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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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Keep snug and dry in winter

Keeping home snug and dry in cold winter weather

With snow predicted and temperatures falling, preventing damp and the build-up of moisture in a 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. 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 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. 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.

Meaco (U.K.) Limited, recently launched the Meaco DD8L Zambezi  dehumidifier, designed and developed to address the many problems home 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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Don’t Let Winter Ruin Your Boat – Yachting Monthly

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.  The moisture becomes trapped within a boat and when it comes into contact with the colder surfaces it starts to condense.

Meaco in Yachting Monthly

Preventing damp and mould by opening a window to bring in fresh air will work 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, when a boat is left empty and unheated for long periods, and contains possessions that are sensitive to changes in moisture, then there is a potential for damage if they absorb and hold the excess moisture in the air. In our example, if air comes into an unheated space at 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 due to insulation but unless it is (in this example) 5°C warmer, the incoming air will not dry below 60%rh. This is the upper end of a ‘safe’ relative humidity zone by conservation experts.

One of the biggest worries for many boat owners is how to prevent such damage in the winter months when conditions are cold and wet. Nothing is worse than returning to a boat after the winter, or even just a few weeks, to be welcomed to a musty smell, an indication of a damp or mould problem.

Every day we have people who call us to say that they are suffering from mould or musty smells over winter. The Meaco DD8L Zambezi will combat these issues and offers more functionality, more control and more options then any other domestic dehumidifier on the market today.

We were very pleased to find our Meaco DD8L Zambezi featured in the December issue of Yachting Monthly in 2016. You can purchase yours  here.

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Drying clothes in winter the cost effective way

One of the major causes of condensation and mould in the home is drying clothes on radiators or a clothes horse in the winter. 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.

All dehumidifiers claim that they help to dry laundry but some do it better than others! Your granny will tell you that the best way to dry washing on the line in summer is on a warm, dry and windy day.web_res_nov15_013

It is therefore not a huge surprise to learn that the best way to dry washing indoors is by recreating those summer conditions. Dehumidifiers create the dry air and the fan creates the wind but that wind has to hit the washing for the clothes to dry effectively and quickly. This is where the rotating louvre comes in, driving the dry air across the clothes, up and down, over and over again – you can even direct the air left or right if you have heavier clothes that need extra drying time.

Customers who use a dehumidifier to dry their clothes put the clothes and the clothes horse into a small room with the dehumidifier next to them. Using a small room enables the dehumidifier to dry the air faster and achieve the low relative humidity that you need to dry the clothes.

In response to 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. Zambezi has been awarded a Which? Best Buy offering more functionality, more control and more options than any other domestic dehumidifier on the market.  It has an attention to detail never seen before and offers more options than any other dehumidifier, 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 could dry your washing in the same time or faster than other desiccant dehumidifiers and yet use around 600 watts less.

The combination of the energy saving intelligent Laundry + control, the high airflow and the rotating louvre makes Zambezi a viable alternative to a tumble dryer and the preferred choice to dry your washing with a dehumidifier.

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.

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