That's great, thanks for the feedback.My Elma Solvex SE continues to perform perfectly. Given how much it gets used I would really like the significantly more expensive fully automated version (Elma Solvex RM) because the SE model requires the basket to be manually lowered into each jar, then raised to be spun, then moved to the next jar. With 4 jars and the drying location this does require a lot of interaction.
However ... I still cannot afford / justify the spend so will continue with the SE for the indefinite future. One consideration against getting the automated version was that there is a LOT more to go wrong with this and the possible need to get the machine itself serviced.
I have not vented the exhaust port - I just open a window in the room.