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Students unsatisfied with damp accommodation – Landlords take action today!

A recent report from Save The Student (a money saving website for students) reveals responses and statistics gathered from over 2000 students regarding their experiences with rented accommodation. The National Student Accommodation Survey details what student accommodation is really like, how much it costs, and what the biggest housing issues are for student renters.

The survey discloses that over half of the students (54%) rent rooms or houses from private landlords and estate agents, and almost every single student tenant (90%) experienced issues with housing. 

35% of students claimed that they have had problems with damp in their accommodation, making it one of the most common causes of aggrievement for student renters. The survey goes into more detail to highlight how 1 in 10 students waits more than a month for a resolution (that includes those who never see their issue fixed) and that only 45% of reported issues are resolved within a week.

New laws affecting student landlords

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act which came into effect today places a greater responsibility on landlords and letting agents to resolve damp and other housing issues. Student tenants now have the right to challenge their landlord with legal action if they fail to rectify reported housing issues. The new Housing Act comes into force, covering private and social renters – as long as they don’t have tenancies longer than seven years – and common areas of buildings are covered as well as individual rooms. It will make landlords more accountable for conditions in their properties, and that they meet certain standards throughout a tenancy.

How to remedy damp in student accommodation

Meaco “ABC” – a perfect remedy for damp in rental properties.

To avoid this becoming an aggravating and potentially expensive issue, preventive measures can be taken to reduce damp and the associated health problems that can arise as a result. Using a Meaco dehumidifier can make a big difference to damp.  The MeacoDry ‘ABC’ range is our quietest model that comes at an affordable price. It’s whisper quiet operating sound makes it perfectly suited for use in a flat or small household, reducing moisture in the air and helping to dry washing indoors (which in a shared student house is often a leading cause of damp). Moreover, this dehumidifier is remarkably energy efficient, costing just 2.45p/hour based on 15.2p/kWh making it cheap to run for the tenants.

If the damp issue is more serious, perhaps structural, then a dehumidifier will help reduce the symptoms of damp whilst remedial repairs are being made.

In summary, a dehumidifier can remedy damp issues making the accommodation more comfortable for students, whilst potentially saving landlords a lot of money in light of the new Housing Act.

To find out more about our full range of home dehumidifiers click here: https://www.meaco.com/dehumidifier

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Landlords: you can now be sued for cold or damp homes under new laws

From 20 March 2019, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act will make landlords more accountable for conditions in their properties. As a landlord you will have to make sure your properties meet certain standards at the beginning and throughout a tenancy. For the first time this will include problems caused by damp and mould.

Conflict with a tenant often arises when there is a problem with damp and mould, and who has responsibility for the problem. If the issue has been allowed to drag on, the tenants’ health and possessions could be affected and you could find yourself facing high costs for repairs and refurbishment.

With damp, the first action point is to check if there is a structural fault or a lack of ventilation.  In combination with this a solution will often be to buy a dehumidifier. This removes the excess moisture from the air created by ‘lifestyle issues’ (bathing, cooking, drying washing, breathing etc). It would also reduce any increase in the room’s relative humidity whilst the tenant waits for repairs to be undertaken. In many cases a dehumidifier alone will solve the problem.

What can landlords do about this?

Condensation on walls is a sign that a situation is bad but it does not necessarily mean that there is a structural issue. It could just be that the outside air is very cold, the walls have little or no insulation and the level of moisture inside is high. Improved wall insulation can help but the internal level of moisture stills needs to be reduced.

Meaco “ABC” – perfect for preventing damp in rented properties.

This new law will increase pressure on landlords to be proactive with regards to damp problems. Meaco’s Managing Director Chris Michael, an expert on humidity issues says:

“To prevent damp, mould and condensation becoming a conflict area use a dehumidifier on a regular basis. We recommend the Meaco “ABC” for rented properties.  They are our quietest ever dehumidifier which means they can discreetly get on with the job of removing up to 12 litres per day of moisture from the air without disturbing tenants. The “ABC” is competitively priced, economic on electricity bills, comes in a range of stylish colours and is light enough to be moved from room to room. They’re also very effective in helping dry washing which in rented properties is often a major contributor to damp conditions.”

To find out more about the Meaco ABC range click here. To view our entire range of Meaco Home Dehumidifiers click here.

 

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How to protect a classic car in storage from damp and cold

At Meaco we’re always prepared to go the extra mile. This was the case when classic car owner Colin got in touch with concerns about how to protect his Lotus from the damp and chilly British winter.

Leaving a cherished classic car unused can do more harm than running it through the winter. In a damp garage untreated metal quickly rusts and corrodes, whilst mould flourishes in carpets and on leather upholstery. The first drive of spring can lead to misery and costly repair bills for many enthusiasts.

Having recently purchased a vintage Lotus, Colin was keen to maintain the pristine condition of the vehicle when stored. He decided to build his own environmentally controlled garage for this purpose.

During the design phase of this project Colin identified the need for an appliance to remove moisture. He got in touch with Meaco to seek advice on which

Meaco 25L fitted in custom garage

dehumidifier would be best suited for the job. The Meaco team were able to explain the merits of our desiccant and compressor dehumidifiers to Colin. As he had already planned to use PIR insulation panels and a 160W tube heater within the new garage to maintain temperature it became clear that the Meaco 25L ultra low energy compressor dehumidifier from our platinum range would be the most suitable model.

