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IFA Berlin Round-up

The Meaco team had a fantastic time promoting the latest products at the IFA Consumer Electronics show in Berlin, arguably the world’s biggest and most important event to showcase the latest technology and innovation.

Meaco’s stand at the IFA 2017 featured our 3 Which? award winning dehumidifiers, including the Zambezi, and our ultra-quiet wall mounted dehumidifiers. It was hard to miss – not many stands featured a giant image of an African elephant!

In case you didn’t know, Meaco have teamed up with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to help protect orphaned elephants in Zambia. A donation from the sale of each Zambezi product goes to help the work of the foundation and you can read more here. So far, we have already raised £21, 000 for the foundation.

Also, the MeacoClean air purifier was on display in the smoke chamber to demonstrate its multi-stage air purification, which proved popular with our stand visitors.

We had the chance to meet and catch up with buyers from Germany, Italy, Poland, France and Spain as well as our resellers from Norway and the Faroe Islands (pictured below).

A busy and tiring few days, but having beat last year’s enquiry level we couldn’t be happier!

 

buyers from Germany, Italy, Poland, France and Spain as well as our resellers from Norway and the Faroe Islands

buyers from Germany, Italy, Poland, France and Spain as well as our resellers from Norway and the Faroe Islands

3 Meaco dehumidifiers at the IFA Berlin show

All 3 Meaco dehumidifiers at the IFA Berlin show

Meaco Stand at the IFA Berlin tech show

Our Meaco Stand at the IFA Berlin tech show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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Recreating summer conditions on a cold winter day!

Recreating summer conditions on a cold winter day!

Many modern homes lack a suitable space in which to dry clothes, and with an increase in awareness of the energy consumption and cost of tumble dryers, many people are choosing to dry clothes passively, such as on radiators or a clothes horse. This is one of the major causes of condensation and mould in the home, especially in the colder months, when opening a window or drying clothes in the sun is not an option. As the clothes dry the moisture is released into the air and the air becomes damp, the room air feels colder, condensation forms on windows and mould grows faster.

A study by *Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit,(MEARU), The Glasgow School of Art, found a close relationship between these higher levels of moisture in a home and poor health. The research found that at least 15%-30% of moisture released as water vapour in homes, is attributable to indoor drying. These higher moisture levels are a potential health risk, being associated with dust mites, (one of the biggest causes of asthma), increased mould spore concentrations and generally poor indoor air quality.

The best way to dry clothes is on a washing line on a sunny day with a wind. Failing this, it is possible  to replicate these summer conditions inside  the home,  by using a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier dries the air and its fan creates the wind to help dry clothes effectively and quickly, just as if they were outside. Placing the dehumidifier in a small room dries the air faster achieving the low relative humidity that is needed to dry the clothes.

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. Zambezi has been recently awarded a Which? Best Buy offering more functionality, more control and more options than any other domestic dehumidifier on the market, including six world firsts.

Other dehumidifiers will just run and run regardless of the room conditions, Zambezi will sense that the air is dry enough for the clothes to dry and will reduce its energy consumption so that as little power as possible is being used. If possible it will switch into fan only mode and will only turn its dehumidification cycle back on if the relative humidity starts to rise again. So Zambezi will dry washing in the same time or faster than other desiccant dehumidifiers and yet use up to 600 watts less.

The combination of the energy saving intelligent Laundry + control, the high airflow and the rotating louvre makes Zambezi a cost viable alternative to a tumble dryer. According to Chris Michael, Director of Meaco, “one of the biggest feedbacks we get from customers is the cost saving benefits of using a dehumidifier rather than a tumble dryer. Many are concerned with the expense of running a tumble dryer, something The Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research also found. Another objection is that a tumble dryer takes up a lot of space, whereas a dehumidifier will easily tuck into a corner of the room, or can even be placed on a work surface. A tumble dryer may give a degree of certainly about how long the clothes will take to dry, but if set up correctly a dehumidifier can dry in a similar amount of time, and without any degradation of clothes.”

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With the sale of every Zambezi £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, Director of Meaco.

* http://www.gsa.ac.uk/media/486640/mearu_laundry_design_guide.pdf

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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