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Ways to keep cool and calm in the home and office this summer

We all enjoy the sunshine and a bit of heat, but not when it becomes unbearably hot and humid. Uncomfortable conditions can adversely effect levels of concentration, with discomfort at night being a major concern for many.

So how can you stay cool now that the hot and humid British summer has finally arrived? With decades of experience in the air humidity industry, the Meaco team are pleased to offer their top tips:

Prepare rooms in advance of daylight 

Keep windows, curtains and blinds closed throughout the day to stop the heat from the sun warming up the room.

Think before opening a window

Only open the window when the outside air temperature is cooler than the room temperature.  Allowing in hotter, more humid air is only going to make the problem worse.

Pre-Cool the Room

If you have a fan or air conditioner, switch this on a few hours before you go to bed.  Keep the bedroom door closed and the blinds and curtains closed to enable the appliance to effectively cool the room. Use an eco-mode if the appliance has one, so that it works as economically as possible.

As summer goes on you may need more pre-cooling

As we get further into summer you will have to run the fan or air conditioner for longer each night to get the room temperature down.  This is because the walls in the rooms warm up and act as a heat battery holding more and more heat within them, so the room takes longer to cool down.

Choose the right cooling fan or air conditioner

MeacoFan 650

Meaco now have three cooling fans, the 360, 650  and 1056, to suit varying room sizes. The MeacoFan range is very low on energy consumption and extremely low on noise levels, partly down to its advanced DC technology, making them a popular choice for use in the bedroom. This also ensures lower running costs, and a better quality of fan.  All have been awarded a QuietMark in recognition of being amongst the quietest cooling fans tested to date. They have an Off Timer so the fans will turn off after a period of time, ensuring you don’t wake up feeling cold in the night, particularly useful in a child’s room. Attention to detail means that the fan does not bleep when the Off Timer turns it off, ensuring a cool and peaceful night’s sleep.

 

MeacoCool MC Series 

MeacoCool MC Series

An air conditioner is also an option, but one which is lightweight and with low noise levels. The MeacoCool range of air conditioners is perfect for use in bedrooms, as they are compact, all weighing under 30kgs, and have low noise levels. The Sleep Mode keeps the unit in low fan speed to ensure the lowest possible noise level, which can be combined with the Off Timer to ensure that you do not wake up cold during the night. All are supplied with castors, which, combined with the lower than average weight, make them easy to move about as required, and the remote control allows you to change the settings without having to get out of bed. Low sound pressure levels make them all easier to live with, and a window kit makes the cooling more efficient.

The manoeuvrability of all these products means they can be used 24 hours day, within different parts of the home and in an office. Essential pieces of kit to survive the hot weather.

If you have any questions or need any advice about which Meaco cooling appliance is best for your requirements, please get in touch. Our team has a wealth of expertise in air cooling and would be happy to help. Please phone us on 01483 234900 or email: sales@meaco.com

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MeacoClean CA-HEPA 119×5 air purifier highly rated by The Daily Mail

In The Daily Mail’s latest air purifier review, the MeacoClean CA-HEPA 119×5 was highly rated for its efficient speed, scoring 8.5/10.

One of our recent blogs talked about the introduction of an ultra-low emission zone in London, in a bid to tackle the toxic air crisis. We also talked about how it is still important to consider using an air purifier to reduce the harmful effects caused from the long-term exposure to harmful air particles, despite the Government’s laudable attempts to remedy the problem. Writing for the Daily Mail,  journalist Alice Smellie also points out that despite London being one of the first cities in the world to introduce such a zone, what most people don’t realise is that the worst exposure to pollutants can be in a person’s home.

Pollutants are given off from products such as detergents, sprays, burning candles, and log burning fires, all affecting health. But there is a way to clean the air. Sales of air purifiers are booming so Alice set about looking at the newest products on the market, for The Daily Mail’s latest “we try before you buy” series.

