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Meaco Dehumidifier Wins Platinum Award

In their December issue T3 reviewed the Meaco DD8L, in a head-to-head against a competitor model and it came out on top, winning T3’s Platinum Award and scoring 5 stars! Top marks!

Also, the Meaco 25L Ultra Low energy dehumidifier was featured in the same issue, in the ‘best of the best‘ feature, within the Best of Living section.

We are pleased that the various Meaco models are consistently rated high and it is great to learn that the publication ‘marvelled at the eight litres of moisture the DD8L extracted daily’.

The Meaco DD8L model is a perfect addition for smaller, damp-prone homes or even offices. It is relatively quiet and helps allergy sufferers with its built-in ioniser and anti-bacterial filter.

Meaco featured and reviewed in T3’s latest December issue

Investing in a dehumidifier will provide a wealth of health benefits. We have collated the top reasons to add a Meaco to your Christmas list below…

  • Dehumidifiers extract moisture from the air. This in turn ensures the onset of dust mites, mould and mildew is reduced by creating an inhospitable environment for them.
  • Dehumidifiers help prevent Asthma attacks by reducing the triggers such as dust mites, mould etc. and helps improve respiratory problems, along with Air Purifiers.
  • Dehumidifiers are unobtrusive, running quietly in the background, needing little maintenance.
  • By reducing the build up of mould and damp, clothes will dry faster and musty smells will be no more!
  • Dehumidifiers significantly minimise the onset of condensation by extracting as much excess water from the air as possible

These benefits are also outlined in Meaco’s latest TV advertising. Have you spotted our adverts yet? If you have, tweet us.

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Chris Michael’s Expertise recognised in Ideal Home

There are not many homes that will not suffer from damp or mould at some stage. During the winter months, preventing damp and the build-up of moisture in a home can be a headache. Second homes are particularly susceptible to this problem, especially when left vacant for long periods. Valuable and cherished possessions risk being damaged. Even if a property is regularly lived in, some properties habitually suffer from damp, due to their location (perhaps built against the side of a hill) or age, posing a risk to possessions.

As the temperature falls, condensation rises, creating moisture on windows each morning, which will eventually cause mould and damp. Condensation is particularly noticeable in conservatories, which can be dripping with water at this time of year! 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.

This is where a dehumidifier comes in. Dehumidifiers quite simply are appliances that remove excessive moisture and humidity in the air. 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.

Amy Cutmore from Ideal Home, has recently published an article about how to deal with this seasonal problem, with expert commentary from Chris Michael, Managing Director of Meaco. She looks at: What causes damp, What type of damp you might be suffering from, and ideas on how to deal with it.

You can read the full article here: http://www.idealhome.co.uk/project-advice/how-to-get-rid-of-damp-185033 

She touches on:

  • Condensation: the most common form of damp, often caused by poor heating and ventilation, and from cooking
  • Rising damp: when water enters a structure from the ground
  • Penetrating damp: when water enters a building from outside and moves through the walls (a leak from the chimney stack, a leaking gutter perhaps)

Amy gives suggestions on how to handle this:

  • Fungicidal sprays
  • Opening windows, however, this not always feasible in cold wet weather!
  • Deal with steam from cooking
  • Insulate

And finally, another great tip is to invest in a dehumidifier, such as the Which? and Best Buy 2016/17 Meaco DD8L Zambezi Dehumidifier.

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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.

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


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.


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.


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