Desiccant dehumidifiers are the UK’s most popular dehumidifiers of recent years. Desiccant dehumidifiers are smaller, lighter and quieter than compressor dehumidifiers, which is ideal for domestic use, particularly in small flats, studios, caravans, boats and for older persons.
Desiccant dehumidifiers control humidity levels using a non-toxic absorbent desiccant called Zeolite. The fan within the dehumidifier draws air across the desiccant, which removes excess water vapour from the air. The desiccant dehumidifier expels air that is about 7 C – 10 C warmer than the air it takes in from the room. This warming of the room makes it ideal for the UK weather.
The biggest difference between a compressor dehumidifier and a desiccant dehumidifier is that the desiccant type works just as effectively at low temperatures (down to 0 C) and high. This is great for areas that do not get their temperature warmed up in the winter such as your kitchen, loft, basement, landing and garages. In general a compressor dehumidifier ‘freezes’ when temperatures fall to 17 C or lower, making it less efficient.
Desiccant dehumidifiers are also the most energy efficient, when used at low settings removing moisture from the air in a much shorter timeframe than compressor dehumidifiers. As they are more effective, desiccant dehumidifiers have better energy efficiency and are therefore cheaper to run (typically using only one third of the electricity consumed by a compressor dehumidifier for the same level of moisture removal). Most desiccant dehumidifiers offer HIGH or TURBO modes where the extraction capacity is doubled. There has been some misunderstanding that at this level they are expensive to run. This is not strictly true. The HIGH mode is there when you need to set a ‘turbo charge’ to you dehumidifier for rapid drying. Thus doubling the extraction rate in the same amount of time. Normal usage should be on the normal setting. Operating without the need for a cold refrigerant gas, desiccant dehumidifiers are the most eco-friendly dehumidifiers.
A desiccant dehumidifier is likely to be the best choice for
• General domestic use
• Mould, damp and mildew prevention
• Stopping bacteria, viruses and dust mites breeding
• Easing humidity related health conditions such as allergies, arthritis, asthma, eczema and chapped skin
• Laundry drying
• Use in garages and to protect boats, caravans, motorhomes and cars
Decided that you want a dehumidifier? Now you can select from the Desiccant Family. You have a choice – Classic or Simple, 7 litre or 10 litre. The Classic 7 litre is the award winning DD122, bestselling desiccant dehumidifier, thanks to its lightweight modern design. On the other hand, the Classic 10 litre has been the no.1 choice for luxury car owners and boat owners, formerly known as the “X-DRY”.
In 2010, the Simple version is brought to you by EcoAir, giving you most of the features available in the Classic at an affordable price. If you are simply looking for a proven dehumidifier that works the same magic but with less functions, you've found it.
The Simple has the same capability as the Classic with the following differences:
Note: Due to our policy of innovation some specifications may be changed without notification.