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On the 20th December we moved in to our brand spanking new build home. We were aware of the issues around the dampness in the air due to the plaster drying before we moved in so was unsurprised when we started with mould spots on the skirting boards in the living room, and pools of water on the window sills in various rooms. I don't think this would have been as bad as it has been, except we are a 3 storey semi-detached and next door is still on first fix inside so doesn't have plaster, heating etc. Our warm air combined with the drying of the plaster and the extreme cold from next door has caused the excess water in the air. The builders have been absolutely fantastic and when we advised them of the issue they were straight round with a number of dehumidifiers to try and combat the problem for us. For the smaller rooms they gave us three Delonghi Dem10s which have done their job fantastically!
Although the Dem10 which we have been using every day for a few weeks now wasn't new when it came in to our possession, we haven't really needed a user manual which would come in the box when new. The dehumidifier is really easy to operate and its functions are self-explanatory. In other words, you don't have to be a genius to operate it! One thing that I have found out in writing this review though, is that guidance on the Delonghi website says that the unit must be left to stand for a full 24 hours after it is moved each and every time. This would obviously have been stated in the manual (which we haven't ever seen). This seems a little daft to me given that one of its main advantages is its portable functionality, however I can only assume this is something to do with a presence of gases inside the unit, so I will from now on adhere to the non-use rule for 24 hours after moving the unit!
Our builders seem to have an endless supply of these units, most likely to dry out plaster quickly when they are on tight deadlines (a flash back of me behaving like a complete hag insisting the house be ready by Christmas comes to mind!!), and at first I wondered why they had solely invested in one particular unit for the smaller rooms, but after a few days use I realised that it is most likely because of how efficient it is despite being so compact and portable. The compact dimensions means it measures at around 40cm tall, and the easy carry handle make it portable for moving from room to room. Looks wise, it's pretty simple looking, but it is robust and seems well made. Being part of a construction site I'm sure they have had more than a few bumps and scrapes but it still seems sturdy and durable.
The unit can be left on constantly so the lack of a timer isn't an issue; we have had ours on quite a lot, although we don't leave it on permanently. The 2 litre tank has a visible water level so you can see just how much moisture is being drawn from the air, but also when it needs to be emptied. Rather than tipping it down the drain, I empty the water onto plants when it isn't sub-zero conditions. There is the option to have a continuous drainage with a hose that comes supplied with the unit, but this isn't something we need as I can easily empty the reservoir. Emptying it even without the continuous drainage is really straight forward and the reservoir simply lifts out of the unit. The unit is surprisingly quiet, except for a low minimal hum which is to be expected given its job.
The adjustable humidistat allows you to decide what humidity you would like in your house, at the moment we're aiming for bone dry (!), however a mid-level would be sufficient for normal usage. The electronic antifreeze option means it can be used in really low temperatures down to 2 degrees.
Extraction wise, I have been really impressed with these little units, we have 3 on the go at the moment, one for each floor, which was advised by our builders. This did seem a little overkill to us, however no doubt the thought of us making a claim against them for damage to any of carpets or furniture has spurred them on to get rid of as much moisture in the shortest amount of time possible! The unit (after a little research!) claims to be able to withdraw 10 litres (18 pints) of moisture in one 24 hour period. This does seem rather a lot, and had I known this in the beginning when I started using it, I would have perhaps been cautious to leave the unit unattended for fear of the 2 litres tank quickly overflowing. We haven't noticed this kind of level of extraction though (although this may be due to 3 on the go at once!) and would say each unit draws around 4 litres a day (which is still a combined 12 litres for the house, pretty impressive!). At first I was alarmed that there was so much moisture in the air in the first place, however given the fresh plaster and then the lack of heat from next door the moisture is probably to be expected.
I'm unsure at actually how much this unit would cost to run in electricity terms, however to us the savings it is giving us in our home is much greater, as literally everything is new, carpets, furniture, curtains etc, and I cannot run the risk of them being damaged by mould spores.
The air filter in the unit should be cleaned around once every week / to ten days if you are using the unit a lot. This is really straight forward.
For around £130 you can pick up this dehumidifier online. I will be sad to see this little unit go when the builders decide the problem is resolved and I will most likely end up purchasing one if I should need one again in the future.
I have been having problems with damp and mould in my house so I purchased this de-humidifier for £159.99 after reading good reviews about it on Argos. I really needed a good de-humidifier because the problem with damp was getting really bad in my kitchen and bathroom.
