We dry the washing on ceiling mounted washing hanger in the
utility room, size about 2.5 x 3.5 m. Room can be left with the
door closed most of the time.
We'd like to get a dehumidifier to speed up the drying,
presumably a small 10 - 12 L one is all we need, no need for
The EcoAir DD122 Simple is a basic dessicant unit - pretty good.
2 settings - fast at about 500W and a half power setting.
I upgraded to a Meaco refrigerant based unit that does the job in less
time at less than half the power (so a lot less energy). I use the
EcoAir for periodic drying out of my tool shed - seems to keep the damp
Either will work and the Meaco is better, if you don;t mind the extra cost.
I've got the 20l and it is a bit of a beast - the 10 should be a tad
more subtle. However, it's not very noisy (I can sleep with it behind 1
door on the low setting).
Mostly fan noise - the compressor element is audible but about as much
as a fridge I'd say. Nicely built machine too.
On Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:20:32 UTC, Chris French wrote:
Beware that some machines now run the fan all the time, wasting your hard e
arned. They claim some sort of air purifying function as a euphemism for 'w
e left out the relay so it'll cost you £200 in wasted leccy.'
Tank capacity just translates to emptying frequency. Plumbing it in elimina
On 10 Nov 2015, email@example.com grunted:
Yes, but not all machines let you do that (doesn't look like above model
does), and it's a feature worth looking for if it may be of use.
We have two machines; one of them has a socket at the back where you can
shove a drain hose in - if I'm using this machine in anger I tend to stand
it on a stool with the hose leading to a 2-gallon bucket next to it on the
floor. Reduces the emptying frequency a lot, and is less fiddly.
If I was the OP I'd definitely look for this facility - stand the
dehumidifier on the utility room worktop with the hose just draining into
But not into a bucket as they don't have the full / cutoff feature.
We often use a dehumidifier as you intend for drying extra-thick
clothes and stuff not suitable for the tumble dryer (like daughters
chainsaw trousers) by putting them and the dehumidifier in the
I was considering putting it in the bathroom cupboard (as that has a
louvred door in any case) and plumbing the outlet though the wall and
into the garden but I wasn't sure how well that would cope with
freezing (as it would be used more in the winter than the summer).
The ideal solution would be to plumb it into the drain properly but
whilst the cupboard backs onto the toilet, it isn't so easy.
Cheers, T i m
IMO the bathroom regs are excessively strict; I think you should be
able to have an RCD-protected socket in a bathroom cupboard for things
like this. Anyway, you may also have to shell out £200 for an IPX4
dehumidifier (e.g., the EcoAir DCW10).
Hmmm (and thanks for that) but are you saying that is the only type of
dehumidifier you could put in a bathroom?
FWIW, mine is all plastic, would be on a raised / fixed self in said
cupboard and wouldn't be touched (if plumbed in) in any case (not that
that may make a difference etc).
Cheers, T i m
I guess it would depend on the zones (I'm sure someone else here
knows). Does the presence of a cupboard door between a point & the
bath/shower affect the zoning, or do you have to measure as if it
I keep some of the water - it's ideal for using in a steam iron.
Also use it for watering some plants which can't have tap water
(when I can't be bothered to go outside to get some rain water
from the water butt).
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I used to have an all-in-one dehumidifier with pump in the cellar,
with the hose running out through an air brick, about 1 m horizontally
outside, & into a rain drain, but I had problems with it freezing in
the winter. (The dehumidifier died eventually anyway.)
My new system consists of a dehumidifier (on a shelf) that drains into
a separate condensate pump. This time, I put a piece of 22 mm
overflow pipe through the wall from a (different) drain, fixed so it
is gently sloped up inside & goes about 2 m into a crawl space. The
hose from the pump goes into that pipe with something like 500 mm of
overlap, so I don't think the water that "sticks" in the narrow hose
can freeze, & the pipe will drain completely (so not freeze). This
winter will be the first test.
(That reminds me, I need to drain & shut off the outside tap.)
Well, I bought the above Meaco 10L.
It's doing the job as hoped, clothes dry a lot quicker.
I have it sitting on the draining board at the moment, with the drainage
pipe running into the sink. If I want to collect some water I stick a
jug under it. Seems well built, and not that noisy (not really an issue
for us anyway, as shut away in the utility room) most of the noise comes
from the fan, sounds rather like a fan heater I guess.
Keep meaning to stick a fan in the room as well to circulate the air
better, see if that speeds things up at all.
And good service from Aircon Centre, they had the cheapest price, that
included next day delivery. Which in my case was slightly surprisingly
Doesn't that suck all your warmth outside?
I was considering one of those heat exchangers for the bathroom but
never got any further than thinking about it. I think they can only be
a maximum 50% efficient (heat recovery) and hence why I (and others)
use dehumidifiers for such things. ;-)
Cheers, T i m
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