When you think of tumble dryers, you probably think the choice is simple: to have or have not. These helpful home appliances can make the wintertime easier, but if you’ve decided to go ahead with a dryer, you might want to know a little more about the technology involved, in order to make an informed choice. Here’s a couple of helpful tips about buying the right dryer, as well as the different kinds of processes they use:
Condenser Dryers Versus Vented Tumble Dryers
A condenser tumble dryer works by passing hot air over the tumbling clothes, however compared to the old kind of tumble dryers, the damp air is processed slightly differently. The moisture is separated into a container for holding the water, which needs to be emptied out occasionally.
This differs from vented tumble dryers (the standard ones) that expel moisture air into the laundry through a vent. These older-style dryers can be hazardous in small apartments where the ventilation isn’t good. This can lead to mildew or moisture problems in the home, and the machine becoming strained and damaged.
The newer condenser tumble dryer models eliminate this problem because the moisture is isolated into a container of water. The laundry will still need to be ventilated, as the warm air is expelled out of the dryer and needs to go somewhere. However, if you have a concerns about moisture in your home, or you don’t have enough ventilation, then this may be the best option.
What about Energy Efficiency?
In terms of the two types of dryers, they all have variable levels of energy efficiency. Check the energy rating on your chosen model: anything above ‘C’ is ok, though ‘A’ rated dryers are the most efficient. There are also various ways you can reduce the energy consumption on your dryer, to get the most out of it.
Purchasing for Additional Settings
With so many clothes dryers on the market, many people may think that additional dryer settings are great for convenience. Nowadays there’s all sorts of fancy settings on dryers. Along with the standard ”low – medium – high” settings there’s things like turbo dry and an anti-crease cycle. Essentially you don’t need these additional features. A speed drying setting will basically increase the heat in order to decrease the drying time. You can do this manually yourself. An anti-crease cycle will tumble dry the clothes slowly after they are fully dry to get the creases out, again something you can do yourself.
Whether you’re purchasing a high quality condenser tumble dryer or a vented dryer, it pays to be aware of the various different factors that affect cost. This will make it easier to save money on the purchase.