Upon collecting it, we noticed that it was VERY heavy, and had to take a taxi home from the shop. It was a bit expensive but the situation with the damp and mould was getting desperate so we had no choice.
It was a little difficult to unpack as it was heavy and wedged in the box with the polystyrene. The instructions were clear and concise and we were instructed to plug the machine in but do not switch it on for 15 minutes before use. The machine also has to be a foot away from the wall, however there was not much choice of where to move it as the cord for the machine is rather short.
One problem with the machine being heavy is that transportation around the house is very tiring. Carrying it up the stairs is very difficult and hurts your hands because the handle has sharp edges. It can also be rather noisy, but that was expected from such a large machine.
When we switched it on in the kitchen, we were really having problems with damp and mould. The dehumidifier really helps get rid of the damp, which is a really big problem in the winter especially. However, the most noticeable result was in the bathroom, where we have the biggest problem with mould and damp. The mould has stopped growing and the air feels cleaner and dryer. It really works well compared with another dehumidifier we had before which took about a week to get the equivalent of a glass of water out. Definitely recommend this product!
This christmas I have unfortunately had a case of damp in my flat. I bought this dehumidifier as the damp only seemed to be in one room, so I put it next to the wall with the problem.
The dehumidifier has one turning button to either have it running slightly, or on full blast and in between. It also has 3 lights on the top, one means that it is on and working, the other is on pause if it gets too cold, and the other shows if the water tank is too full up.
In 24 hours it can collect 10litres of water! The tank holds 2 liters at a time and has an anti frost setting you can use in case you are in a cold room.
It has a a water holder that catches the drips from the machine and this fits on the front. It is really easy to remove just by pulling it gently and then you can just empty the water out into the sink. Or you can reuse the water for things like ironing if you like to save the world.
You can plug the drainage into the mains but I dont have the facility to do that in my flat, it helps the clothes to dry as well and also helps when the washing machine/tumble dryer is on.
When its turned on its quite quiet, almost about the same noise level that my fridge makes. Its about half a metre tall and is a nice rounded shape, I just put it in the corner and dont really notice it apart from when it needs emptying.
The actual unit is quite heavy, it is ok to move from one spot to another in a room but if you arent strong then its quite a slug to move in large distances or up stairs. This is even with the water emptied out. It does have a carry handle on the top but this doesnt really help much. It says on the box that it weighs 13kg.
It is a white colour with the water tank the colour of a see through fridge drawer, it has the delonghi logo and has been working really well even when left on for really long periods of time. It hasnt over heated but it does need to be emptied regularly but I think this is just because my flat must have a lot of water in the walls!
If you need to dry a lot of washing inside, or if your house suffers with damp then do get one of these. It costs £111 at the cheapest but I have seen it for over £130 so make sure you do your price research.
This is another machine I discovered during a recent flood in my house, and it has become a permanent fixture now. At one point a de-humidifier would have been the last household appliance I would have invested in as to be honest, I thought they were a bit pointless. How wrong I was though!
I initially purchased the dehumidifier after my bathroom pipe burst and flooded my house. After using the Bissell carpet cleaner (see separate review) to get the excess water up from the carpets, you could feel and smell the moisture in the air. It wasn't pleasant to put it mildly, so after a recommendation, I decided to invest in one of these machines, if only to use for the following few weeks.
As soon as I opened the box I liked the machine. It is compact, neat, tidy and smart looking. White in colour, it actually goes well in my living room and looks quite trendy! I immediately liked the fact that it's so simple looking yet oozes quality. It comes with a comprehensive instruction booklet, but it's so simple to use that even I didn't need it! Just plug it in and it begins to work.
There is a handle on the top which makes carrying it simple, and it is reasonably light too. These means the dehumidifier can be used in different rooms and also upstairs.
How to use it & results
Once plugged in the dehumidifier begins to work. It is automatically set at a standard speed, and you know it's working straightaway by the noise it makes. Don't be put off by the fact that the machine makes a constant noise while in operation. It is more of a mild humming rather than an annoying vibrating noise. After no time it becomes a small background hum that you don't even notice (it will feel too quiet when it's not on!)
The machine extracts water from the air, and collects a total of 10 litre per day. To think there is 10litres of water floating round our house everyday it's a wonder we don't drown! It's extremely simple to empty - literally just pull the drawer out, pull the tank out, empty into the sink and re-insert. I couldn't believe the amount of water in it when I first emptied the tank. The tank holds 2 litres of water so doesn't need emptying too much throughout the day. The water level is visible before opening too which is handy as it means you don't need to keep opening the machine to see how full it is.
