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Meaco launches range of slimline stylish wall mounted dehumidifiers

MeacoWall is the latest range from Meaco (U.K.) Limited, part of its award-winning Platinum Range of commercial low energy dehumidifiers.  An advanced and stylish solution for humidity control where wall mounting is an important requirement, MeacoWall is ideal for use in gyms, data centres, swimming pools, for drying uniforms, and in storage applications in both the historical and industrial sectors.

Available in three sizes, 53L, 72L, and 103L, the main benefits of the new range include reduced running costs and noise levels, better energy efficiency, and a design that incorporates a front glass panel giving a stylish, modern look, that is often lacking in commercial products.  MeacoWall is designed to be wall mounted so is unobtrusive, and safe to use in high footfall public spaces.

At just 202mm deep these dehumidifiers are probably the slimmest wall mounting dehumidifiers on the market and as such will not protrude far into a room.  New features include the incorporation of a DC fan motor that helps to reduce running costs and keeps noise levels very low, to just 44dB for the 53 litre model and just one decibel extra for the 72 litre model, a figure that many domestic dehumidifiers would struggle to match.  As a heat pump compressor dehumidifier, all energy used in the drying process is sent back to the space thus delivering dry, warm air whilst keeping energy costs down.

A unique glass finish means they look great, coming in a white casing with either a white or black glass front panel that incorporates the light touch LED. Installation is flexible with the option of continuous drainage from either the right or left hand side of the dehumidifier. An automatic hot gas defrost system allows use in spaces where heating is limited with continuous performance right down to 10°C, something that most wall mounted dehumidifiers cannot do as they are often designed with just the warmer swimming pool sector in mind. For swimming pool applications, the refrigeration coils are specially coated to ensure a long service life.

Meaco (U.K.) Limited Managing Director Chris Michael said “We have worked really hard on these designs over the past two years and are delighted that they are now available.  We really felt that as well as making the internals as efficient as possible we should spend as much time on the external design as well.  Who said that it is acceptable for a commercial dehumidifier to look ugly just because it is not being used in the home?  We felt that these products deserved to look great on the outside as well as being beautiful on the inside as well.”

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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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Preventing Damp Over Winter

Preventing damp over winter

Preventing damp and the build-up of moisture can often be remedied by simply opening a window. But in a second home, boat, caravan or garage left vacant for long periods over winter, this is not an option

One of the biggest worries over winter, is how to keep a second home, caravan, boat or even a garage dry, to avoid damage from the damp, cold British winter. Nothing is worse than returning during the winter, even after just a few weeks, to be welcomed by a musty smell, which is an indication of a damp or mould problem. How to protect personal possessions and soft furnishings can be a worry for most owners. Musty smells caused by 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.  Simply opening a window is not a solution, and 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.

In response to these problems and after several years of feedback from customers, Meaco (U.K.) Limited, the UK’s leading dehumidifier specialists, recently launched the Meaco DD8L Zambezi  dehumidifier, designed and developed to address the many problems home owners were encountering. Many found that compressor dehumidifiers would not work well at temperatures below 15 degrees, and there were often problems with the machines icing up. The Meaco DD8L Zambezi addressed these issues, functioning consistently well at all temperatures, plus introduced many new features to address the problems these customers were having.

Director of Meaco, Chris Michael, explained. “Every day we have people who call us to say that they are suffering from mould or musty smells and want protection over winter.  Zambezi can do that easily and has the added advantage of adding some warmth to the air, helpful during the winter months.  As it is a desiccant dehumidifier it does not have a compressor, refrigerant or cooling coils which makes it lighter, quieter and kinder on the environment when it has to be recycled at the end of its lifespan.  Zambezi has just scooped a 2016 Which ? Best Buy, building on the success of the 2014 and 2015 Which? Best Buy Meaco DD8L dehumidifier, and adds in unique features suggested by customers that result in it featuring 6 unique World Firsts.”

