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Durable? Cools down air?? Runs all the time?
on 10 January 2016
I've had three of these - only one has lasted much over 2 years, but who knows how long a more expensive one would last.
As for cold air - the unit consumes power so overall it can only warm the air up - there is no way for it to cool the air in the mediuim-long term, BUT as someone says it works by condensing water some of which then freezes onto the condensing plate. When it freezes up it stops dehumidifying and defrosts itself. Whilst it is doing that the air coming out will be cool.
Our bedroom rarely reaches 16 degrees C but nevertheless it does a good job of bringing down the humidity to around 50%
As for switching itself off, on the lowest setting if the air is dry enough it will only switch itself on for a brief period every now and then to sample the air - that's good! On the other settings it seems to go all the time.
You can 'plumb it in' using the supplied pipe but you've still got to have somewhere for the water to go. Unfortunately it isn't wall mountable otherwise you could make a hole through an outside wall to let it drain. I have one by the side of a wash basin into which it drains. Not an attractive solution, but needs must. In damp times I leave it on all the time except when using the bedroom, as it rumbles and is certainly not quiet. Meaco dismissed my complaints and said that the mp3 recordings I sent them wouldn't play - those friends of mine who tried playing it had no such problem.