The impressive part is that is has an automatic shut-off facility, so if you are out for the day and leav the machine on it will not overflow - it will just turn itself off.
Post-flood I was emptying the tank every hour so I knew it was doing its job, and as a result my house dried out so much more quickly. Nowadays, once a day will suffice, though I expect to be emptying it more often as the weather cools down and I'm drying washing inside.
Why use a dehumidifier?
This was the question I would have asked before I got one, It has many benefits including:
* Makes the air we breathe of a better quality so helping improve conditions for asthmatics, and can help dry skin conditions
* Decreases damp within the house
* Removes the need to open windows etc thus keeping the house warmer, and reducing heating bills
* Helps to dry wet laundry during the winter
This cost me £150 from Argos, which I did think was a bit expensive to start with. However, when you witness the results, think of all the benefits of using the machine, and realise that this appliance will probably be used everyday for many years to come I think it's a sound investment.
We have had our Delonghi DEM 10 Dehumidifyer now for about eighteen months and we have been really pleased with its performance. It was bought because we do suffer from a lot of condensation in our house and we do no thave double glazing and this was causing a lot of mould patch problems on the walls and looked terrible. It was particularly bad when we were using our tumble dryer during the winter months when we couldn't get the washing dried on the washing line outside.
We bought this from Ebay for £75 (plus £4.75 postage and packing) and it arrived very quickly and was well packaged. It came with a great instruction booklet wheich I made sure I read before using it for the first time.
It is a heavy little dehumidifyer and I was quite surprised at its weight when I lifted it. Although heavy, it is small and compact and looks neat in the corner of our room. We live in a very large town house with several stories and a basement but it was the middle level rooms which were getting the worst of the dampness but this very soon solved the problem.
Once plugged in I noticed it made only a slight humming noise and did ot distract too much once you got used to it - a bit like a droning noise is the best way to describe it. It works by removing excess moisture from the air and there is a function to set it so that once moisture levels reach a certain amount it will automatically switch into action and this function is really useful we find.
It has a two litre tank capacity and will hold two litres of water. Obviously, you have to empty the water out when it gets full but you are able to see this clearly as it is see through as it has a transparent drum and you can see exactly how much water has been sucked in - very handy. As it shoots hot air out of the back of it this obviously acts at heating the room at the same time, and this is really useful in cold damp rooms.
We always use it when we have the tumble dryer on and we have noticed a great improvement in the dampness levels in our home since we have started to use it.
It is durable, safe and easy to maintain and we could not live without it now.
About 2 years ago we noticed that the box room in our house was developing quite bad mould spots on two of the walls that were exterior walls.
We tried opening the windows more, but realised quickly that it was not the best idea in the world to leave it especially as we were using the room at the time as a nursery for our youngest. I didn't want him to get health problems from it.
We quickly realised part of the problem was my husband had been a bit overzealous with the loft insulation and not left a little bit of space around the edges for ventilation. The other part to it was i was drying a lot of clothes on airers on the radiators as with a 2 year old and a baby, the washer constantly runs and we resemble a laundromat most days.
Step one to solve the problem - remove some of the insulation, and try to remove some of the moisture.
The first solution we tried was a little box designed to go in a caravan which was full of absorbant crystals to remove some of the moisture. While this worked well, it became saturated within days, and i wasn't about to start buying something like that on a weekly basis. I don't like being too wasteful when it comes to things like that.
So i moved on to looking for a dehumidifier. This one appealed as it can remove 10L of moisture from the air per day, and it is quite a compact and smart looking machine. I would not be embarassed to have it on show somewhere in my home.
First impressions of the dehumidifier:
I went to pick it up myself with the littlie in the buggy one day when i only had one child with me, and my very first impression was oh my goodness. How heavy? Somehow i got the boxed dehumidifier from Argos to the car while pushing the buggy, but if you are going alone to buy one, please make sure you park close and or have someone to help you. I still find it really heavy now if i have to move it in the house.
The machine is still smart to look at and works just efficiently 2 years later. Once the weather turns cooler, i run it every day, and even in summer, it gets used on rainy days when i am drying my clothes indoors. It isn't overly noisy, but you can hear it running. It sounds a bit like a heater, and you get the occasional dripping of water sound too. I personally find it too loud to leave it running overnight but i have difficulties getting to sleep at the best of times. No-one else in the house seems bothered at night by the noise.
