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Going the extra mile for Meaco customers.

The customer experience is pivotal to everything we do here at Meaco. We pride ourselves on our commitment to providing a premium service and products which will help support consumers in achieving the most comfortable home environment. With this in mind, we are always delighted to receive feedback from happy customers. Just last week, we were contacted by Mr and Mrs Frost, who had mistakenly purchased a product which didn’t quite fulfil their expectations.

The Meaco team worked with the customers to understand their requirements, providing details of alternative models which would better ‘fit the bill’.  The couple decided upon the DD8L Junior, which better suited their needs.

The DD8L Junior is no stranger to great feedback, winning both the Practical Boat Owner and the Sailing Today dehumidifier tests. Whilst the unit is perfect for use on boats, it is also great for domestic home use too (up to five bedrooms) and garnered exceptional feedback from the Frosts.

Meaco DD8L Junior Award Winning dehumidifier

Meaco DD8L Junior

“ Last night we tested our new dehumidifier and it was terrific. Really it works exceptionally well in just the way we need it to …you have all been extremely helpful, knowledgeable and efficient.”

The DD8L Junior provides both energy and cost efficiency, as well as innovative features which ensure your target humidity is achieved to stabilise the surrounding environment.

The focus which was placed on ensuring that Mr and Mrs Frost were provided with a product which would provide the best experience is something which we take great pride in and seems to have been very well received by the couple.

“I don’t think we have ever experienced such a high level of Customer Service. Meaco is not a brand we have purchased previously but we can assure you it will be at the top of our list from now on and we will definitely be recommending you to all our friends and fellow sailing people down at the marina.

Thank you once again and best wishes for future success – you deserve it.!”

We like to think that this perception of the Meaco approach is comprehensively echoed amongst our customer-base and we wish Mr and Mrs Frost the very best with their DD8L Junior – just one of the many great Meaco products available.

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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.

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Practical Boat Owner reviews new ABC Dehumidifer

Fantastic to see our new “ABC” range of dehumidifiers in Practical Boat Owner magazine, who described dehumidifiers as “great for keeping the interior of a boat dry during Autumn and Winter”.

Practical Boat Owner is a publication focusing on the boating community, providing a source of information for boat owners, that’s been successfully running for over 50 years. You can read the full article in this month’s edition.

Many people like to use a dehumidifier to protect their boat and belongings over winter. Organic material in particular is prone to damage from excess moisture which explains why cushions and bedding often smells musty when you return to your boat in spring.

Two years of research was spent developing the MeacoDry ABC, resulting in an ultra-quiet, low-cost product. According to Practical Boat Owner “ many dehumidifiers are noisy, which is an issue if you’re spending more than a few hours on board”. At just 35 decibels (db) in low fan speed and 40db in high fan speed, the MeacoDry ABC pushes the boundaries for low noise levels, and will ensure you get a good night’s sleep. Available in two sizes, 10 or 12 litres, they are small and lightweight, important when carrying a dehumidifier between a car and the boat. It also has easy to use controls and display. The MeacoDry ABC is low on energy consumption with running costs of just 2.45p per hour based on 15.2p/kWh, making it a cost-effective and practical solution to help remedy ongoing moisture issues

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Why boatowners should use a dehumidifier over winter

Many people like to use a dehumidifier to protect their boat and their belongings over winter. Organic material in particular is prone to damage from excess moisture which explains why cushions and bedding often smells musty when you return to your boat in spring. Anything paper based like books, pictures or for the old school – maps, can absorb moisture and curl up while wood and veneer can also be attacked.

If your boat is laid up near to a power supply then you can use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels down and to prevent potential damage.

Choosing your dehumidifier consider:

• The boat will be unheated over winter and not all dehumidifiers work well in the cold.
• You are likely to be carrying this dehumidifier between a car and the boat, so weight comes into consideration.
• If your boat is still on the water then avoid a dehumidifier with castors as it will roll around.
• All dehumidifiers have the ability to drain water away continuously so don’t worry too much about that.

A desiccant dehumidifier operates well in cold conditions, so choosing a desiccant rather than a compressor dehumidifier is best for boats, and they tend to be lighter, and do not have castors.

Once you have your dehumidifier on board here is how to get the best out of it.

