The Winter months are generally difficult for many landlords as the number of complaints about mould in properties rise.
The best course of action for landlords is to make sure that their properties are damp proof and that no internal leaks exist. This way the actions of the tenant can be scrutinised and the cause of mould should then be easily identified.
The landlord should be especially vigilant about tenants blocking up air vents to keep the cold air out and also about tenants drying clothes indoors on radiators or a clothes horse.
When clothes are dried inside the property the relative humidity (RH) of a room can increase by up to 30% which creates the perfect breeding ground for Aspergillus Fumigatus spores. These spores can cause serious permanent respiratory problems.
The ideal way to keep RH down is through the use of a dehumidifier. Any possible condensation will be absorbed by the dehumidifier ensuring that the walls and windows stay free from condensation.
4 Dehumidifier Features for Drying Clothes Indoors
However not just any dehumidifier will be suitable for the job. Look for dehumidifiers with the following 4 features:
- Dehumidifiers should be a desiccant type as these are more efficient than the heavier and noisier compressor types in UK climates
- Look for a ‘Turbo’ or ‘Laundry’ mode. In this mode the dehumidifier works hardest bringing the RH down to a very dry 35% or so (depending on the model).
- A great feature is a movable Louvre which you can adjust to blow the hot air generated by the dehumidifier on the clothes.
- A timer function is very useful so that you can leave the dehumidifier run unattended. 2 hourly increments are suitable.
The Meaco DD8L Desiccant Dehumidifier heats the surrounding air by 10-12C when operating in Laundry mode. This extra heat allows the user to turn the radiators off thereby saving oil/energy plus it helps dry the clothes quicker.
How to Dry Clothes with a Dehumidifier
Drying clothes indoors with a dehumidifier is very easy.
First place the clothes horse and dehumidifier in the smallest room of the house.
Make sure that the clothes are nicely spread out on the clothes rack so that air can circulate amongst them. Close all windows and doors to ensure that the dehumidifier only works hard to bring down the RH in that particular room.
Aim the Louvre at the clothes and if leaving the dehumidifier unattended set the timer function and come back to a rack of perfectly dried clothes.
The advantage of using this method over using dryers is that the clothes don’t shrink.
Other Recommended Dehumidifier
I personally own the Meaco DD8L Desiccant Dehumidifier and I am very happy with it and as such I would be very happy to recommend it.
However I must also recommend the EcoAir DD122 MK5 Desiccant Dehumidifier which features an adjustable Louvre.
In my opinion there is very little between the two dehumidifiers but the EcoAir DD122 MK5 seems to be selling really well at the moment.
By Marcel Springorum from ByeMould.com.
As we head into Autumn you might direct your tenants to the ByeMould Tenant/Landlord Dehumidifier Guide in order to avoid any mould related problems.