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How to prepare for Winter damp Total Kit Car

It’s fast approaching winter, are you prepared for the damp that will ensue?

With winter comes the usual pitfalls of condensation, resulting in difficulties with damp, moisture build-up and mould.

Damp in the home can cause a variety of problems such as difficulty in drying clothes, a musty atmosphere and structural damage to your beloved home or property. Peeling or bubbles in wallpaper is unwanted, as is the hassle of drying clothes in an already damp environment.

Worse still are the other effects of damp, which lead to difficulties breathing, allergies deteriorating and other health issues.

There are a multitude of actions you can take to reduce the amount of damp in your home and remedy these negative effects.

Here are some simple steps you can instigate today to help:

  1. Ensure your property or home is properly ventilated, especially in rooms where your washing machine and tumble dryer are placed.
  2. It is often difficult to always commit in winter, but, if you do have dry weather, try and air dry your clothes outside rather than inside. In summer this is very easy to do and so there’s no excuse!
  3. When cooking it’s essential to utilise the extractor fan to reduce moisture build up in the air. A lot of moisture is created when boiling pans and the steam created can linger. Remember to keep it on for a little while even after cooking as this will help in reducing the residual moisture.
  4. It’s worth purchasing a similar extractor fan device for the bathroom, as condensation and moisture builds up after having baths and showers.
  5. Ensure your wardrobe or cupboards are not over stuffed with clothes or miscellaneous items. As with anything, if products or clothes are crammed together air can’t circulate around, increasing the likelihood of damp and a musty smell occurring.
  6. Another great tip is investing in a Meaco DD8L Zambezi Dehumidifer  There are many different models available, so it is worth exploring all versions to determine the best size and specification for you and your home.

It is essential to ensure you take the necessary measures to reduce the effects of moisture and damp in your home, especially with Winter on its way.

It’s fantastic to see our ‘How to prepare for Winter’ article in the latest Total Kit Car magazine, which you can read here.

For future tips and advice and to stay up to date with all things Meaco, you can find us on Twitter and Facebook.

The DD8L Zambezi is an unique desiccant dehumidifier with six world firsts.

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Meaco dehumidifier featured in Caravan and Park Operator

Summer is ending, and with winter fast approaching, it is worth ensuring your caravan, home or property is free from damp in the winter months. Utilizing products like a Meaco dehumidifier can

Meaco featured in Caravan and Park Operator mag

Meaco tips article

take the stress out of preventing mould and damp. The process of installing and maintaining a dehumidifier has never been easier.

 

Contrary to popular belief, just heating up the house doesn’t help reduce the moisture in the air and reduce damp, it just raises the room temperature.

 

Our helpful tips and advice article by Meaco’s very own Chris Michael explains in-depth why just increasing the room temperature won’t combat mould and damp. He also offers the correct way to reduce the moisture in the air and the science behind why using a dehumidifier works so well.

 

You can read the full tips and advice on how to keep your caravan free of damp in the winter in the latest Caravan and Park Operator magazine.

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Dehumidifiers contribute to wildlife conservation

Chris Michael director of Meaco with David Shepherd CBE holding cheque

Chris Michael director of Meaco with David Shepherd CBE

Press Release

3rd July 2017

Meaco contributes to wildlife conservation

Firm donates £21,000 to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

Meaco (U.K.) Limited, the UK’s leading domestic dehumidifiers specialist, has teamed up with the Guildford-based wildlife conservation charity the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) to support the care of orphaned elephants in Zambia. With every sale of its top of the range dehumidifier, the DD8L Zambezi a donation is made to the DSWF supported Elephant Orphanage.

The Zambezi DD8L dehumidifier was launched in January 2016 and named after an orphaned elephant currently being cared for by the DSWF. “We wanted to add character to this special dehumidifier and after deciding on an elephant it was very important to us to help with elephant conservation rather than just profit from an association with the animal.” explains Chris Michael, director of Meaco.

“It is a really simple link up and it is something that I would urge other businesses to think about because it is a really easy way for business to help good causes.  About half of our sales are overseas and each box has a card in it explaining about the work done by DSWF so in our small way we are helping to spread the word and getting people to think about elephant conservation.”

Commenting on the donation, DSWF’s Melanie Shepherd said, “It’s very hard to put into words what this amazing contribution means to us. For a small charity like DSWF, this is a really significant amount. When you consider that £150 will pay a keeper’s salary for a month it gives you some idea of the value that Meaco is adding to the survival of Zambia’s elephants.”

“We think that the personal relationship we have with Meaco makes a really big difference to both of us.  Our projects benefit from the money raised, and Meaco customers around the world can be assured that their purchases are supporting conservation. Corporate partnerships with bigger charities can sometimes lack that personal connection but the relationship with Meaco is a perfect match.”

