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SemperTemper Fri 27-Oct-17 22:15:48

Our windows are steaming up overnight and there's lots of condensation in the morning. We have a small baby so there's a lot of washing on two clothes airers which isn't helping. Will a dehumidifier resolve this? What size would we need for a two bedroom flat?

anotherbloodycyclist Fri 27-Oct-17 22:21:30

Definitely, I'd recommend a Meaco - 10 litre should be adequate for 2 beds. Condensation will be gone and your washing will dry in no time.

SaucyJack Fri 27-Oct-17 22:22:05

It might not completely resolve it, but yeah- dehumidifiers are pretty good. A decent one makes a massive difference.

We have this
one. It's pretty good. You can see how much water it's pulled out of the air every time you empty it.

Dalesgirl16 Fri 27-Oct-17 22:22:54

Yes, dehumidifiers are great. Don’t know what size for your flat, the usual? I have one in the kitchen where I dry clothes and just to dry it out. It cost about. £100 and is quite heavy.

whereisforever Fri 27-Oct-17 22:26:52

I absolutely love mine, it makes the washing on the airer dry quicker too.
I turn it on in the morning to clear the windows and then again in the evening when everyone is bathing/showering. Has made a real difference.

Tryingtogetitright Fri 27-Oct-17 22:28:05

We have one and it's a godsend. Used to live in an old bungalow with damp and mould and it sorted that out. Bit noisy but very effective for drying washing - still use it for that now we've moved. Ours is an ebac 2650e.

LoniceraJaponica Fri 27-Oct-17 22:28:46

Are you drying the clothes with the windows closed? People understimate just how much moisture is in a load of washing. I have a condenser tumble dryer and have to empty the tank after every use. When you think that this amount of water is dispersing into the air in your house you would understand the need for a dehumidifier or lots of ventilation.

Mistigri Fri 27-Oct-17 22:34:05

A decent one will cost a bit but it's worth it. We have one in the bathroom and one in our laundry room - a German brand called Trotek. They collect a lot of water (a litre in less than a day if operating continuously) and can be programmed to shut off once a user–determined humidity level is achieved.

Don't buy the cheap ones - they are a waste of money.

badg3r Fri 27-Oct-17 22:34:32

YES. We got the meaco 10L for the same reasons you describe. It is amazing. Clothes dry in a day easily, no more condensation and the air quality is so much better.

DancingLedge Fri 27-Oct-17 22:35:29

Recommend eclair dehumidifiers.

DancingLedge Fri 27-Oct-17 22:36:07

Damn you autocorrect


OvOntToSuckYourBlood Fri 27-Oct-17 22:37:33

I have the same one as Trying and it's fantastic. It has made a HUGE difference, wish I'd got one years ago.

SemperTemper Fri 27-Oct-17 22:37:52

Lonicera, I open the window of the room where the washing is but when the weather gets colder I want to avoid it as it's the baby's room. She doesn't sleep there yet but we change and dress her there so I don't want it to be cold.

Annoyingly, we suddenly have every fly and ladybird trying to gain access to our home so I've kept the windows closed for the past two days. I think a dehumidifier is the answer. Thanks for your replies everyone!

FlouncyDoves Fri 27-Oct-17 22:39:11

I’ll be interested to see the responses here too. We’re thinking of getting one as we have intermittent damp and think it would help us keep on top of it.

JsOtherHalf Fri 27-Oct-17 22:48:34

Would it be worth thinking about a combination air conditioner and humidifier?

SemperTemper Fri 27-Oct-17 22:49:32

Do you have to keep replacing filters or anything like that, or do you just empty out the water when it's full?

user1494670108 Fri 27-Oct-17 22:49:38

After having deLonghi ones from John Lewis I have now bought Ebac dehumidifiers from Amazon.
One upstairs, one down, they are amazing. No wet windows downstairs where it’s on a smart setting and only wet upstairs as we turn it off overnight and our room is the dampest.

Want2bSupermum Fri 27-Oct-17 22:51:24

Get one that can drain into a sink so you don't have to empty it.

LoniceraJaponica Fri 27-Oct-17 22:51:55

You just empty the water tank. There is nothing to filter. The windows in our house have trickle vents so we don't get condensation on them. If we ever have to have new windows in any house we live in I would always get them with trickle vents.

SemperTemper Fri 27-Oct-17 22:52:05

JS, what's the advantage? We are lucky that our flat is quite cool in Summer so we get by ok without fans and air con.

JsOtherHalf Fri 27-Oct-17 22:57:30

No idea if there's an advantage, other than an option for cooling the place down when it's warm.

DS is 10 now, so long past the age where I agonised over the temperature of his bedroom when it was hot and he was a baby...

Parky04 Fri 27-Oct-17 23:03:29

We have a Meaco DD8L and it is fantastic. Condensation and mould has disappeared; however, electricity bill has increased by £10 per month! Well worth it though.

Mistigri Fri 27-Oct-17 23:03:55

As well as a dehumidifier i have a mobile airconditioning unit that has a dehumidification setting.

It does work to a certain extent, but it is much noisier, uses more energy and collects less water than the dehumidifier. It is also much larger and heavier and cost three times as much. In the OP's shoes I would go for a compact dehumidifier, personally.

The dehumidifier I have does have an air filter than needs cleaning to remove dust about once every month. Otherwise the only thing I need to do is empty the water into the sink once a day. It can be fitted with a pipe to drain continuously but there is really no need.

Notcontent Fri 27-Oct-17 23:09:01

I have an ebac one as well. I tend to put it on when it's cold in winter and I get a lot of damp and condensation in my crumbling Victorian terrace... It's very effective.

userofthiswebsite Fri 27-Oct-17 23:13:58

I've an EcoAir Simple recommended by which. Had it 3 or 4 years, still working fine. If you put a load on before bed, you can have it dry by morning. They don't take up much floor space and you just put them adjacent to the airer.

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