Don’t let a mouldy holiday-home dampen your mood

Lizelle Verrall
 November 17, 2016
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No matter the age of a house, whether it is situated next to a body of water or inland, there aren’t many homes immune to the ill effects of dampness – especially when left unattended.

Holiday-home care differs slightly from caring for a home that is lived in all year round. Your holiday-home sits through the hot, humid summer, or the cold wet winter with no one to know if the humidity or dampness is creeping up, resulting in appliances rusting, unprotected wooden furniture deteriorating and mould and mildew spreading throughout the house.

Arriving at your holiday-home and encountering a strong musty smell can dampen (pardon the pun!) one’s holiday mood. Problems with mould and mildew can also be detrimental for your health. An increasing numbers of children and adults are suffering from allergies to moulds, and in some cases developing more serious respiratory conditions, such as asthma.

So what can you do to help maintain your holiday-home and keep it free from damp and humidity – it’s all about moisture control.

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Make sure that gutters are clear and that downspouts carry water away from the house.
  2. Fix any signs where potential mould can grow.
  3. Make sure you look for standing water around refrigerators, toilets, water tanks, washers, anywhere water is used before you leave.
  4. Pay attention to plumbing.
  5. Keep your holiday-home clean before you’re departure – ensure to clean and disinfect along the windows.
  6. Eliminate clutter. Keep the air moving freely in every part of the house.
  7. Invest in a good dehumidifier. You will need a dehumidifier that can drain away continuously so that you don’t have to worry about emptying the container (which will fill up each day) and auto-restart so that if you have a power cut, the dehumidifier will restart in the mode that you set rather than go into standby mode waiting for you to press a button.

Which dehumidifier will work best?

The Meaco DD8L Dehumidifiers (Junior, Standard andZambezi) and the Meaco Platinum Range (12L and 20L Low-Energy) Dehumidifiers all meet the above criteria.

The biggest difference between these two ranges is that the DD8L range is a desiccant type dehumidifier that works well whether it is 5?C or 25 ?C. The Platinum Range is a compressor type dehumidifier that is extremely energy efficient and is still a good option at low temperatures. Both these ranges come with the unique Meaco control logic giving you the best balance between saving money and accurate dehumidification.

When the target relative humidity has been reached the dehumidifier will switch to fan only mode to check that the relative humidity is stable.  It will then go to sleep for 30 minutes at which time it will wake up and run its fan again to check the relative humidity once more.  If the relative humidity has risen above the set point then the dehumidifier will start to operate again.  If the relative is fine then the dehumidifier will go back to sleep again for another 30 minutes.  This process saves a lot of money on electricity, especially when compared against dehumidifiers which keep their fans running permanently regardless of the level of humidity in the room.

Keep your holiday mould-free

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