The capacity of 10 litres of water being removed is a bit deceptive. I have no doubt it could if you had suffered from a burst pipe or similar, but most people will not have that much moisture in the house. Also, the capacity of the collecting bucket is more like 2-2.5 litres, so once it is full you need to empty it. If you are not in you would not get this reduction in moisture. I am mostly in, and i empty it once or maybe twice per day for the casual usage we do.
It has a dial which can be set so that th dehumidifier only comes on when there is a certain amount of moisture in the air. Personally, i have not used this option very often as i want it to dry my clothes as quickly as possible.
Emptying it is quite easy. I find it a little heavy, but it is easy to carry to the sink or loo and dispose of the water. It is enough water to save on a flush if you time it right. (Might as well make the most of our resources seems though we are on a water meter.)
The back of the machine does kick out a fair amount of hot air, so it has the added bonus of heating upstairs as well as making it drier.
I find in our house we still do get a lot of condensation in a morning on the upstairs windows even if there are no clothes drying through the cooler months. This dehumidifier has been a sound investment as we have a lot less condensation, our clothes can dry in 24 hours as oppose to a few days, and the mould problem is now a thing of the past.
It also came into its own when we had some plastering done recently and it was taking ages to dry as it was against an outdoor wall and also a thick layer in a cold kitchen pantry. We put in the Dem10 and it dried overnight and could be painted.
I think i paid somewhere around £100 for it back then. Different models cost more, and might be better suited to a different circumstance, however, the Dem10 is more than sufficient in our 3 bed semi-detached house. Highly recommended for reliability. Might be worth considering a lighter model if you want to move it round a lot. Ours stays on the landing upstairs.
Moving to a fairly sunny flat with storage heaters we held of putting the heating on for as long as we could in order to save money. Little did we suspect at the time of the resultant problems. It wasn't until one day getting a book from the bookshelf and seeing it warped and mouldy that we realised something had to be done - quickly. As the dehumidifiers were pretty pricey for what is not much of a luxury good I didn't want to make a duff choice. In the end I plumped for the delonghi brad as overall it seemed to have got the most favourable reviews.
The quality of the air improved almost instantly. As per the instructions the dehumidifier was on constantly for about 2 weeks. It was really satisfying to see the water collecting. It filled up about 2 times per day at first. After that when things started to calm down and it filled up less quickly I turned down the dial until it turns itself off. Now it only comes on when needed. You can tell this is normally when cooking, when you there is washing around and at points throughout the night. Even during summer we leave it on to regulate the humidity.
It does make a noise, a low hum but that is easy to live with. It nothing more than the sound you get when heating turns itself on.
As the plastic tank where the water collects is on the front of the machine it is easy to see when this needs emptying. You can even do this when the machine is on - it pauses itself as the red light that comes on indicates.
It isn't easily portable so we have kept ours in the same place in the house. I was initially hoping to move it to the hall so it would help with the condensation in the bathroom but this is not possible with this model because of the room needed to the rear of the machine in order for it to ventilate. Also, whenever you move it you have to leave in unplugged for an hour.
The mould problems in our flat had got quite serious. With the addition of this machine I am confident that they are now over.
There is also a pipe which can be attached to self drain the tank if you are going away for long periods or have an unoccupied space, which is a really useful feature. Another feature is when the room is too cold for the self regulation to activate a light comes on to show this.
Being winter and having lots of washing to get through meant streaming windows and wet walls once the heating is turned on until someone told me about a fantastic product called a dehumidifier. I began searching the internet and found the Delonghi DNC65 at £127.00 on the allergymatters.com site.
The dehumidifier has a water tank at the bottom which collects up to two litres of water at a time. It automatically turns off when it is full, which is good as if you are out or not in the room you can rely on it to turn off.
There is several modes which you can put the machine on to, such as a button if there is washing in the room, and it has 3 settings, minimum, auto and high. It is indeed very silent so is ideal for using in your bedroom without being disturbed.
You can set the swing of the fan to see how far it goes, the first is the smallest and the third is the biggest which opens widest, which is ideal for all people you really want to get rid of condensation.
There is also buttons for when it can automatically shut down, there is an option for 2h, 4h and 8h. This really is compact and does it well, I did the timer once and when I came back from work it turned off, which was really great. Also when the water tank fills up it is really easy to take out, it slides easily. This is good as you wont spill it, and can be easily poured down your sink.
Also it dries your clothes if you put the machine on clothe drying mode, which is like a little tumble dryer, only that you keep the clothes where you want! This Delonghi machine is also good for asthma sufferers and keeping bed bugs at bay, as bugs love humidity , and so if there is no humidity, they will stay away!
