During the winter months, preventing damp and the build-up of moisture in a garage with valuable cars and bikes can be a headache. Even if a garage is regularly visited, some can suffer from damp, due to their location. Using a dehumidifier can help prevent damage to upholstery and other organic material. But how do you choose the correct product?
When choosing your dehumidifier, consider:
- The vehicle will be in an unheated cold space over winter and not all dehumidifiers work well in the cold.
- You may want to move the dehumidifier around, so weight comes into consideration.
- All dehumidifiers have the ability to drain water away continuously so don’t worry too much about that.
A desiccant dehumidifier operates well in cold conditions, so choosing a desiccant rather than a compressor dehumidifier is best for unheated garages, and they tend to be lighter in weight.
How to get the best out of a dehumidifier:
- Place the dehumidifier on a level surface
- Drain the water away using a hose, preferably into a sink (otherwise the dehumidifier will turn itself off when it is full and you will need to go back every day to empty the tank).
- Use as little hose as possible and don’t leave excess curled up in the sink. Too much hose will create a negative air pressure and the water will not flow down the hose, the tank will fill and the dehumidifier will turn off.
- Don’t use a plug-in timer switch with your dehumidifier. This is like giving your appliance a power cut twice a day and will damage it in the long run. Desiccant dehumidifiers have a cool down time system after power off and the plug-in timer stops this from happening and compromises safety and shortens the dehumidifier’s lifespan.
- Seal the garage up the best you can. You don’t want to be dehumidifying the whole of Britain.
- Leave the doors of a vehicle open so that the damp air in a car can migrate towards the dehumidifier and be dried.
Keeping the costs down
- A desiccant dehumidifier has a heater inside it as part of the desiccant regeneration process. The Meaco desiccant dehumidifiers have two heater settings at 330 watts and 650 watts. So by setting the dehumidifier to single fan speed the heater will never go above 330 watts and by selecting a humidity setting of 60%rh you will minimise the dehumidifiers running time.
- For those that like to have some background heat the 330 watts from the desiccant dehumidifier can be seen as an alternative to installing heating.
- For those desperate to minimise the dehumidifier’s run time the Meaco DD8L Zambezi is the only desiccant dehumidifier to have Daily Run Timer so it can be set to switch on and off at set times and will shut down safely each time.
- Clean your filter, this will increase the lifespan of the dehumidifier and will keep it efficient ensuring that your running costs are reduced.
When buying the right product, the Meaco DD8L Junior does a good job. If you want to restrict the hours of operation then choose the DD8L Zambezi with its Daily Run Timer.