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Preparing your home for winter

The transition into winter sees the weather getting colder, damper and darker. This can lead to a miserable situation if your house is damp and cold. It’s extremely important to ensure you’re doing everything you can to avoid damage to your property and belongings as a result of this change in weather. Another factor that is often neglected is that cold, wet environments can lead to illness, painful joints and even more serious illnesses.

Damp is probably the biggest issue that the cold, wet, weather brings. The cold air can hold a lot of water vapor which can lead to damage and problems if not dried out. The best way to counter this issue is by using a dehumidifier, which sucks the moisture out of the air and collects it in a water tank. Our 10L ABC Range is energy efficient, quiet and suitable for all budgets.


There’s nothing worse than getting into a freezing cold bed. It’s also been proven that its unhealthy for your joints to get into a bed that’s too cold. Therefore, investing in a heater is a brilliant way to heat up a certain room. Our Meacoheat Motion Eye heater is perfect for the job, with its own built-in timer so you’re still in control even when you’re not physically able to turn it off.

Luxury This is the icing on the cake, but it’s definitely not a necessity. A heated blanket is a guaranteed way, when combined with a heater, to get into a nice warm bed with a toasty bedroom atmosphere. A lovely, relaxing end to a hard, cold day.

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How to pick the right fan

The choices for fans are endless, from pedestal, tower, desk, circulator, the list goes on! With so many choices it can be tricky to know and understand which type will suit your needs and provide the key benefits. Are you unsure what type of fan you should buy to keep cool this year? We’ve explored the key ones with our advice to help you pick.


The traditional and most common type of fan is the pedestal, a floor mounted fan with three feet at the base, or, sometimes, a circular plate for balance.  The pedestal fan is good at moving a large amount of air within a room and normally can deliver that air through a right/left arc, sometimes up and down as well.  Height of the fan head can normally be adjusted.

Noise and appearance are the two major drawbacks with pedestal fans.  The new generation of DC fans do offer a lower noise level, but they tend not to offer the same height as traditional AC fans. It is best to check that a DC version will be tall enough before buying.

Pedestal fans are not going to win many style awards and this is one of the major drawbacks.

Tower Fans

These have a sleeker look to a pedestal fan and take up less floor space, but they move a lot less air, and because that air is being forced through a smaller space, they can be a lot noisier.  So, you end up using them on the quietest setting and then have a smaller air flow. These are very popular in bedrooms, where there is often a lack of space and a smaller air flow can be adequate to achieve the desired results.

Not all tower fans are as tall as they seem, so again watch out for height. It’s worth double-checking that the dimensions of the fan are in line with what you require, especially in the bedroom, as you will need a tall fan to move the air above the level of the bed.

The newer DC versions offer a quieter experience, so worth exploring.

Desk/Table Fan

This is basically a pedestal fan with no legs, or a tower fan without the height. Make sure you have sufficient space on your desk.

A desk fan might not be the most aesthetically pleasing and noise may be an issue, but the air flow will be smarter than that of a pedestal fan due to the smaller blade size.

Table fans have the advantage of being small enough to position anywhere you need them, as long as they are in reach of a power socket.

Air Circulators/Whole Room Air Circulators

This category means different things to different people. In the UK the air circulator has always been the larger, commercial, usually metal encased floor mounted fan with large blades, designed to move a large amount of air in a medium to large space.  Not generally used in the home or office because they will blow all of your paperwork all over the place and would make a heck of a noise!

In Asia the air circulator is much more of an all-purpose fan for use all year round in a domestic or office setting.  These types of fans are now available in the UK and the rest of Europe.

They are used for a variety of purposes;

  • To provide a cooling breeze as we would do in the summer.
  • To push cold air from an air conditioner more evenly around the room.
  • To dry laundry.
  • To move air towards an air purifier

And they can be used in the winter. That’s right, a fan can be used in winter to help spread heated air more evenly around a room or to stop air from being trapped up at the ceiling.

They can do all of this because they combine a large air flow with up/down, left and right oscillation so they are moving air through a wide range of angles.  The oscillation can be turned off so that you are then focusing on moving air from, or to a particular spot (as with the heating or air conditioning support).


New models like the MeacoFan 1056 use a DC motor to provide a far quieter performance with a wide range of fan speeds (12 in the case of the MeacoFan) so you can go from something that is near silent for use in the bedroom at night, to the top speed which is moving a huge volume of air around a room for you.

The new type of whole room air circulators offer far more flexibility and can cover a host of applications for you and tick all of the right boxes when it comes to noise, performance and looks.

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Using your dehumidifier during the winter

There are many benefits for both your health, your home and even commercial space that come with using dehumidifiers. Especially in the winter months, dehumidifiers become even more vital as the humidity levels rise and temperatures drop.

