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    Yes, I knew there would be condensation, everyone told me there'd be condensation, but how do you deal with it? I'm spending 20 mins every morning wiping down the windows which, I know, in the grand scheme of things isn't much, but if I don't get a chance to do it before school run and am then out for a few hours, it doesn't get done. Things left on window ledges are going mouldy - even wooden photo frames

    Would a dehumidifier be the answer? I'm reluctant to pay for the electricity to run a dehumidifier but if that's what it takes to counteract the ensuing mould, then so be it.

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    We stayed in a rented house in Henderson Valley (on top of the ridge, go figure!) in the bush, in August, so there was a lot of damp around. There were dehumidifiers in all the bedrooms. On advice from our Kiwi family, we used to run the dehumidifier for 20 to 30 minutes in our room before going to bed, and in the bathroom for about the same time after having a bath or shower, and together with having the log burner going when we were in, and airing the place if the weather was suitable, that kept things down. It was also fantastic for drying towels and washing - otherwise, they just hung there and stayed wet.

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    A dehumidifier will transform your damp home. Not only will it solve the condensation problem it will make the whole place feel warmer and more pleasant. The better ones have a humidity control so you can choose your level of comfort and just leave it running in some central location like a hallway. Once you have dried the place out it will only run a few hours a day anyway so the running costs won't be great; Contact Energy estimate 7c/hour.

    In a damp home you are wasting some of the energy used to heat the house so in theory your heating bills would drop slightly.

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    Thanks folks - will get researching now on the best/best value one to buy

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    A cheap Warehouse one will do the job but ours only lasted a few years. I would definitely go for a quality model such as a Mitsubishi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mylesdw View Post
    A cheap Warehouse one will do the job but ours only lasted a few years. I would definitely go for a quality model such as a Mitsubishi.
    Thanks - can you recommend a good review site by the way? My hubby does like to do his research before committing to anything

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    I don't have any particular favourite site for reviews. For any appliance that I expect to use for years and years I nearly always go for a name brand who does a lot of business in that field.

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    Thanks

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    The subject of dehumidifiers has been discussed many time on the forum, so would suggest a search for some suggestions / ideas. For example this thread http://www.enz.org/forum/showthread.php?t=24810.

    Some things that you need to consider if you do go for a dehumidifier, is that they don't work if the room is too cold and one with wheels is generally preferred so that you can move it easily from room to room.

    Ian

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    I second the dehumidifier advice, ours has been a God send. Lukcily we brought ours from the UK (we lived in an old house back home so used it every so often in the winter!)we've got one that claims to do a three bedroom house over two levels, and we don't need to move it from the back hallway for it to be effective in all the bedrooms and bathrooms at the back of the house.

    I'm a big believer in airing the house too, especially in the mornings after a night of having the fire/heat pump on. Blast the house through with some fresh air, then wipe down the windows, close them, let the rooms get back to an acceptable temp and stick the dehumidifier on for a while. Though the problem's worse in our house here, even back home in our double glazed, centrally heated old house we used to get condensation, so it hasn't been that big of a deal for us to have to deal with it here as well!

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