With construction and installation completed in Autumn, Colin has reflected and shared with us his feedback on how the dehumidifier has performed so far this winter:

“Humidification control

The Meaco (25L) ultra-low energy compressor dehumidifier works well.

The controller starts the compressor every 30 mins samples the humidity and pulls down to the humidity set point then shuts down for a further 30mins. I have it on the lowest fan speed (150m3/hour) running about 200W.

Without the car in (so almost twice the air volume) it reduced the humidity from 87% to the set point of 55% in less than 4 minutes; as the garage is very well sealed, I expect it not to drift up two much between cycles so expect it to shut down in even shorter times between the 30 mins timer.

I piped up the dehumidifier to continuously drain to the outside of the ‘garage’.

Low temp control heater

I set the thermostat to 5 degC on the tube space heater, I don’t expect it to kick in as the dried air exiting the dehumidifier is reheated by the (refrigerant)

Meaco front and centre!

condenser and the level of insulation / sealing of the garage space is so effective. However, it is there just in case (the ‘insurance policy’) to ensure the dehumidifier is always in operating range (above 5 degC) and accordingly I installed the heater adjacent and below the dehumidifiers air inlet.

Low energy usage

This has been quite satisfying to see; I have a monitoring system on my electrical usage that records to a website database. The household base load of circa 250W kicks up by circa 200w every 30 mins and stays higher for only a few minutes before the dehumidifier shuts down again; so, it really is low energy use.

Conclusion

The new garage is performing well and is actually a much better storage environment for cars than even the garage integral to my house. The Meaco dehumidifier is running very well and really is ultra (ultra) low energy usage. 🙂

Glad it is all done, and thanks for your assistance.

Colin”

We’re delighted with this feedback, with this setup we’re confident that Colin will have many more years of happy motoring memories with his Lotus. Our team are always pleased to offer expert advice on all things relating to humidity.  To find out more about our award winning Meaco 25L Low Energy dehumidifier click here.

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Advice for allergy sufferers

The spring season triggers the onset of many allergies, and especially with humid days, pollen in the air and potential dust mites, it’s worth investing in a dehumidifier and an air purifer to help combat many of these issues, helping allergy sufferers.

According to Asthma UK and Allergy UK, 5.4 million UK residents are currently receiving treatment for asthma, including a staggering 1.1 million children.

Many of the causes are airborne, such as exposure to grass and tree pollen, dust mites, mould and household chemicals. Hayfever is the most commonly experienced allergy and approx. 35% of the UK population will be affected by at least one form of allergy at some point in their lives.

Here’s some tips and advice to reduce the likelihood of allergies:

Medication

See you doctor before the season starts, usually between the months late March through to September. There are a variety of medication options and remedies available, the NHS online is a great place to explore.

Pollen forecasts

It’s worth making the effort to check the Met Office pollen forecast, which is available five days in advance. The site also offer in depth pollen patterns helping you to plan for your day, week or month accordingly.

Indoor drying

Whilst it’s tempting to make the most of warm summer days, try to avoid drying clothes when the pollen count is high as the pollen in the air will no doubt stick to your clothes, and therefore will seap into your house afterwards.

Spring clean

Spring clean your house before Spring. Dust and dust mites increase the onset of Hayfever and similar allergies and therefore reducing and regularly removing dust all around your house in advance of the allergy season will ease the causes of allergies.

Cleaner air

Another great way to reduce the likelihood of allergies is to combat it at the source. Investing in an air purifier to clean the air and remove harmful, irritating particles will help you breath better. Placing an air purifier in the bedroom for example, will make the room an allergy free haven!

There are so many options to meet a variety of needs from personal use and ad hoc use, to industrial and commercial needs. Meaco’s range of products are extensive and it’s worth exploring the types to suit your specific needs and wants.

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Meaco in London Evening Standard 2018

We are pleased to have Meaco featured in Evening Standard, for a number of great reasons which you can read about here.

Ever wondered what exactly a dehumidifier is and why it is an important addition to your household?

In simple terms, a dehumidifier works to remove excess moisture in the air by sucking up the air, extracting the moisture required and blowing it out into the room again. From time to time the build up of excess water will need to be emptied.

A dehumidifier tackles issues surrounding too much condensation on windows, wet stains on walls or even ceilings, mouldy, strange musty scents and whilst on occupations these issues aren’t a trouble, when left without solutions the situations get worse, costing more money in the long run. To be on the safe side, it’s best to ensure you use a dehumidifier as soon as you spot initial red flags, in order to successfully prevent the further onset of structural damage to your home.

Forget increasing the heating, as this only serves to increase the overall temperature, rather than rectifying the increased levels of moisture in the air. Investing in a dehumidifier is certainly worth doing in the long run, especially if you can be strategic with how and where you place the dehumidifier within your home, or commercial setting.

We definitely advise placing them in areas you experience excess moisture or where ventilation is less prevalent:

  • Basements
  • Garages
  • Kitchens
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Spas, gyms or pool houses
  • Warehouses
  • Utility rooms

There are so many options to meet a variety of needs from personal use and ad hoc use, to industrial and commercial dehumidifier needs. Meaco’s range of products are extensive and it’s worth exploring the types to suit your specific needs and wants here.

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