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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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Differences between the Meaco 12L Dehumidifiers

Differences between the Meaco 12L Dehumidifiers

We now have three quality 12L dehumidifiers in our range which is causing a bit of confusion for some customers and we get asked on a regular basis what the differences are between the three models.  They will all deal with your damp problems and help with condensation in a flat, apartment or a smaller house up to three bedrooms in size.  But which one is best for you?

Meaco “ABC” 12L

Each model has its own strong point so there are pros and cons to each model, depending on your requirements:

Best for Low Noise

Definitely the MeacoDry ABC 12L as at 35dB it is the quietest dehumidifier available.


Best for Low Energy Consumption

The Meaco 12L Low Energy dehumidifier has the lowest energy consumption of any 12L.

Best for Air Purification

Meaco 12L Low Energy

The Meaco 12L Low energy wins again because it is the only one to have a HEPA filter and it also has an air purification mode.


Best for reading the display

The Meaco 12L-AH wins here as it has a jumbo display making the numbers a lot easier to read.


Most manoeuvrable

Meaco 12L-AH

The Meaco 12L-AH is the only one of the three to have castors.

Best for design

A subjective one but many customers prefer the Meaco 12L-AH and they also comment that they like the way the numbers change colour depending on the humidity level.  The ABC range could also win here because it is available in five different colours.

Here’s a handy table that summarises and highlights the key differences:

 

At the end of the day which one is best for you depends on your needs but hopefully this short guide will help make the decision process easier for you.

Whichever Meaco dehumidifer you choose it will be covered by Meaco’s two year parts and labour warranty which can be extended to five years.

If you have any further questions not covered by this article then please email: sales@meaco.com  or call us on 01483 234900.

 

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Yachting World selects DD8L Zambezi as a damp buster

Yachting World selects DD8L Zambezi as a damp buster

Guidelines on choosing a suitable dehumidifier for yachts at sea is the subject of the November issue of Yachting World’s Gear Tested feature. We are delighted that the DD8L Zambezi has been rated as one of its top choices.

The article points out that anyone who owns a boat outside of the tropics would benefit from a good dehumidifier. As colder weather arrives, so does damp -one of the constant enemies of yacht owners. The purchase cost of a dehumidifier is a fraction of what damp and mould damage will cost you.

Yachting World points out that unless you have a permanent crew armed with chamois leathers or can ventilate the yacht by opening a hatch (which isn’t generally possible during winter months when a boat is unused), then the only other option is to reduce humidity. This is where a dehumidifier comes in.

Yachting World prefers a desiccant dehumidifier, as they work better than compressors in cooler temperatures and produce warm air in the process. Desiccants are also more portable and quieter. They do warn about insurance policies and leaving a dehumidifier on for long periods of time, though the sophistication and safety of today’s models means faults are rare.

The magazine concludes that dehumidifiers are an essential investment to protect the interiors of a yacht over the winter months.

The DD8L Zambezi has a Which? Best Buy Award and is a great choice for any boat owner. The desiccant dehumidifier has a host of safety features to protect against electrical and corrosion concerns. Its three litre tank can drain into a sink via a hose, eliminating the worry of emptying the tank when the yacht is left for long periods of time. The lack of castors also means it will not roll around on board. Additionally if the power fails, the DD8L Zambezi will just restart in the mode it was previously in.

Yachting World concludes it is “a great all-rounder that consistently gets top reviews.”

Yachting World is a monthly magazine focusing on yachting and sailing that has been in circulation since 1894. The full article is in the November 2018 issue.

Shop the Zambezi DD8L here:
Zambezi DD8L

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