Compressor vs Desiccant Dehumidifier Comparison Guide

With the introduction of our Cool-Seasons Desiccant Dehumidifier range, some of us might be a little confused whether a Cool-Seasons Desiccant or a classic NWT Compressor Dehumidifier is the right choice. So we decided to put together this handy little guide to help you work out which might be right for you.

Compressor vs Desiccant:an unbiased view (we sell both!)

Compressor dehumidifiers (also called refrigerant) have been used to dry out our homes for more than 40 years. Over this period, they have performed very well, building a reputation as a reliable energy efficient method of removing large volumes of excess moisture.

However, Desiccant-type dehumidifiers are also becoming quite popular in Australia.

So, how do you choose – ‘Compressor’ or ‘Desiccant’ dehumidifier?

In general terms, the Compressor dehumidifier still retains the position as top performer, particularly when the indoor temperature is around 20°C or above.

But if your indoor temperature is consistently below 20°c, then consider the Desiccant dehumidifier as a great option. They may be rated as having a lower overall moisture removal capacity, but they really do perform well at their rated capacity in those lower winter temperatures.

Compressor Desiccant Comparison Chart


Selecting the right model will depend on why you want to use it, when you use it, how you use it and where you live in Australia.

Why

Most of our customers purchase dehumidifiers to stop moisture related problems such as mould, dust-mites, condensation and musty odours etc.

Some of the issues are property related: protection of our valued and treasured possessions such as furnishing, clothing, footwear, camera equipment, electronics, etc.

Other issues are health related – a strong need to stop allergens such as mould and dust-mites before they grow, breed and then become airborne and affect our family’s health.


When

“When is the best time to dry the home – wait for winter”?

No, don’t wait for winter. Most homes get a build-up of indoor moisture through the summer and autumn months. So, we suggest you get started early; remove all that excess moisture in the warmer months and then do follow-up drying through your wetter/colder months of winter.

Having said that, some parts of Australia have wet summer months and dry winter months – keep reading for more help.


How

“How do you use a dehumidifier”?

You might be surprised that you do not have to run the dehumidifier every day to combat these common problems. Turning your dehumidifier on just once a week or so is generally enough to manage it. BUT, make sure to do the deep-down ‘structural’ drying first.


Where

So, now that we’ve discussed the WHY, the WHEN, the HOW, we can now help you decide the right type of dehumidifier for your area in Australia:

*Sydney, Northern NSW, WA, NT & QLD

An Ausclimate NWT Compressor Dehumidifier type may be the preferred option for these areas because of high rainfall season of summer and autumn.

*As example: even though Sydney has its fair share of rain in winter, it’s often during the warmer wet months that moisture builds up in the home. Then, why do you notice the excess moisture in winter and not the previous months?

Why?… because, as it becomes colder we tend to close our doors and windows: therefore, trapping the excess built up of moisture inside the home. Once we turn the heater on, mould starts appearing, windows have condensation and that musty odour is back.

If you keep your home dry during the previous wetter months, it’s quite likely you won’t see such a problem the following winter.

Melbourne, VIC, Southern NSW, Tasmania & SA

An Ausclimate Cool-Seasons Desiccant Dehumidifier type of dehumidifier may be the preferred option because these are typically cooler climates where the moisture problems are more confined to the winter months.

Generally, in the southern States, indoor room temperatures are consistently cooler than our northern neighbours: therefore, an Ausclimate Cool-Seasons Desiccant type dehumidifier may be the better option.

Others areas around Australia

The above regions all have areas that don’t fit nicely with the above options. There will be many areas where either Compressor or Desiccant or both may operate very effectively. Consider issue other issues such as local geography, elevation, bushland, shade, air movement, winds/breezes and of distance from the coast. These are all factors that influence your choice, including the architecture of your own home.

Also, it is important to note that it is the indoor room temperature and not the outside temperature that has a large bearing on selecting the right type of dehumidifier. Do you generally use a heater when operating a dehumidifier? Or would you consider using a Compressor dehumidifier with a heater option, such as the NWT All-Seasons 35L Compressor Dehumidifier.

A fair bit to think about!


If you’re still not quite sure, make it easy for yourself & talk to an Ausclimate industry-expert.

1800 122 100 (free call)

Ausclimate: Best service, best quality, best prices.