Delonghi DNC65 is a recommended dehumidifier for all people which have damp of condensation in there homes. At only £127, maybe if you are lucky you will find it cheaper else where then allergymatters.com, but I really doubt it.
Dampness and mould ("D&M")Two things that go hand in hand and plague both old and new properties and no matter what you do there appears to be no way to eradicate them for good. It is a constant battle and the only thing you can do is to minimise their effects.
The winter is the worst time of the year for D&M and after struggling last year I decided enough was enough and decided to get a new weapon in the form of a dehumidifier. With loads on the market to choose from and no idea what to do my other half took full responsibility and ended up deciding on the Delonghi Dem10.
****In the box****
In the box is the dehumidifier itself, a power supply, user guide and a metre of hose.
The user guide is excellent and very useful, and what's more you actually get a hard paper copy as opposed to a quick user guide and a link to a website for detailed information.
The side of the box states that the unit should not be laid on its side or upside down. I am assuming there is some kind of liquid in the internals that needs to be settled (like in fridges and freezers) hence meaning the unit should be stood upright. Unfortunately for me I only discovered this once I got it out of the car where I had to lay it on its side to get it in the boot to get it home. Despite my stupid oversight the unit seems to be working fine.
****Dimensions, Looks and durability****
Measuring 42cm high by 35cm wide by 33cm deep this unit is considered to be fully portable, and has an integrated folding handle for this purpose.
Constructed in white plastic and having a dome shaped top the unit is not pleasing to the eye. It doesn't look modern or up to date, which is a bit of a shame. I appreciate this unit serves a purpose and that functionality should go above looks, but Delonghi could have made this unit a bit more pleasing to the eye. Especially when there are better looking dehumidifiers out there, like the DD122F-w or the Delonghi AriaDry, both of which actually look really cool.
The unit appears to be very well made out of good quality materials. It is definitely robust and more than adequate for the job and despite several knocks mine is still operating as sweet as it did when I first bought it although it does have a few battle scars.
Considering the price this unit is loaded with features including anti-frost, an auto turn off switch when the reservoir is full, continuous drainage (that's what the supplied metre of hose is for) and a visible water level on the water reservoir.
I can confirm that I have had no problems with the auto switch off and my unit hasn't frozen, even when it was left in my cold conservatory for a few days during the arctic conditions the country has recently had to endure. Unfortunately, I am unable to comment on the continuous drainage as the hose is just too short to be placed outside when the unit is in my property.
The unit does not have a timer, but since it is suitable for night time use and can be left on for 24 hours a day there really is no need for this feature.
The Dem10 is a 1.9KW electrical unit. Looking at many websites it appears that running a dehumidifier costs around 2p per hour. So, if the unit is left on 24 hours a day for 365 days a year it would cost approximately £175.
Based on my experience there is no way the unit will be working flat out all year, even in the dampest of properties. Our unit was working 24 hours a day for the first 3 weeks, whilst it was getting all the moisture out of the air, but thereafter it would only come on for a couple of hours a day if it came on at all.
In reality, a dehumidifier is not that expensive to run and running costs should never be used as an excuse not to use one if your property requires it. After all, think about how much damp damage is going to cost you in the long term. When we moved in the vertical blinds in my lounge were wrecked by mould (as a result of damp) and the replacements were just over £150. The walls needed redecorating, the window frames needed replacing etc. etc. This was a cost that we had to bear but considering how much refurbishment cost and comparing that to the cost of buying and running a dehumidifier it is clearly obvious that not having one would cost us in the long run.
****Using the unit****
Before the unit can be used it must be stood for 24 hours. I found this quite annoying since I just wanted to get it home, turn it on and get the moisture sucked out of the air, but I guess another day wouldn't make that much difference.
Once the 24 hour period is over you simply place the unit, obviously ensuring it is upright, in its chosen home, plug it in and turn it on and hey presto. It is absolutely fool proof. I should note there is a warning in the user guide stating not to plug the unit in to any plug adaptors or extension leads so you need to ensure it is sufficiently close to a plug socket for operation. Not being an electrician I never know if this advice should be followed or not, after all most manufacturers put excessive warnings on all products (just look at food products - there is a nut warning even when the product doesn't contain nuts!) so I never know whether these are an overkill or not. But like the normal "consumer sheep" I decided to place mine near a socket.
Even though the unit is fully portable it still needs to be stood for 24 hours prior to use every time it is moved, which kind of defeats the objective in my opinion.