The Meaco DD8L Zambezi  dehumidifier, was the result of three years of intense research and development, incorporating several unique ideas originating from customers. It has a Which? “Best Buy” award and offers more functionality, with more control and options, than any other domestic dehumidifier on the market, and includes six “world firsts”.

Acclaimed wildlife artist and long-term supporter of DSWF, Jonathan Truss, developed a cartoon sketch of Zambezi, to form part of the image and packaging for the new product.

The story of Zambezi the Elephant

Guzzling 60 litres of milk a day and requiring 24-hour care, nurturing an elephant that has been orphaned requires dedication and commitment. For Zambezi, who was orphaned at just one month old, life has not been easy.  He was rescued from a swimming pool that he was trying to drink from. Baby elephants are unable to co-ordinate the 40,000+ muscles in their trunks and use their mouths to drink, so it is thought that he simply toppled in. What became of his mother is uncertain but with around 30,000 elephants killed in Africa every year for their ivory it is likely that she was killed for her tusks.

Adding to that trauma of losing his mother and falling into the pool, an outbreak of Anthrax in the area meant that Zambezi had to be quarantined for two months. “Despite the issues surrounding his rescue and quarantine, Zambezi soon became part of the little herd at the orphanage,” explains orphanage manager, Racheal Murton.

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Notes to Editors

For more information on the DSWF’s work with the orphaned elephants of Zambia see:  https://davidshepherd.org/our-works/elephant-orphans-in-zambia?category=elephants

About DSWF
Founded in 1984 by wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE, the Shalford-based David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation funds conservation projects across Africa and Asia to protect some of the world’s most endangered animals. From grass-roots to world stage, DSWF works with local communities to understand and protect vital wildlife populations while fighting for changes to the laws that protect wildlife from the indiscriminate and illegal global trade.

See: www.davidshepherd.org and www.tigertime.info

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When Ventilation alone will NOT dry the air

When Ventilation alone will NOT dry the air

During the winter months, preventing damp and the build-up of moisture in a caravan or mobile home can be a headache. Chris Michael from Meaco, a leading UK supplier of dehumidifiers and air purifiers, gives advice on preventing this annual winter nightmare

As the temperature falls, condensation rises, creating moisture on windows each morning which will eventually cause mould and damp, and associated health problems. Just turning up the heating in the winter will not get rid of condensation. A damp property means damp air, and raising the heating thermostat will only heat up the wet air molecules, rather than raise the room temperature. A room will feel warmer if you are heating dry air. Opening the window to bring in fresh air will work fine 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 what if you need to look after a space that is not heated and contains something that is sensitive to changes in moisture?  This is often the case when you look at garages, archive storage, motor homes, caravans, boats or even your garden shed.  Often these spaces will contain classic cars, bedding, papers, family photo albums, upholstery, veneer, wooden objects, fabrics and expensive electronics.  Lots of things that need protecting from excess moisture and could be damaged beyond repair if they absorb and hold the excess moisture in the air.

If you are not heating the space and air is allowed to come in at our 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 the conditions thanks to insulation but unless it is (in this example) 5°C warmer, you will not dry the incoming air below 60%rh to get it into what would be seen as the upper end of a ‘safe’ relative humidity zone by conservation experts.

So although a lot of these spaces are ventilated when they are built this only helps to keep the air moving and to stop the air from becoming stale, it will not help to keep the space dry or to protect the artefacts from moisture damage.

This is where a dehumidifier comes in. It will reduce the level of humidity in the air, by sucking in air from the room at one end, removing the moisture, and then blowing it back out into the room again, adding warmth in the process. Sealing any ventilation gaps when using a dehumidifier in the winter will make it work more efficiently.

Meaco (U.K.) Limited, recently launched the Meaco DD8L Zambezi  dehumidifier, designed and developed to address the many problems caravan owners were encountering. The Zambezi works well at temperatures below 15 degrees, has a Which? Best Buy Award, and adds warmth back into a room. It has a Daily Run Timer to turn the dehumidifier on and off at particular times, so taking advantage of off-peak electricity hours. A World first, the Meaco Control 20+ ensures that if the dehumidifier is left in the wrong setting Zambezi will automatically adjust itself to achieve the humidity conditions desired.

Alternatively, the Meaco range of low energy dehumidifiers are the first to come with a free HEPA filter, and are unique in that they can also be used as an air purifier in the spring and summer once set on air purification mode, so helping in the fight against pollen and pollutants, whilst acting as a money saving “cross over product”.