Thanks for reading, if you have any questions, please give us a yell.

Cheers,

Allan Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder
visit the website: ausclimate.com.au

Ausclimate welcomes Nicole Bijlsma at the Melbourne Home Show

Nicole Photo

Ausclimate On-Location:

August 18th to 21st – Melbourne Home Show

We're super excited for a huge week at the gigantic Melbourne Home Show. We are delighted to announce that in conjunction with our appearance at the Home Show, Ausclimate will be featuring a discussion, "Allergens in the home" by accomplished Naturopath and CEO/founder of the Australian College of Environmental StudiesNicole Bijlsma. Nicole is an accomplished Naturopath and Acupuncturist, having lectured at various universities for 12 years. She is the bestselling author of Healthy Home Healthy Family, has published in peer reviewed journals and has written extensively for Body+Soul newspaper. She is regularly consulted by the media to discuss electromagnetic fields, toxic chemicals and sick building syndrome, lecturing in Australia and abroad to integrative GPs about environmental health issues.

We are extremely lucky to have Nicole presenting with us on what we all agree is an extremely important topic. Nicole noted to us that "More people die from breathing outdoor air in Australia, than they do from the road toll. [And, incredibly] Indoor air is 5-10 times more polluted than outdoor air." Nicole will be discussing everyday sources of pollutants in the house and simple methods that people can employ to reduce their exposure.

This talk, presented by Ausclimate will be taking place at 2PM on Sunday at the 'Build, Renovate, Decorate Seminar' Stage at the Melbourne Home Show.

Ausclimate will be at stall Q42 of the Melbourne Home Show from Thursday through Sunday with our complete product range on display; Air Purifiers, Dehumidifiers and our latest Commercial Dehumidifier range. They'll all be there, along with our own expert advice about the right products for the right situation.

So for a dryer, cleaner & healthier indoor climate, stop by, say hello and take advantage of our great Melbourne Homeshow Specials. And be sure not to miss out on Nicole Bijlsma's "Allergens in the home" discussion 2PM on Sunday.

See you there!

Allan Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder
visit the website: http://www.ausclimate.com.au

Full locations & dates:
Thu 18th to Sun 21st August - Melbourne Home Show
Fri 16th to Sun 25th September - Costco Canberra

You never know who you'll run into at Costco!

Allan with Lleyton

See us in-person:
May 11th to 22nd – Auburn Costco (Sydney)
May 19th to 22nd – Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (Gold Coast)

We're 4th day into our latest visit to the Sydney Costco & look who I got to say hello to. None other than Australian tennis icon, Lleyton Hewitt! We’re here at Sydney's Auburn Costco till next Sunday with our full range of Dehumidifiers & Air-Purifiers, so make sure to come on by, see what they're all about & say gidday!

Cheers

Allan Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder
visit the website: http://www.ausclimate.com.au

Full locations & dates:

Allan & Chris:
Wed 11th May to Sun 22nd May - Auburn Costco (Sydney)
Thu 26th May to Sun 29th May - Sydey Home Show (stand F32)

Russell & Joanne
Thu 19th May to Sun 22nd May - Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (Hope Island, on the Gold Coast)
Tue 14 Jun to Sun 26 Jun - Erina Fair Shopping Centre (Not far from Gosford, NSW)

It's raining cats & dogs!

Soggy Ziggy

See us in-person:

Mar 29th to Apr 10th – (Erina Fair Shopping Centre, NSW)
Apr 13th to 24th – (Costco Moorabbin, VIC)

As you can see by this picture of a very soggy Ziggy (my son's pooch) it's been really coming down lately! We got a big dose of it on the road & at our hotel yesterday as we made our way into the Gosford/Erina area. We survived nonetheless & will be all ready for our first day back at the Erina Fair Shopping Centre tomorrow. We'll be here till the 10th of April, so please come on down, see our products in person & say hello.

Cheers!

Russell Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder
visit the website: http://www.ausclimate.com.au

Full locations & dates:

Russell & Joanne:
Tue 29th of March to Sun 10th of April - Erina Fair Shopping Centre, Erina (Central Coast) NSW (Week 1 at the Woolworths end) (Week 2 at the Coles end)

Allan & Chris:
Wed 13th to Sun 24th of April - Costco Moorabbin (South of Melbourne) VIC

Ausclimate's Everywhere!