Comprehensively tested in a polluted room

Alice created a seriously polluted room — lighting scented candles and incense sticks, burning toast, and wafting around furniture polish and bathroom cleaner, and then put a selection of products through their paces, using air quality monitors to measure how long each air purifier took to return the room to acceptable levels. Air quality monitoring specialist Oyvind Birkenes also helped rate each machine.

The MeacoClean CA-HEPA 119×5 was amongst those tested and came out with a high score of 8.5/10. Oyvind said, “the three filters mean it’s very effective” and Alice’s monitors showed it got pollution levels down in double-quick time.

The full article can be seen here https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6933963/The-gadgets-really-breath-fresh-air.html

Meaco has two air purifier models, the MeacoClean CA-HEPA 119×5 SRP £379.99 and MeacoClean CA-HEPA 47×5 SRP £149.99, both ‘state of the art,’ offering a bespoke air purification experience to suit the allergy and room size. Both have received the seal of approval by Allergy UK.

If you have any questions or need any advice about which air purifier is best for your home, please get in touch. Our team has decades of experience in air purification and would be happy to help. Please phone us on 01483 234900 or email: sales@meaco.com

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Expert Reviews rate Meaco Clean CA-HEPA 119×5 Air Purifier

Expert Reviews latest update on the best air purifiers rates the MeacoClean CA-HEPA 119×5 as a “snazzy, well-made, high performing air purifier.”

With the pollen season well and truly under way this timely update gives advice on buying an air purifier to alleviate allergic suffering.  An air purifier will clean the air in your home removing pollen and other airborne pollutants such as traffic fumes, pet dander, cigarette smoke and dust mites, helping you and your family to reduce sneezing, sniffling and feeling generally bunged up. It will also help ensure a better night’s sleep.

Expert Reviews points out that it’s essential you do your homework before you choose which air purifier to buy and their buying guide sums up the key factors you need to consider before parting with your hard-earned cash. They also pointed out that it’s not just the initial financial outlay you need to think about, but operational costs as well.

On choosing an air purifier, areas for buyers consideration they discuss include:

  • How do air purifiers actually clean the air?

    MeacoClean CA-HEPA 119×5

  • What is the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR)?
  • Filtration performance.
  • Is noise an important factor?
  • Is an air quality sensor useful?
  • Is a carry handle necessary?
  • The importance of a night mode if you intend to use in a bedroom.
  • How important is a filter replacement indicator?
  • Should I consider getting a timer?

Finally, the reviews of the products, with the MeacoClean CA-HEPA 119×5 regarded as a “snazzy looking machine, well-built and well-engineered.” It was seen as great for larger rooms of up to 198m³, and more transportable than others. They thought it did a good job of removing airborne allergens from the air via a multi-stage purification process (including charcoal filter, ultra-violet light and ioniser), and thought it was quiet at its lowest setting, easily peaceful enough to sleep through. The included video of how it works was seen as helpful:

 

The full article can be seen here https://www.expertreviews.co.uk/home-appliances/1406008/best-air-purifier-ease-your-allergies-with-the-best-air-purifiers-from-100

Meaco has two air purifier models, the MeacoClean  CA-HEPA 119×5 SRP £379.99 and  MeacoClean CA-HEPA 47×5 SRP £149.99, both ‘state of the art,’ offering a bespoke air purification experience to suit the allergy and room size. Both of which have received the seal of approval by Allergy UK.

If you have any questions or need any advice about which air purifier is best for your home, please get in touch. Our team has decades of experience in air purification and would be happy to help. Please phone us on 01483 234900 or email: sales@meaco.com.

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Tips to get the most out of an air conditioner

The UK has experienced its driest summer since 1961, with average temperatures of 20.9C. We’ve had one of the hottest summers on record, and it’s set to continue till September. Which is why you should invest in an air conditioner, a much-needed relief from the approaching second heatwave, where temperatures are set to rise to above 30C.