• Place the dehumidifier on a level surface, the galley side.
• Use a RCD because you are using an electrical appliance on your boat and it will be unattended most of the time. The boat owner must still clean the filter and check the quality of his/her RCD and power supply.
• Drain the water away using a hose into a sink (otherwise the dehumidifier will turn itself off when it is full and you will need to go back to the boat every day to empty the tank).
• Use as little hose as possible and don’t leave excess curled up in the sink. Too much hose will create a negative air pressure and the water will not flow down the hose, the tank will fill and the dehumidifier will turn off.
• Don’t use a plug-in timer switch with your dehumidifier. This is like giving your appliance a power cut twice a day and will damage it in the long run. Desiccant dehumidifiers have a cool down time system after power off and the plug-in timer stops this from happening and compromises safety and shortens the dehumidifier’s lifespan.
• Seal the boat up the best you can. You don’t want to be dehumidifying the whole of Britain.
• Leave the internal doors open so that the damp air in the boat can migrate towards the dehumidifier and be dried.

Keeping the costs down

• A desiccant dehumidifier has a heater inside it as part of the desiccant regeneration process. The Meaco desiccant dehumidifiers have two heater settings at 330 watts and 650 watts. So by setting the dehumidifier to single fan speed the heater will never go above 330 watts and by selecting a humidity setting of 60%rh you will keep the humidity in the boat sensible but minimise the dehumidifiers running time.
• For those that like to have some background heat in the boat the 330 watts from the desiccant dehumidifier can be seen as an alternative to having a tubular heating on board in winter.
• The dehumidifier will run less if you have the boat sealed, this saves energy as well.
• For those desperate to minimise the dehumidifier’s run time the Meaco DD8L Zambezi is the only desiccant dehumidifier to have Daily Run Timer so it can be set to switch on and off at set times and will shut down safely each time.
• When you do visit the boat clean your filter, this will increase the lifespan of the dehumidifier and will keep it efficient ensuring that your running costs are reduced.

When buying the right product for you, the DD8L Junior would do the job just fine. If you want to restrict the hours of operation then buy the DD8L Zambezi with its Daily Run Timer.

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Why Desiccant Dehumidifiers are NOT always better at Low Temperature

The reason why this question comes up is because compressor dehumidifiers extract less water as the temperature and/or relative falls and costs more money per litre of water as the conditions fall.

The Meaco DD8L Desiccant dehumidifier is very popular for use in a garage where the temperature will drop over winter.

The Meaco DD8L Desiccant dehumidifier is very popular for use in a garage where the temperature will drop over winter.

Desiccant dehumidifiers on the other hand are pretty much consistent and their performance does not change much as temperature falls or rises.

It used to be the standard fall back (probably started by myself to be honest) that a good rule of thumb was to recommend compressor dehumidifiers above 16°C and desiccant dehumidifiers below this point. This was a good guide but advancements in design have clouded this advice.

The dehumidifiers that are creating confusion here are two from the Meaco Platinum Range, the Meaco 20L Low Energy Dehumidifier and the Meaco 25L Low Energy Dehumidryer. Both compressor dehumidifiers extract more water at 15°C than a desiccant dehumidifiers and using around a third of the energy.

At 10°C the Meaco 20L Low Energy extracts between 1.8 and 5.12 litres of water per day which is slightly less than a desiccant but only a little bit less and yet it extracts this water for less than 200 watts.

The 25L model extracts slightly more water using similar energy levels and therefore confuses the agreement further.

Below 10°C below things are more straightforward and the case for desiccant is stronger.

If your application is in the home then the low noise level of the desiccant dehumidifier or the extra heat that they produce might be seen as a positive and might move you towards buying a desiccant. Most cold applications though are outside the home (in a garage, on a boat or in a caravan for example) and in which case all of our desiccants and both of the above models come with auto-restart in case of a power cut.

So when you are looking for a low temperature dehumidifier consider these two compressor models as well and then look at the bigger picture in terms of the extra feature all of the contending models have to offer, for example;

  • The sterlising ioniser on Zambezi or Zambezi’s Daily Run Timer.
  • The optional HEPA filters on the 12L and 20L Low Energy dehumidifiers.
  • The Laundry drying capabilities of the Dehumidryer.
  • The lightweight of the DD8L and DD8L Junior.
  • Are you likely to use it in a warmer space in the future?

If you are unsure then the other option is to just call us for a chat on 01483 234900.