Erina Ausclimate Banner

See us in-person:

15th to 28th of Feb - Erina Fair Shopping Centre, Erina NSW
15th to 21st of Feb - Top Ryde City Shopping Centre, Sydney NSW

Ausclimate's all over the place in NSW & QLD in the coming months! We're especially excited for our return to Erina Fair Shopping Centre (pictured). Joanne notes "We always love it when we get to see both new & returning friends of Ausclimate all over the place. We're always amazed at how many customers from previous years that we get to catch up with, have a chat & make sure that they're still getting the most out of their Dehumidifiers. Erina's always great for that!"

Ausclimate's excited to be back on the road & will be bringing both our full range of Dehumidifiers & our new range of Air-Purifiers with us. Come by & say hello!

Cheers.

Russell Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder
visit the website: ausclimate.com.au

Full locations & dates:

Russell & Joanne:
Mon 15th to Sun 28th of Feb - Erina Fair Shopping Centre, Erina (Central Coast) NSW (at the Coles end)
Thu 10th to Sun 13th of Mar - Brisbane Courier Mail Home Show, Brisbane QLD (site A29)

Allan & Chris
Mon 15th to Sun 21st of Feb - Top Ryde City Shopping Centre, Sydney NSW (near Dan Murphys)
Fri 4th to Sun 13th of Mar - Costco Auburn, Western Sydney NSW

In Your Words

Just wanted to take a special moment to share this well-worded & comprehensive review of our Large 35 Litre/Day Dehumidifier by the lovely Michellina on her wonderful website at the-labrinth.com She has also shared some heartwarming words about how Ausclimate has helped with her chemical sensitivities & mould allergies on the AESSRA forum: http://www.aessra.org

"My dehumidifier has worked like a dream: my mould allergies cause me to wake up congested, dry eyed and with horrid headaches. After two days I've woken up clear and refreshed. I can't believe how good it works, just by keeping the humidity down..."

Thanks so much Michellina, it really makes what we do worthwhile when we hear about our Ausclimate products making such a difference to peoples lives.

This Large 35L model, as well as the rest of our Dehumidifier range is available for purchase right now at ausclimate.com.au

Cheers,
The Ausclimate team

QLD Sanctuary Cove Boat Show

QLD Sanctuary Cove Boat Show

Thursday 22 May - Sunday 25 May 2014

A callout to all of our Ausclimate boat enthusiasts, make sure to come out and visit us at Booth 53 of the QLD Sanctuary Cove Boat Show where we will be exhibiting our range of NWT Dehumidifiers!

Just like our homes, boats have more than their share of moisture problems. The number one choice for our boat owners is the NWT Compact 12 lire/day Dehumidifier. Don't let the small size fool you, this powerful yet compact unit sure packs a punch and is suited to boats, caravans, storage rooms and walk-in robes. It removes up to 12 litres of moisture per day and is suited to 20 square metre/50 cubic metre areas. The low centre of gravity and continuous hose drain option are ideal for running the water straight down the sink!

Our Ausclimate friend, Tony Smith uses his Ausclimate Dehumidifier to keep his pride & joy, the Free Spirit (pictured) dry & in ship-shape.

Cheers Tony! Happy boating & see you at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show.

Cheers,

Russell Bryan
Ausclimate Co-Founder

Cyclone Ita - Baby Charlie

Cyclone Ita - Baby Charlie

As many of you will know, Cyclone Ita recently rocked north QLD as the strongest tropical cyclone to impact the area since Cyclone Yasi three years prior. But despite Ita’s destruction, we at Ausclimate were very happy to hear of a little blessing from some of our latest Ausclimate friends, Kasia and Daniel of Tully, QLD.

Kasia and partner Daniel are from the small town of Tully - approximately 140 kilometers south of Cairns and 210 kilometres north of Townsville and one of the wettest places in Australia. Kasia and Daniel had planned well ahead for the disastrous effects of Cyclone Ita with their Ausclimate Dehumidifier purchase. It came as a surprise however that a little bundle of joy decided to arrive just as the cyclone hit! We were delighted to hear of the safe delivery of baby boy, Charlie and that mother and son are doing well.