When you first start using a dehumidifier you will find that it will need to be left on most of the time to extract all the existing moisture out of the air. Needing the unit on for 24 hours a day for a few weeks is a common initial period. After the initial period you will find that the amount of time the unit needs to be on will reduce dramatically and thereafter it will only be required for an hour or two a day if at all.
The Dem10 is suitable for a 3 bed-roomed house making it ideal for my requirements. Even to this day I struggle to see how such a small unit can deal with such a large space although I have been assured that there is no need to go and buy any additional units. The science behind it is that moisture is instantly attracted to dry air, therefore if you leave all the doors in the property open the moisture in those rooms will be drawn to the room where the dehumidifier is located as it dries out the air in that particular room. I must admit that it does work.
According to the box, this unit is capable of sucking 10 litres (18 pints) of moisture from the air in a 24 hour period, which is mighty impressive. If these claims are true I can only assume this is achievable in exceptionally damp rooms (a commercial bathroom/shower room/wet room perhaps?) as my unit gets nowhere near that, and we have it in quite a damp room. The most times I have had to empty the 2 litre tank in a 24 hour period has been four, which equates to 8 litres, although I must point out the tank wasn't full to the brim on any occasion and the fourth time the tank was less than half empty (it was a precautionary empty out before bed). I would say 6 litres is a more accurate figure.
Even though my unit doesn't appear to extract 10 litres in 24 hours I must say that I am very impressed with the rate of extraction and I am always surprised by the amount of water collected.
****Emptying the unit****
Emptying the unit is an absolute doodle and simply involves directly facing the unit, grabbing hold of each side of the plastic reservoir and pulling it towards you in a slightly upwards motion. The reservoir will simply pop out for emptying.
Emptying the reservoir is also a clean affair. Reservoirs of many products can get "too full" of water before they need emptying. I find this often leads to spillages, especially if you are a bit too forceful in separating the reservoir from the main unit or are a bit clumsy, however there are no such issues with this. The reservoir of this unit can clearly hold more than 2 litres so there is loads of extra room for the water to "slosh" around in meaning it doesn't go all over the floor during the emptying process.
****Cleaning the unit****
Since this unit simply stands in the corner, or wherever, doing its thing it requires minimal cleaning and attention and a wipe over every now and again should suffice to keep it looking pretty, well as pretty as it was in the first place.
That said, you do need to ensure the dust filter, cooling fins and plastic grate are kept fee of dust and debris as this will not only affect the performance with regards to the moisture extraction but it may lead to overheating which is likely to create long term damage to the unit itself.
In order to ensure maximum performance I give the unit a daily dust over and a weekly wipe down with a damp cloth. In addition, the weekly routine involves washing out the dust filter which is fully removable.
Keeping the unit clean takes little more than a couple of minutes so it is not an arduous task.
During operation the unit obviously makes noise. After all it is an electrical device and to think moisture extraction would be a silent operation would be very naive. The Dem10 is not that noisy and whilst I noticed a lot more when I first started using the unit it is became bearable very quickly. In reality it is no more than a slight hum in the background which is easily sorted out by turning up the TV or radio slightly. I find my Dem10 is far quieter than my friend's Goldstar unit.
In normal day to day living I don't find the noise intrusive, however I find it too loud if I am wanting a bit of silent reading time. This problem is easily solved by either turning off the unit for a while or going to a different room.
****Price and availability****
The price of this unit varies greatly and at the time of writing, and looking at Amazon co dot UK only, this unit can be bought for as little as £118.63 (with free postage and packing) and as much as £181.93 (with a stonking great postage and packing charge of £12.00 on top of that). With such a great price differential it definitely pays to shop around.
I bought my Dem 10 from a local Comet for £119.99, but due to availability issues not helped by the fact that I wanted one then and there (and I had already been round numerous electrical shops trying to get one) I had to settle for the ex-display model and didn't even get a discount. However, I still paid the lower end of the range and even if I had paid more I would have still been more than satisfied.
As stated above when I purchased my Dem10 availability was a big issue and all of the large local electrical retailers had sold out. I tried loads of different places including Currys, Hughes, Bennetts, Tesco and Asda to name but a few but all were out and despite being in the Norwich stores I was prepared to go to their other outlets dotted around Norfolk for a Dem10, but they were out too.
Even at the time of writing stock levels still appear to be low with Tesco Electrical, Asda Electrical, Sainsbury's Electrical and Comet having no stock. It appears that winter is a popular time to get dehumidifiers and based on this you may availability a bit of an issue.
