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Compressor vs Desiccant Dehumidifier Comparison Guide

With the recent introduction of our new 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 put together this 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 5

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 type dehumidifier 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 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 Ausclimate 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:
http://www.ausclimate.com.au


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New Retail Partners for Ausclimate

brunswick-betta-home-living

We hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas & here’s to a Happy New Year!

Ausclimate’s own Pete Higgins welcomes on board Kim & the team from the Brunswick Betta Home Living store. Kim and the Betta Home Living team service the inner and northern suburbs of Melbourne. Best prices guaranteed! We’re delighted to welcome them to the growing Ausclimate family.

Brunswick Betta Home Living
843/851 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, VIC

All of our Ausclimate Retail-Partners have taken up the challenge to match our online store’s fantastic sale prices for the Winix Air Purifiers and NWT Dehumidifiers, ensuring everyone will get the best deal Australia-wide.

In addition to Brunswick Betta Home Living, our Ausclimate Air Purifiers & Dehumidifier products are available to see in person & for purchase at the following Ausclimate Retail-Partner locations.
(please note each store only carries limited stock)

Victoria

Brunswick:
Brunswick Betta Home Living
Ph 03 9384 5499

Moorabbin:
Moorabbin Betta Home Living
Ph 03 9596 9233

Olinda:
Olinda Pharmacy
Ph 03 97511269

Templestowe Lower:
Manningham Pharmacy
Ph 03 8850 0555

New South Wales

Coffs Harbour:
Boambee Industrial Supply Co.
Ph 02 6652 6294

Erina (Central Coast):
Erina Fair MegaSave Chemist
Ph 02 4365 6677

Newcastle:
Charlestown Square MegaSave Chemist
Ph 02 4942 5669

North Sydney:
North Sydney Betta Home Living
Ph 02 9929 9399

Queensland

Townsville:
Cate’s Chemist
Ph 07 47284261

Hervey Bay:
Con Souvlis Betta Home Living
Ph 07 41252555

Yeppoon:
Yeppoon Betta Home Living
Ph 07 49393266

If you are nearby one of the above locations, please stop by & take a look, otherwise if you are suffering from home moisture problems, stuffy air, allergies or breathing issues, please take a look at our website or give us a call. Always here to help!

Cheers,

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


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Thank you Nicole!

Thank You Nicole

Ausclimate On-Location:
September 16 to 25 – Costco Canberra

Ausclimate have just finished up at the Melbourne Home Show & phew, what a week! We had a great time meeting everybody & providing them with clean-air & home-moisture solutions.

We’d like to extend our deepest thanks to Nicole Bijlsma for her wonderful “Allergens in the home” discussion this past Sunday. She provided such a wonderful & interesting insight on everyday home pollutants & what you can do to reduce your exposure to them.

Pete Higgins also did a fantastic job at his first Ausclimate Home Show, impressing everybody with his personable approach, great product knowledge & his very suave David Beckham aftershave.

Pete noted to us: “It was so pleasing for both the customers & us that we were able to offer a genuine solution with either an air-purifier, a dehumidifier, or both. Many visitors to our stand weren’t aware of the moisture trapped in their carpets, furnishings and bedding and that this was causing mould and condensation which in turn was making them sick. It was great to help.

We were wowed by Nicole’s talk on Sunday. Very interesting stuff! Nicole offered some real insight into the potentially damaging effects of an unhealthy home & some great solutions including; cleaning techniques, natural cleaning products, micro-fibre cloths, as well as our dehumidifiers & air-purifiers. It was great to have Nicole with us!”

A big thank you to Nicole & everybody that made the Melbourne Home Show such a success for Ausclimate. We’ll be back in action on-location in September at Costco Canberra & then in October at the Canberra Home Show. Until then please feel free to give us a call, or visit the website for all of your Dehumidifier & Air-Purifier needs.

Cheers

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

Full locations & dates:

Fri 16th to Sun 25th September – Costco Canberra

Fri 21st to Sun 23rd October – Canberra Home Show


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Ausclimate welcomes Pete Higgins to the Melboune Home Show

Ausclimate On-Location:
August 18th to 21st – Melbourne Home Show

It’s all happening! We’re all set up & first day in. As you can see here, our very debonair Ausclimate Rep, Pete Higgins is just chuffed to be joining Chris & myself for his first official Ausclimate Homeshow. Pete comes from a homeshow industry background & has just been a wonderful addition to the Ausclimate family. His passion for the our Air Purifier & Dehumidifier products & the difference that they can really make to people’s lives has been just wonderful to see!

This is also our first home show with ALL of our product range on display – Air Purifiers, Dehumidifiers & our newest Commercial Dehumidifier range. They’re all here, along with our own expert advice about the right products for the right situation.

So for a dryer, cleaner & healthier indoor climate, please make sure to stop by, say hello & take advantage of our great Melbourne Homeshow Specials. We’re here until Sunday. 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


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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