“ Brand: Duracraft „
==Duracraft 10 Litre Dehumidifier==
Before we moved into the flat we live in now which is a new build and was perfect for us in every way we lived for 7 years in the dampest dingiest flat you could ever imagine. However we put up with it because it was staff accommodation and we didn't have to pay out a single bill so were living for scot free! However the damp was something that we just needed to sort out and this is where this lovely dehumidifier came into the picture.
==Price and Availability==
I have to admit to not actually buying the item myself but when Mum and Dad saw how literally wet everything was inside out flat they stepped in and helped us out. Which is crazy really because we were both earning good enough money and with not having to pay any bills we should have had enough money to be able to buy items like this but what with regular night out and holidays away there just didn't seem to be the spare cash.
The fact that dehumidifiers are just not one of those cheap items means that we never seemed to have enough money to buy one out right and when my parents handed this item over to us I don't think I realised how much was spent on this model. You can pick up a basic one for around £100 but this one is a little bit higher in price and is currently selling for £160 in Argos. It was probably a touch cheaper 7 years ago but still an expensive item.
==Look and Design==
This particular dehumidifier is quite slimline in comparison to a lot of others that I have seen and with a width of 32 ½ cm and a height of 22 ½ cm it is still not a small item but more space saving than others. The unit has four little wheels in the corners underneath the main body of the item and this means that it is easy to move from room to room. This is an absolute must because this item is really quite heavy and needs a fair bit of strength to pick up to move upstairs or to put away in storage.
The colours of the machine are white and grey and this makes it a fairly noticeable item in any room but again the sheer size of the item means that it can hardly go unnoticed either. The whole thing is made from an easy to wipe clean plastic that needs little more than a wipe over every few weeks to keep it looking fresh.
There is a small LED light on the top of the dehumidifier that will light up when the water tank is full and needs emptying but there is also an automatic shut off option so that if you are not about to empty the machine it won't overflow with the extracted water which is a real bonus.
The water tank is clearly visible from the front of the machine so that you can keep tabs on the amount of water that is in the tank and how far to go until the tank is full up. I tend to empty it before it gets totally full up as it is a lot easier to carry to the sink when not right up tot he brim.
The machine is very easy to use and there isn't really much thought that needs to go into turning it on. The mains plug needs putting in and the power cable is not especially long so the dehumidifier will need to be positioned quite close to a plug socket although it does give a couple meters of length so its not too bad.
There is only 1 speed setting so once the machine is plugged in and the switch turned on it starts up and beginning to extract that moisture out of the air. The results are more or less instantaneous and I was surprised that after a mere hour I could see a good deal of water in the tank. Our flat was super damp though so I cant' say how it would work in different rooms which suffer with less damp.
The fact that the device can suck out up to 10 litres of water from the air and the rooms during just one day is really amazing but the only draw back with this is the fact that the water tank inside the machine will only hold 2.9 litres of water so will need emptying regularly in order to do this.
With the cut off of power if the tank gets full it means that if you are out all day and leave the dehumidifier on it will only reach the 2.9 litre amount of water drawn out of the air which is a real shame but I guess the small water tank means that it is able to keep the relatively slimline design so you can't have it all.
Another great thing of this particular product is the fact that it is so quiet. Our flat was only very small and the machine would literally be sat right next to me whilst I was on the sofa (the machine was n the floor not sat on the sofa with me) but this didn't interrupt me watching TV and I would hardly notice it was working its magic.
One main thing that I wouldn't have though of whilst we were living in our bill free flat was the cost of electricity to keep this item up and running. I think it would be quite a costly thing to keep on all day everyday but I must admit that we did keep it running for every possible moment seeing as we weren't paying.
The fact that in the time that we had it on I lost count of the amount of times that I needed to empty the tank on a weekly basis and we used it for many months on a continuous cycle.
The dampness was starting to dry out of the flat and with a lot of pro active measures taken by me such as opening more windows, wiping the old sash windows with a sponge every morning to remove the condensation and so on it seemed as if we were getting somewhere with tackling the damp situation. This aided the mould and with a lot of cleaning and attention to the flat the problems did die away. I did keep the machine on all the time because after all we had it and we weren't paying any bills!
After a good deal of time I started to notice cracks in the corners of the front room near to the ceiling that certainly hadn't been there before but I shrugged it off. The machine was still on and it was surprisingly still drawing out water from the air and the rooms in the flat. The water tank did of course need less emptying as there were generally less damp in the flat so this was to be expected.
However I did start to notice more and more cracks in the walls as time went on and I began to feel that perhaps I was drawing too much of the moisture out of the walls. I then started to use the machine sporadically and decided that I would keep at my pro active actions of window opening and wiping around and only when the weather was colder outside would I have the dehumidifier on more.
The fact that the machine was able to draw out so much moisture from the air and the walls really was a surprise to me and I couldn't believe how well it worked. It helped so much with our damp problem and the item was so quiet and so easy to operate that you would hardly notice that it was working its magic day or night.
I have recently taken this item out of the garage at mums house because of the fact we are moving from our current new build flat into an older style property and dampness has shown up on the survey we have had on it.
I got the dehumidifier up and running and it is still working just as well as it ever did although there really is no dampness to draw out of our current flat I am sure this machine will work its wonders in the kitchen of our new house when we eventually move in so I have got it ready in preparation.
As you can probably tell I really cannot rate this product highly enough. It is a relatively expensive item but when you take into account the cost of getting people in to get rid of your damp problem this is far cheaper and a more DIY option that I would strongly recommend trying out first. It works quickly and quietly and is a good shape and design that I can really find no faults at all with it. For these reasons I feel that nothing less than a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a very high recommendation will do!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.