Which dehumidifier do I buy for a flat? The Guide

One of the difficulties that people have about buying a dehumidifier is matching up the dehumidifier to their home.  Here we remove that confusion and make this decision easy for you.

Which dehumidifier do I buy for a flat?

The correct dehumidifier would one of;

  • Meaco 10L
  • Meaco 12L Low Energy dehumidifier
  • Meaco DD8L or Meaco DD8L Junior

These are the only four worth considering.

Why you need a dehumidifier in a flat

Flats tend not to have room for a tumble dryer and therefore washing tends to be dried on a clothes horse.  In winter we close windows to prevent cold draughts from coming in and to stop heated air from escaping so the moisture from the clothes gets trapped in the flat and starts to build up.  Condensation and mould will start to appear on cold surfaces (windows, north facing walls).

Drying laundry in the home is faster with a dehumidifier
Drying washing in your flat is the cause of many a damp problem.

If you do not have extractor fans in the bathrooms or kitchen then the problems will be even worse.

How will a dehumidifier help?

The dehumidifier will remove the excess moisture from the air before it can do any damage and will turn it into water in its bucket which you can then just pour down the sink.

Why those four dehumidifiers for a flat?

In a flat you don’t want anything too large because you don’t have much space, you don’t want anything too noisy because you can’t get away from the dehumidifier and you are likely to move the dehumidifier around to help you dry your washing so you want something that is easy to move.

The cheapest from the above is the Meaco 10L and it will do the job fine if you are on a budget.  But the Meaco 12L Low Energy Dehumidifier will do the job better in that it extracts 20% more water from the air for 25% less energy and a louvre that helps to direct the air towards the wet clothes.

The DD8L/DD8L Junior offers a different solution in that they are desiccant dehumidifiers which offer some advantages over the above compressor machines.  On their low fan speed they are quieter, on the second fan speed their noise level is the same as the compressor dehumidifiers.  The air coming out of them is warmer which will help to dry the clothes faster and they are half the weight of the compressor dehumidifiers and are therefore easier to move about.

If the flat is cold then the extra warmth from the Meaco DD8L would help to make the flat feel warmer.

The difference between the two DD8L models is that the Junior does not have the anti-bacterial filter and ioniser that feature on the DD8L.

And finally

If you suffer from allergies then the Meaco 12L Low Energy Dehumidifier will be your best bet because you can add the optional HEPA filter which will remove allergens like pet dander, dust, pollen, mould spores, dust mites and other irritants from the air.

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