Tired of drying your clothes outdoors, only for your smalls to fly off or your jeans to get so dry they stand up on their own? Not keen on the tumble-drying alternative? There is another option. We take Kruger Asia’s Secomat for a spin, and find out how this dehumidifier has become an interior drying solution.
How does it work?
The Secomat is basically a very strong dehumidifier, which works at removing excess moisture from the air, thereby improving the humidity levels in your home. This is a strong unit, and therefore a noisy one; as such, it should ideally be placed in a separate room from anyone sleeping (therefore, not a helper’s room); an unused bomb shelter, large cupboard or bathroom, for example.
Why would I use one?
The unit dries anything you put in the same room as it; so, not just clothes but cushions, mattresses, stuffed toys, sneakers – it can even be used to take care of leather goods. High humidity can affect your health – micro-organisms such as mould, mildew, dust mites and silverfish thrive in this kind of environment. Keeping the humidity in check and using the Secomat on stuffed toys, mattresses and bedding will help put a stop to these problems. Importantly, you also can use the machine any time of the day, whether it’s hazy or raining outside.
Is it easy to use?
Definitely. The unit can be delivered and fitted, either into drainage or with a draining canister underneath it, which needs emptying when it’s close to full. The switches vary from dry to drier, and very dry. There’s a digital counter that you place on top of the Secomat to measure room temperature and relative humidity (RH); for a healthy home, RH should be between 40 to 60 percent.
Can I try one out?
Kruger Asia offers a two-week free trial, and will deliver and fit the unit, as well as pass on any relevant user information. If you then decide to buy it, the cost is from $1,700, including a three-year warranty on parts and labour.
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