****Living with a dehumidifier****
What with the constant noise, the constant emptying of the reservoir, the need to clean the unit and washing out the dust filter I thought living with a dehumidifier would be a chore. However, it just adds a couple of additional tasks to daily life. Besides the benefits far outweighs any additional burden.
One thing I have noticed is my skin and lips are much drier and the need to moisturise has increased. My other half has noticed this too. I already suffer from dry skin and this unit makes it worse. I am unsure how people with severe skin conditions would cope with this unit, or any dehumidifier, so this needs to be considered prior to buying one. One way around this would be to rent one for a few weeks.
The Delonghi Dem10 is an excellent product and one that I can't recommend highly enough. I had no input in to buying this model, other than supplying the credit card and PIN that is, and it was my other half that did all the research and decided this was the dehumidifier to go for.
I must stress that she has done an excellent job as it is a fantastic unit all round. It definitely isn't the prettiest or most modern dehumidifiers available but it is strong and sturdy, the moisture extraction rate is great, you can leave it on for 24 hours a day safe in the knowledge it will switch off when the reservoir is full, it is easy to clean (with no spillages) and it is very reliable and represents excellent value for money. It is not the cheapest dehumidifier around but then it certainly isn't the most expensive and being a middle of the road unit makes it more than adequate for my needs.
(This review has been posted on other sites under the name of yackers1)
Even within a few days of using this dehumifier (the 10 litre DEM10 model) there has been a noticeable difference in the humidity levels of my flat. Although quite expensive, it really is worth every penny!
I had been putting off buying a dehumidifier for months, instead spending every day wiping down the condensation on the windows, and cleaning off the mouldy walls in my flat. We have not got a tumble dryer so the flat was very humid from drying clothes inside near radiators. As a result the windows were dripping with condensation every morning, and even the walls felt like they were covered in a layer of water.
In fact, if you're anything like me, every few hours you will go back to check on it to see just how much water it has now gathered. Overnight it gathered the full 10l of water.
The benefit of it is that not only does it collect water quickly, it works very quietly - I could easily sleep through it. It cuts out when the tank is full, and can even be used without the tank - it comes supplied with a pipe to enable it to drain directly elsewhere.
Also, clothes that are hung out to dry in the same room as the dehumidifier now dry overnight instead of taking over a week!
It also has the ability to maintain the humidity at a contant level - so it will only turn on if the level rises above that.
All in all, I cannot recommend this highly enough. It is nothing short of a miracle product.
One morning, pulling a pair of boots from under a chair in the corner of my bedroom, I was horrified to find them covered in mould. A few days before, I thought I had noticed a smell of mould as I came through the front door of my flat, but I had had no idea where it was coming from. From the time I moved into my flat, I had been aware that the plants didn't need watering as often as they used to, and washing did seem to take a long time to dry, even in summer. There was obviously a lot of moisture in the air; the boots could just be tied up in a bag and disposed of, but I didn't want to end up with mould growing on the walls and creating a health hazard.
I decided to have a look at dehumidifiers and came across the Delonghi DEM10 Compact, available online at both John Lewis and Amazon at the price of £99.95. I didn't want to order online as I was more than likely to be out when it was delivered, so I decided to order from my local branch of John Lewis. (I could have opted for Saturday delivery from John Lewis online for an extra £6.95, but knew it wouldn't cost that much to take a taxi home from the shop.) It was going to be at least a ten-day wait, and in the meantime I tried to be more vigilant about putting the extractor fan on when I had a shower, not overwatering my plants, not leaving coffee mugs full of water while waiting to be washed, and putting washing out to dry in the garden whenever the weather was fine.
I chose the compact model which has a handle at the top, and as it weighs about ten kilos I knew it would be possible for me to carry it from one room to another if need be. I'm not particularly good at sorting out how things work, but going through the manual (translated into eleven languages), it all sounded pretty straightforward. Finding a suitable place, however, was a bit tricky, as you should leave a clear space of at least 50 cm both in front and behind the dehumidifer. The only solution I had in my tiny flat was to position it sideways on top of the desk in my bedroom. The manual recommends that for ongoing use it is placed in a hall or corridor with rooms left open, but this is not possible for me. Another recommendation is that the dehumidifier is plugged directly into a socket rather than using an extension lead.