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Meaco DD8L Zambezi RRP £249.99

Meaco 20L Low Energy Dehumidifier RRP £259.99

Meaco 12L Low Energy Dehumidifier RRP £179.99

 

About Meaco

Established in 1991, Meaco produces award-winning dehumidifiers, humidifiers and air purifiers distributed in over twenty countries throughout Europe and South Africa. The firm is the UK’s exclusive distributor of Mitsubishi Electric’s range of dehumidifiers, spares, and repairs. A winner of two Which? Best Buy awards, Meaco’s expertise is unrivalled, and its products cater for all needs, from home and industrial dehumidification to specialist areas such as boating, caravanning and swimming pools.

 

Meaco began by specialising in monitoring and control equipment for museums and art galleries. In 1992 the firm developed the world’s first radio based environmental monitoring system in conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and quickly established itself as one of the most important suppliers of humidity monitoring and control equipment to museums across Europe. In 2005 Meaco divested the museum side of the business to concentrate on manufacturing its own dehumidifier range.

Based in Guildford, Surrey, and an owner-managed business, Meaco is a socially aware company, sponsoring local sports including the Team GB kayaker Rachel Cawthorn who recently competed at the Rio Olympics. The firm is also heavily involved in supporting local mini and youth rugby and is a sponsor of the London Welsh club. For each unit sale of the firm’s Zambezi dehumidifier model a financial contribution is made to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to assist its elephant conservation work in Africa.

www.meaco.com

01483 234900

Press contact: brookscomm, alison@brookscomm.com, tel 01483 537890

 

 

 

 

 

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Stay healthy this Winter by preventing condensation.

Stay healthy this Winter by preventing condensation.

Most of Britain has been experiencing a particularly cold spell of weather. The cold temperature is not the only problem though besetting many homes. As the temperature falls, condensation rises, creating moisture on windows each morning which will eventually cause mould and damp, and associated health problems. Condensation is particularly noticeable in conservatories, which can be dripping with water at this time of year!

Chris Michael from Meaco, a leading UK supplier of dehumidifiers and air purifiers, gives his top tips for preventing this annual winter nightmare.

Cut down the moisture you are producing:

  • Put lids on saucepans when you boil or steam vegetables.
  • Use an extractor fan when you bath or shower or open the window for 5 minutes afterwards.
  • Don’t dry washing on radiators, use a clothes horse and put it in a room with an extractor fan.
  • If drying clothes in a tumble dryer make sure it vents to outside.

Warm up your house:

  • Open curtains and blinds during the day to warm rooms up and to prevent moisture being trapped around the windows.
  • Don’t block up any air bricks
  • Don’t let furniture touch outside walls: leave a small gap.
  • Open doors on built in wardrobes on outside walls and try to avoid clothes and shoes from touching outside walls.
  • Keep gutters clear to make sure water does not spill down your walls
  • Don’t build patios above the damp course.

Consider buying a dehumidifier. This will help get rid of the excess moisture in your home, so preventing condensation, damp and mould, and will make your home drier and cheaper to heat. The Meaco DD8L Zambezi  dehumidifier has a Which? Best Buy Award, works well at low temperatures, is cheaper than using a tumble dryer to dry clothes, and adds warmth back into a room.

“If you do have a damp house, just turning up your heating in the winter will not get rid of condensation”, comments Chris Michael. “A damp house means damp air, and raising the heating thermostat will only heat up the wet air molecules, rather than raise the room temperature. A room will feel warmer if you are heating dry air. This is where a dehumidifier comes in. Follow the above advice and you will save on your heating bills and feel snug and healthy all winter!”

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About Meaco

Established in 1991, Meaco produces award-winning dehumidifiers, humidifiers and air purifiers distributed in over twenty countries throughout Europe and South Africa. The firm is the UK’s exclusive distributor of Mitsubishi Electric’s range of dehumidifiers, spares, and repairs. A winner of two Which? Best Buy awards, Meaco’s expertise is unrivalled, and its products cater for all needs, from home and industrial dehumidification to specialist areas such as boating, caravanning and swimming pools.

Meaco began by specialising in monitoring and control equipment for museums and art galleries. In 1992 the firm developed the world’s first radio based environmental monitoring system in conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and quickly established itself as one of the most important suppliers of humidity monitoring and control equipment to museums across Europe. In 2005 Meaco divested the museum side of the business to concentrate on manufacturing its own dehumidifier range.

Based in Guildford, Surrey, and an owner-managed business, Meaco is a socially aware company, sponsoring local sports including the Team GB kayaker Rachel Cawthorn who recently competed at the Rio Olympics. The firm is also heavily involved in supporting local mini and youth rugby and is a sponsor of the London Welsh club. For each unit sale of the firm’s Zambezi dehumidifier model a financial contribution is made to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to assist its elephant conservation work in Africa.

www.meaco.com

01483 234900

Press contact: brookscomm, alison@brookscomm.com, tel 01483 537890

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