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I have lived in my flat now for over 12 years on the top floor. You would think being at the top of the block that I wouldn't have problems with damp but boy oh boy do I!!
It started a couple of years ago when I noticed that the bedroom had a slight smell of stale air and damp. It was awful waking up in the morning and unable to get the wretched smell from your nose. I tried everything.
I bought the mould and mildew spray remover which works well but reeks to high heaven and lingers in the room and does slightly burn your eyes.
I used the paint that you are supposed to slap on to eradicate the problem, but the damp patches simply worked its way around the areas of painting I had missed.
My sister however came to the rescue. She told me about dehumidifiers and how they work and that they won't cure the damp but will at least help the situation.
After a few years and being at my wits end after trying every trick in the book, I decided to take her advice.
So welcome to the Swan Dehumidifier SH3020. It isn't cheap by any means but I didn't let that deter me from buying it. I purchased it from my Very for a price of £149.00. After looking on the internet this was the cheapest price for this model that I could find.
It arrived promptly and as the delivery driver slowly made his way up the stairs I wondered why he was taking so long. Then when he handed it over to me I realized why it's really heavy!! I am a bit of a weakling so others may not find that this is the case for them.
After opening the package I was surprised by the sleekness of it. With dimensions of 55cm in height , width of 32cms and a depth of 17cms I was pleased that it slotted nicely into both the bedroom and the kitchen without taking up much space.
After reading the instructions I set to work. The problem area is in different locations of the flat and the dehumidifier covers a range of 18-25sqm. I decided to start with the built in wardrobes first. After clearing out all the clothes and wiping down the walls which had formed a light residue of wet and cold condensation I wasn't very optimistic.
Whilst I know that steamy showers and drying clothes can produce moisture in the air this was on a whole new level. My walls were literally crying.
The instructions and very straight forward and the Led light is handy (especially as the wardrobe is pretty dark). After turning it on, I was surprised by how quiet it was. My dad has a fan in his toilet that sounds like a plane taking off and I had visions of that happening. But no it was surprisingly low in volume.
After watching a few tv programmes I heard a beeping. Off I set as I realized the dehumidifier was telling me it was time for auto shut off and that the tank was full. I was surprised as it had only been on for around an hour. But it was full and strangely the water was clear. I had expected it to be a very dirty colour especially as the walls always look so dreadful. The bottom has an easy tray that you pull out and you simply pour the water away.
I was so happy, it was working and strangely it already seemed that the air had changed in the bedroom. There was still the slight damp residue hanging but overall it was starting to get there.
At a rate of 20 litres per 24 hours I have to say that is impressive!!
A couple of days on and the dehumidifier has yet to disappoint me. I can't fault it at all. It is compact and has a handle on top so it is easy to move from room to room. (Even though initially I thought it was pretty heavy) It is quiet and the room has gone from strength to strength.
I have had a few good nights sleep which is crazy seeing as for the best part of 2 years I haven't slept all the way through the night, without waking up. I don't know if that's just me or if it's my body telling me that now I am breathing in cleaner air its ok to sleep fully.
Overall I would have to say this is the best thing I have done. So far it has been working wonders and the water is continuing to collect every day. I haven't yet been brave enough to leave it on and go out. If you do choose to do this is has a timer set into. So you can set it to your requirements. It will never overload and go spilling out as it has an auto shut off facility when the tank is full.
It has an electronic control with a handy LED display and a timer. There is a power on light which also reminds you if you have remembered to plug it in!!
At the bottom part of the dehumidifier there is a tray which displays the water that is being collected which I think is a nice feature and it is blue which looks nice at night (!!)
It has an adjustable humidistat and 2 fan speeds. It also has an air circulation mode built in.
And also the last thing is that the fan blows out cool air so the room can get quite chilly, but now the sun is trying to poke its head through the clouds I just make sure I sit in the sunniest room in my house and let the dehumidifier do all the work.
20L / Fan Speeds: 2