It was a little frustrating to read, when I finally unpacked it, that it had to be left in an upright position for twenty-four hours before being switched on. Nevertheless, one more day wasn't going to make much difference here or there - although I didn't want to have to throw away any more boots. It was early on a Sunday afternoon when the time came that I could switch on, so at least I had half a day to see how things worked out. To start the dehumidifying process, you turn the dial at the top in a clockwise direction. If you turn it almost halfway or further, the dehumidifier will work continuously; however, although this may be desirable at first, in the long run it could lead to too dry an atmosphere which can cause skin complaints. Once things are under control, you can turn the dial perhaps a quarter or third of the way and the dehumidifier will keep the humidity at the chosen level, switching itself on and off as need be. The only drawback here is that if it has switched itself off, you might forget to switch it off at the mains when you are going out, whereas when it is running you will be aware of the humming noise and remember that you need to switch off and unplug.
As the dehumidifying process takes place, you can see water gradually rising in the transparent tank at the base of the front section. The tank has a capacity of two litres and it just needs to be pulled out gently (by gripping it on either side) so that it can be emptied down the sink or in the garden, as you prefer. It's very easy to slot the tank back in again. A light comes on at the top of the dehumidifier should you forget to replace the tank before switching the device on, or if the tank is full. There is no possibility of overflowing. If you are leaving the dehumidifier on for a long period of time but are unable to empty the tank for any reason, you can use the drain hose that is supplied instead of the tank. I have not done this as I do not wish to position the dehumidifier near a sink, but according to the manual all you have to do is remove a rubber bung and connect the hose in its place.
At first I found that the dehumidifier was on continuously, especially as I had a load of washing drying indoors. I usually have it switched on for a couple of hours in the morning and around six hours later in the day, perhaps for longer periods at weekends. After a few days I found that if I turned the dial about a quarter of the way round, the dehumidifier did switch itself off every so often, indicating that there was no longer too much moisture in the air. I began to notice that washing was drying more quickly and a wooden door that had been sticking was now opening and closing quite easily.
It's so easy to operate the device and remove the tank when it needs emptying. The only other thing that really needs attention from time to time is the dust filter, which can be cleaned by vacuuming and if necessary rinsed in lukewarm water then dried. Although I wouldn't want to leave the dehumidifier on whilst I'm asleep, the noise it makes is really not intrusive - in fact it's quieter than the extractor fan in my shower room.
The dimensions of this model are 434x330x260mm. One additional feature is an electronic low temperature operation device that is activated when the room temperature is too low, and it prevents ice from forming. I have not had any personal experience of this feature as I always have heating on in the room when I am using the dehumidifier.
I am convinced that this was money well spent - apart from the risk of respiratory infections resulting from mould, I could have ended up with a big redecorating job on my hands if mould had started growing on the walls. There are larger dehumidifiers available at higher prices and these are usually permanent fixtures, but I find that the compact model suits my needs better with its removable tank and the possibility of moving it from one room to another.
If you need a dehumidifier that works, buy this one. We had a burst water pipe that flodded our house, and the whole place stayed way too humid for a long time, but after a few weeks since we'd started using this, the place became dry. Despite its size, it takes a lot of water in a short period of time, and you wouldn't notice the noise that much. In fact, I personally found it rather calming! It seems rather cheap to run, as well. We've had it for a year now, and it's continuously on, but no sign of flagging.
For many years i lived in a multi storey flat, and was troubled by damp and condensation. I solved the problem by buying a delonghi dehumidifier, not cheap but well worth it. It actually works by drawing the air across a radiator type element and by the air been warm and contacting the cool elements the moisture is left in the dehumidifier. Compact approx 2 ft high by 10 inches deep and one foot wide mine had a mahogony finish. It has two fan speeds and five different settings deoending on how bad the damp is. It also has its own container for collecting the moisture in and shuts itself down when full. Quiet when in use and very economical, i also noticed my flat became warmer and my asthma improved, id never be without one again. Try it youll be amazed at how much water they gather in a small time.
During my wonderful years on the Isle of Skye I lived in a caravan which had it own open air system. This consisted of a hole the size of a head in the bathroom and several other freshair leaking points around the joint. Now I cannot understand why I endured it for so long, but then again housing was in short supply and as a single male with no dependents I never qualified for a council house. Anyway, every winter and spring you could gaurantee having a water bed and the television would spark when plugged in. Mould was on the furniture and the clothes would turn to mush. Thank good ness for the dehumidifier. Life was transformed after this was installed. It worked hard and quietly all day long and the improvement around the place was marked. I have since studied health and housing and dampness is an ongoing difficulty in Scottish housing. The effect on health is tremendous. My recommendation would be is that all houses are fitted with a dehumidifier. They are inexpensive and effective. The Governement says prevention is better than cure, here is one way to cut down on childhood illnesses which have long term effects - rid houses of damp and condensation with a wonderful invention