issue of Yachting Monthly in 2016. You can purchase yours  here.

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The Award Winning Dehumidifier Gets Its Own Video

Our award winning dehumidifier the Meaco DD8L Junior dehumidifier that won it’s best on test award from Sailing Today magazine is the latest dehumidifier to get the 3D animation treatment.

The video gives you an insight into how the technology works and answers most questions that people have about desiccant dehumidifiers in one short video.

When the Meaco DD8L Junior won the best on test award it beat off competition from several of Europe’s leading manufacturers, making winning the award all the more special.

 

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You ask the dehumidifier questions – we answer via video

We get lots of dehumidifier questions via email every single day and although we answer each and every one via email as fully as possible we thought that it would help those searching for information on dehumidifiers to answer some via video as well.  So here is our first ever video question and answer film.

Today we have six questions from five different visitors to the Meaco website, the questions are;

Nigel: Can I use a Meaco DD8L on a boat at temperatures below 10°C?
Barry: What do the numbers in your model names relate to, is it tank size?
Ronald: How do you use the timer function on the dehumidifier, mine will not run continuously?
Sian: If I put a Meaco 20L at the bottom of the stairs will it deal with condensation upstairs?
Michael: Can I put a Meaco DD8L on continuous drainage in the garage and should I cover it up when I am woodworking as this creates a lot of dust? 

If you would like to see your dehumidifier question answered via video then please send your question to me via askaquestion@meaco.com.

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Meaco dehumidifiers in South Africa

Very interesting trip last week to South Africa to learn about how and where dehumidifiers  are used, to see what is different to the European market and what is similar.  It was my first visit to South Africa and I was lucky to have as my guide my South African distributor Simon Brewer of Kovdor Trading who we have been working with for a few years now.  Simon has spent most of his life in Southern Africa and knows the market, the people and the climate intimately and was able to guide me through the complexities of the country.

I landed in Cape Town on the Sunday after an overnight flight from Heathrow and settled into the local culture with a tour of a restuarnt, a couple of bars and a vineyard whilst all the time enjoying the stunning coastal scenery and some rather unpredictable and very British weather.

In Cape Town I stayed at the Dreamhouse Hotel in Hout Bay and this was my view.

Monday it was down to work and it soon became clear that the climate in Cape Town is not dissimilar to Europe and the driving factors for a dehumidifier are very similar to the British market.  Low overnight temperatures in winter create the perfect conditions for mould and condensation to form, householders, who are fed up with mopping up puddles of water off their windowsills or are distressed by the levels of mould on outside walls, are driven to look for a solution.  A theme that was to remain constant throughout the week is the lack of understanding in South Africa that a should dehumidifier be used as a solution for these problems.  This is something that we suffer from in the U.K. as well as dehumidifier use is still not that widespread.  But the market is more established in the U.K., so knowledge is more widespread and greater use of the internet in the here means that it is easier to get the message out there that dehumidifiers can provide the answer to damp issues like condensation and mould.

Sometimes in South Africa you just have to stop the car and say wow!

After a day and a half of successful meetings we headed east out of Cape Town along the Garden Route towards George and Port Elizabeth where we stopped to meet several small companies who were supplying dehumidifiers to meet all sorts of requirements from damp bungalows through to factories drying Biltong.

It was along this part of the journey that we meet up with some independent retailers who were impressed by our new colourful packaging that has been designed to not only make the Meaco brand stand out but also tells a story about the benefits of dehumidifiers and our unique selling points.

with all the miles that we were covering along the Garden Route we deserved a break, and this was as good a place as any!

An overnight stop in Port Elizabeth, the base for Kovdor Trading, allowed me to see Simon’s wonderful office with it’s 180° view of the ocean where Simon claims he often sits and watches Dolphins and Whales pass by.  Unfortunately our tight schedule only allowed me 10 minutes of staring at the waves and I was not lucky on this occasion so I will have to take his word for it.

In Port Elizabeth we visited the Nelson Mandela stadium, one of several built for the football world cup, to consult on a potential application in the bowels of the stadium.  A quick stop for a photo opportunity by the pitch and then on to a training session with Simon’s staff to bring them up to speed with all of Meaco’s latest dehumidifier developments.  In the afternoon we flew to Durban to meet up with several companies who are already well established in selling dehumidifiers but they lack the sophistication of the Meaco range and the fine tuning we have done to refine our drying range to the high standards that we achieve.

We mangaed to sneak in this photo opportunity at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth after providing some advice on potential humidity issues.

The weather in Durban is closer to that of Hong Kong than that of Guildford and the product is more likely to be used in the summer to reduce the moisture content on sticky summer days or to look after holiday homes whilst their owners are away so that they do not return to musty smells and mouldy walls.

Throughout we came across a wide range of applications from those mentioned above to looking after boats in winter or a caravan when not in use (caravanning is not just a British pastime you see), indoor swimming pools, health clubs, classic car storage, drying processes in factories and the South African passion for leather jackets that have a habit of deteriorating in humid conditions.

Finally we headed north to Johannesburg where the streets are alive with traders offering you everything from a newspaper or a coupon for a free coffee at every set of traffic lights through to insect nets to protect your food or toilet roll holders!  Just what you need whilst you wait for the lights to turn green?!

John and marlene have a lovel bed and breakfast in Johannesburg and this was the view of their garden from my room.

Once again the level of understanding about what makes a Meaco dehumidifier special was clear to see and the enthusiasm with which we were received makes me confident that Meaco will be trading strongly in South Africa for many years to come.

Looking back over the week I can see the Meaco DD8L Junior doing well in Cape Town with its lower overnight temperatures and it’s many boat owners.  As in Asia I think that the Meaco 20L will be the product of choice in the more humid climate of Durban while we could do well with our specialist swimming pool dehumidifiers in the high value estates outside of Durban with their half in, half out pools.

Johannesburg should be more mixed with the Meaco 10L possibly doing well in the town’s apartments and the Meaco 30L and 40L potentially promising strong demand in the areas commercial sectors.

I really enjoyed my time in South Africa and look I will be returning in 2012 to follow through on the applications we discussed and to see how the new dealers are getting on.  There is a lot of work to do to educate the market but this is what we are good at and we look forward to the challenge.

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