One of the most requested features was to have a Daily Run Timer to turn the dehumidifier on and off at particular times, so taking advantage of off-peak electricity hours. The Zambezi DD8L is the first domestic dehumidifier in its class to offer this unique Timer + control.

Another concern was that the water needed to be drained away continuously and auto-restart if there was a power cut, re-starting in the correct mode. The Zambezi will drain straight into a sink via a hose, and if there is a power cut it will turn itself back on and start working again when the power is restored, and the humidistat ensures that it does not try to over dry and energy usage is conserved.  Another world first, the Meaco Control 20+ ensures that if the owner has left the dehumidifier in the wrong setting Zambezi will automatically adjust itself to achieve the humidity conditions the owner desires.

In line with Meaco’s socially aware ethos, and what makes Zambezi unique, is for every sale £2.00 goes to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to assist their Elephant conservation work in Africa. “Our hope is that it will raise awareness not only of the benefits of dehumidifiers as a way of improving our customer’s quality of life but also the life of Africa’s orphaned elephants,” explained Chris Michael.

Finally, another concern was the cost of running a dehumidifier. In response to this Chris Michael suggested, “if they close up any vents to prevent air exchanges with outside and use the intelligent electronic humidistat then the cost over the course of a whole winter can be less than replacing a set of mouldy cushions!”

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Meaco DD8L Zambezi RRP £249.99

 

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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Behind the Scenes at Meaco HQ!

Here is our latest video taking you behind the scenes of the Meaco office and giving you a little bit of an insight to our history and what drives us to make the best possible dehumidifiers.

Filmed recently at the Meaco offices in Guildford it was a lot of fun to make and I am sure that one day we will put together a very funny blooper real from the out-takes!

If you ever have a question about your dehumidifier or air purifier or perhaps you are unsure about what to buy then please do call us and now, thanks to this video, you will know what we all look like!

At Meaco we have been involved in air treatment since 1991 and it is something that we are passionate about.  What we are looking to try and do is to educate people about the benefits of using a dehumidifier and making sure that customer always end up with the right dehumidifier for their personal needs.

This is why we write so many blog posts to try and cover all of the different options and to update things as the technology changes and products become more advanced.

For example it used to be the case that the rule of thumb was to use a compressor dehumidifier above 16°C and a desiccant dehumidifier below 16°C but now the 20L Low Energy and the 25L Low Energy break that rule as they are the first compressor dehumidifiers to offer really good extraction right down to 10°C.

It can be confusing selecting the right dehumidifier or air purifier so please do not think twice about contacting us and asking whatever questions you have, we have heard it all before and are happy to help.

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Meaco Brand Dehumidifier Figures for 2013

Last year our sales of dehumidifiers increased by 82% in comparison with our previous best ever year of 2012.  This was a huge jump in volume and probably could of been higher if our ordering crystal ball was of better quality, but these things are easy in hindsight.

This is three years in a row now whereby we have had huge increases in sales and is made up of both a strong performance at home and increased exports.  In the UK our indenpendent retailers all reported a large growth in sales and abroad sales doubled.

Export is a major part of our business having grown from 3% of turnover in 2010 to 28% of a much larger turnover in 2013.  This is an area where we feel that there is still a lot more that we can do and achieve and is a major focus area for the business.

In the UK our dehumidifiers can be found in the High Street thanks to John Lewis, Maplins and various independent resellers and online via specialist dehumidifier resellers like the Airconcentre, AppliancesDirect and DehumidifiersUK to name but a few.  A search on Google for Meaco Dehumidifiers will bring up a much wider list.

When stock comes in we always ship it out to resellers first which is why we are often out of stock at www.meaco.com but you will find plenty of stock with our resellers the majority of the time.

Things look strong for 2014 already.  In January we sold more dehumidifiers than we did in the first three months of 2013 and we are increasing production once again to try and keep up with demand.

Thank you to all customers who have supported the Meaco brand and a huge thank you to all of our staff and resellers who work so hard to look after all of those customers.

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