Kasia spoke of their thought process through this crazy series of events; " As I was watching the cyclone's progress, I decided we were in the safest place possible - surrounded by midwives and an obstetrician on call in a solid brick building".

We were also happy to hear that in addition to the safe delivery of their baby boy Charlie, their Dehumidifier was also delivered safely despite the wild weather. All the best to Kasia, Daniel & Charlie as well as all those effected by Cyclone Ita. And as always, if you have any home moisture problems of your own, please don't hesitate to get in touch, we're here to help with friendly, expert advice and product details.

Cheers,

Russell Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder
www.ausclimate.com.au

Boating and caravan enthusiasts – exciting news!

Compact Dehumidifier boat interior

Ausclimate has just relaunched the most powerful compact Dehumidifier on the Australian market, the NWT Compact Dehumidifier.

This quality model has proven over and over again to be ideal in not just the marine industry but also perfect for caravans, storage rooms, walk-in robes, bedrooms - the list of uses just goes on and on.

The highlight of this unique Dehumidifier model is its compact size and powerful moisture removal capacity. Standing at only 44cm high, it weighs 8.6kgs and extracts up to a whopping 12 litres of water per day!

The sturdy base and low centre of gravity are great for boats and caravans, while its strong fold-down carry handle makes it easy to move and stow away in small places. Another great feature is its continuous drainage option. If you want to bypass the 2.5 litre water-holding tank, it’s as simple as unscrewing the drainage cap, removing the rubber bung and pushing on a 12 - 13mm drainage hose. This can be done in a matter of seconds!

One last added bonus; if there’s a power failure, this dehumidifier will automatically re-start again once power returns. The dehumidifier’s manual start also makes it perfect to use with timers.

Remember, all Ausclimate NWT Dehumidifiers are covered by a 2 year full replacement warranty for domestic use.

To check out more features and specifications, check out our NWT Compact Dehumidifier Specification Sheet or to view our full range of Dehumidifiers, take a look at our website: www.ausclimate.com.au

To make a purchase or for friendly expert advice you can always call Allan or Russell, 7 days a week.

Allan, NSW Sales Manager
allan@ausclimate.com.au
0427 693 273

Russell, QLD Sales Manager
russell@ausclimate.com.au
0422 008 777

www.ausclimate.com.au

Bedroom Mattress Dehumidifier Drying Guide

Bedroom Mattress Dehumidifier Drying Guide

Get rid of mould and dust mites from your mattress with your Ausclimate Dehumidifier!

We spend around a third of our lives in bed, and if you examine that bed closely, you may be unpleasantly surprised at who your sleeping with! Dust mites and other various microscopic nasties are likely breeding in your mattress all year round and can cause skin allergies, general allergies irritations and various breathing issues.

But luckily, there is an easy solution; Your DEHUMIDIFIER!

My partner, Joanne (pictured) always tells people how amazed she was the first time she saw about how much moisture the Dehumidifier was able to extract from the families mattresses at home.

Follow these simple instructions to dry out your mattress, carpet and inside of your wardrobe, reducing the moisture levels, therefore eliminating their optimal breeding conditions for these “nasties”. Through regular use, you’ll sleep better knowing that dust mites won't be there to affect you or your loved ones anymore.

Some easy to follow tips to dry out your bedroom:

  1. Place the Ausclimate Dehumidifier in a central location within the room
  2. Remove the bed linen to fully expose the mattress
  3. Drape the pillows over a clothes airer (optional)
  4. Pull the mattress away from the wall, about 20cms
  5. Prop up the mattress on its side (optional)
  6. Close the windows
  7. Turn on the ceiling fan or other fan/s for additional air circulation (optional)
  8. Set your Ausclimate Dehumidifier’s humidistat control to 30% for electronic models or ‘continuous’ for the smaller 12L/Day models
  9. Close the door behind you and let your Dehumidifier do its magic!

(Repeat this process every couple of months or during times of high rainfall/humidity)

And as always, if you have any questions, specific moisture issues or water-damage restoration questions, please feel free to contact Allan or myself for expert advice. We're always here to help! Ausclimate Contact Page

You can also review our Operating Tips on the FAQ page of our website: Ausclimate FAQ Page

Regards,

Russell Bryan
Ausclimate Co-founder

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