Whether you call it air-con, air con, portable cooling or portable air conditioning, it doesn’t really matter as they all work in the same way.  An air conditioning unit is very simple and in operation is like a refrigerator. The hot air from the room is passed over a cold coil that makes it colder and removes some of the moisture that makes the air feel sticky.

This cooler air is blown back into the room to provide a fresh feeling.

Air from the room is blown over the coil that is now hot, to discharge this heat to the outside via the flexible hose.

 

Air conditioners are great in the heat – here’s our advice on how to get the most out of them:

Seal the air!

To make the air conditioning unit work as efficiently as possible, it is essential that the hose discharges the hot air to the outside and not back within the room.  To help the air conditioning unit work as hard as possible, keep the room well sealed by closing doors and windows wherever you can.  Blinds will also reduce the amount of heat coming in through windows.

Empty water frequently 

Most of the water collected during the cooling process is evaporated down the hose, but there will always be a small amount that collects into the small reserve tank in the air conditioner.  So occasionally your unit will turn off and will wait for you to empty the tank, which is done by removing a bung at the bottom of the rear of the machine and draining the water away via a hose. Expect to do this more often on humid days and especially when there is thunder in the air.

Prepare in advance

To get the best from a machine try and run it in the room before you need to use the room.  For example, running the air conditioner in a bedroom for a few hours before you go to bed will probably mean that you can turn the air con off when you get into bed.  A much quieter and more satisfactory solution.

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Guide to finding the right size air conditioner

Is the British heatwave making you wish for an air conditioner? With the heat and added humidity levels experienced across the UK, an air conditioner is a perfect solution to restoring cool air and reducing the sticky feeling. However, before purchasing, there are a few elements to consider beforehand to ensure you have the role model for your needs.

How much heat do you want to remove? Knowing the size of the room you want cooling impacts the type of MeacoCool model. For example, if you only require an air conditioner for your bedroom, the MeacoCool MC Series 10000BTU will be the right size for the given space.

The cooling capacities of our MeacoCool range are given in BTU’s and kW’s. 1kW is equal to 3412BTUs. To more accurately calculate the required BTU output of your room, you need to consider the various heat sources and add them together to determine the cooling you require.

 

You need to know:

  • The floor area of the room
  • The size and position of windows, and whether they have blinds or shades
  • The number of room occupants (if any)
  • The heat generated by equipment
  • The heat generated by lighting

Floor Area of Room

The amount of cooling required depends on the area of the room. To calculate the area in square metres:

Room Area BTU = Length (m) x Width (m) x 337

Window Size and Position

If your room has no windows, you can ignore this part of the calculation. If, however, there are windows, you need to take the size and orientation into account.

South Window BTU = South Facing window Length (m) x Width (m) x 870

North Window BTU = North Facing windows Length (m) x Width (m) x 165

If there are no blinds on the windows multiply the result(s) by 1.5.

Add together all the BTUs for the windows.

Windows BTU = South Window(s) BTU + North Window(s) BTU

Occupants

You will have to take that into account people who normally working in the space. The heat output is around 400 BTU per person.

Total Occupant BTU = Number of occupants x 400

Equipment

Clearly most heat in a room is generated by the equipment. This is trickier to calculate that you might think. The wattage on equipment is the maximum power consumption rating, the actual power consumed may be less. However, it is probably safer to overestimate the wattage than underestimate it.

Equipment BTU = Total wattage for all equipment x 3.5

Lighting

Take the total wattage of the lighting and multiply by 4.25.

Lighting BTU = Total wattage for all lighting x 4.25

Total Cooling Required

Add all the BTUs together.

Total Heat Load = Room Area BTU + Windows BTU + Total Occupant BTU + Equipment BTU + Lighting BTU

This is the amount of cooling required so you need one or more air conditioning units to handle that amount of heat.

 

The MeacoCool range is now available via Amazon and from John Lewis

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Good Luck and stay cool!

 

Disclaimer: These calculations are intended as rough guide only. Complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed

 

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