HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST DEHUMIDIFIER + A SPECIAL OFFER FROM DAMP SOLUTIONS AUSTRALIA

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Today I want to tell you about something that's changed my life. It's a dehumidifier. A totally magical piece of equipment I can't believe I waited so long to buy. Disclaimer: Although this post goes on like a ridiculous advertorial, I chose our dehumidifier myself and paid full price. I'm raving about it now because it's TOO GOOD not to share.

Y'all know how much I love The Spring Cottage, except for this one thing: it's damp. When Brisbane gets rain our walls grow mildew and my beautiful clothes turn musty with mould. It's gross and it drives me crazy. Sound familiar my sub-tropical friends? Can I get a witness?

The only person more incensed by our soggy state of affairs was Mr. Spring. I say 'was' because like a true romantic I did my research and bought him a top of the line dehumidifier for his birthday last week. And can I tell you, this puppy has already pulled litres of moisture from our bedding, carpets, his books, and our clothes. (Including my most beloved antique Chinese silk evening coat that I thought I'd never wear again because no matter how many times I had it dry cleaned it kept developing a horrible mildewy stench.) The whole house is smelling fresher and healthier and I'm not exaggerating when I tell you - it feels like a miracle.

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What is this dream machine?

So glad you asked! We got a Slimline 12L Climate Dehumidifier. It's not the cheapest model on the market, nor the most expensive. Here's why we love it - the design is clean and sleek, it's super quiet (makes about as much noise as a ceiling fan), and it shuts off automatically when the 2L water catcher fills up so there's no risk of a spill. It's also light enough that I can easily move it from room to room, small enough to tuck away in my very full closet, and it only uses 57¢ of power ever 10 hours. Bargain.

A Special Offer from Damp Solutions Australia

I was so impressed with our dehumidifier (and the fact that after I put off buying it until the last minute, it was delivered to The Cottage in less than 2 days, just in time for the birthday morning unveiling!) that I emailed a copy of this post to Damp Solutions as a 'thank you' testimonial. Darryl then wrote back thanking me for my kind words with an offer to pass on to you... So... The Spring's readers get 10% off all purchases over $100 with the code SSOffer10 at checkout until the end of May AND a free phone consultation with a Damp Solutions technician to save you time and take all the guesswork out of finding the right machine for you. Just call them at 1300 353043. Thanks Darryl!

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What you need to consider when buying a dehumidifier

If I've convinced you that a dehumidifier will change your life too, here's what you need to know before buying...

  • To stop musty smells forming, the humidity level in your house should be below 65%
  • As a rule of thumb, a 20L room dehumidifier will handle 1-2 rooms up to 80 square meters and is capable of removing large quantities of water efficiently. Our 12L works well in a single room and can be moved around as needed. (The number of litres = how much water the machine can pull from the air in a day, so if you live in Darwin, maybe go the 20L!)
  • Some chew through a lot more, but on average The Climate dehumidifier uses very little power and costs about 57¢/10hrs  to run. By comparison, an A/C unit can cost up to  $4.50/day.
  • Get a good filter that's easy to clean. If you run your machine regularly, you'll want to give it a going over once a month.
  • Check the size and weight to ensure your machine will fit in smaller spaces (like a closet) and be easy to move around.
  • If you want to be able to run the dehumidifier when you're sleeping, watching tv, or trying to work, getting a quiet model is a huge priority. Aim for < 46 dB @ 1 metre - a lot of models on the market are super noisy.
  • Any reservoir tank smaller than 2L will have to be emptied frequently. If your machine doesn't switch off automatically when the tank is full - and there are many that don't - you could have a very messy problem on your hands.
  • If you travel it may be nice to set up your machine to turn on for an hour every day, but you'll have to make sure you have a line to drain the water as it builds up in the reservoir.
  • Dehumidifiers made awesome clothes driers because they avoid sun damage, shrinkage, and use less than 1/10th the electricity of a standard drier.