Although many people associate humidity with the warm summer months, actually the winter months are on average the most humid in the UK. To make it worse, high humidity levels inside can make your home feel colder than it actually is. You could open your windows to prevent damp and condensation during this time, but it will inevitably let in cold air, which isn’t ideal when temperatures struggle to reach 10 degrees for months!


Alternatively, a dehumidifier will keep the cold air out and keep your heating bills down, saving you money. There are various options and styles to suit a multitude of situations, whether you want a stylish unobtrusive solution or opt for a commercial product, it’s worth investing now for the future. Our newest product, the MeacoHeat Motion heaters with motion detection sensors allow efficient heating, but only when the room is used, saving you money and helping protect the environment by being efficient, as featured in Total Kit Car’s website.


If it is very cold, ensure that your dehumidifier is not left outside and kept heated and in a well insulated space such as a garage. Trapped moisture inside could potentially freeze if temperatures drop below freezing.


Meaco have collaborated with The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to offer one lucky person the chance to win a Meaco DD8L Zambezi worth £259.99. Competition ends Jan 31st.


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Meaco launches UK TV campaign

Meaco are promoting the benefits of using a dehumidifier to reduce humidity, condensation and damp problems with a series of national TV commercials – have you spotted them?

Starting November 2017 Meaco will be rolling out a £100k advertising campaign to promote and showcase its dehumidifiers through retail, TV and online channels. The campaign aims to show how Meaco dehumidifiers can be used to solve the issues of condensation, damp and mould to create a better environment for the family. The campaign will start with the 12L Low Energy dehumidifier, with the adverts hosted on the following channels: ITV Channels, Comedy Central, Discovery and Food Network, with the potential to expand to Boomerang, Cartoon Network, Cartoonito and More4.

“As well as supporting our retailers, we are reaching out to families to show that they do not have to put up with damp, mould and condensation issues during the British winter, and that a Meaco dehumidifier can make the home a drier, warmer, healthier and nicer environment for their whole family” commented Chris Michael Director of Meaco talking about the campaign. “Dehumidifiers have not appeared on television for a very, very long time now and we are delighted to be the company to bring them back and lead the way.  This is all part of Meaco’s plan to move the dehumidifier market forward both in terms of innovation and awareness. ”

The TV campaign will highlight the awards Meaco has already received from both Which? and the Good Housekeeping Institute, demonstrating that Meaco is a trusted and quality brand with a proven track record. The commercial for the award winning DD8L Zambezi, Meaco’s newest model, launched in 2016 after three years of intense research and development, will highlight Meaco’s relationship with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. For each sale of a DD8L Zambezi, Meaco donates to the DSWF supported Elephant Orphanage. To date, Meaco have donated over £21,000!


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How to prepare for Winter damp Total Kit Car

It’s fast approaching winter, are you prepared for the damp that will ensue?

With winter comes the usual pitfalls of condensation, resulting in difficulties with damp, moisture build-up and mould.

Damp in the home can cause a variety of problems such as difficulty in drying clothes, a musty atmosphere and structural damage to your beloved home or property. Peeling or bubbles in wallpaper is unwanted, as is the hassle of drying clothes in an already damp environment.

Worse still are the other effects of damp, which lead to difficulties breathing, allergies deteriorating and other health issues.

There are a multitude of actions you can take to reduce the amount of damp in your home and remedy these negative effects.

Here are some simple steps you can instigate today to help:

  1. Ensure your property or home is properly ventilated, especially in rooms where your washing machine and tumble dryer are placed.
  2. It is often difficult to always commit in winter, but, if you do have dry weather, try and air dry your clothes outside rather than inside. In summer this is very easy to do and so there’s no excuse!
  3. When cooking it’s essential to utilise the extractor fan to reduce moisture build up in the air. A lot of moisture is created when boiling pans and the steam created can linger. Remember to keep it on for a little while even after cooking as this will help in reducing the residual moisture.
  4. It’s worth purchasing a similar extractor fan device for the bathroom, as condensation and moisture builds up after having baths and showers.
  5. Ensure your wardrobe or cupboards are not over stuffed with clothes or miscellaneous items. As with anything, if products or clothes are crammed together air can’t circulate around, increasing the likelihood of damp and a musty smell occurring.
  6. Another great tip is investing in a Meaco DD8L Zambezi Dehumidifer  There are many different models available, so it is worth exploring all versions to determine the best size and specification for you and your home.

It is essential to ensure you take the necessary measures to reduce the effects of moisture and damp in your home, especially with Winter on its way.

It’s fantastic to see our ‘How to prepare for Winter’ article in the latest Total Kit Car magazine, which you can read here.

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