How To Prepare Your Laundry This Winter
With winter just around the corner, and the cooler weather amongst us, the days of hanging your washing out on the line are becoming less and less. With many of us now relying on our dryers to help get through the wetter months, we thought we would provide some insight to the different dryers available on the market.
Vented Dryers are the simplest clothes dryers and have been the most common type of clothes dryer based on their affordability, range and effectiveness. They work by blowing hot air into the cavity, which is then vented out of the appliance. With these dryers, you need to ensure that the excess heat which is produced from the dryer has somewhere to go to avoid hot and humid air getting pumped into your laundry, causing condensation. To prevent this, the laundry should be properly ventilated, by having an exhaust, having a hose at the back of the dryer to go outdoors, or having the dryer near an open window.
Condenser Dryers avoids the issue of condensation which Vented Dryers have as they extract the moisture from the hot air once it’s been used. The hot air gets sent to a collection tank or drain, making them very handy to have in winter. Condenser dryers are a little more expensive then vented dryers (and you’ll need to remember to empty the water reservoir, unless the machine’s plumbed in), but are more versatile because good room ventilation isn’t as important.
Heat Pump Dryer
Heat Pump Dryers are the most energy efficient. They use a heat pump to heat the air and dry clothes. The warm damp air is cooled to remove the water that’s collected in the reservoir or channeled to a drain, and cool air is then reheated and recycled inside. Heat pump condenser clothes dryers are more expensive to purchase, but are very energy efficient to run, using around 63% less energy than an equivalent size vented dryer. Even though they take a little bit longer to dry a typical load, they don’t have the unpleasant side effects of other types of dryers as not only do they condense and remove moisture from the air, they don’t vent heated air at all.
The ultimate appliance for the space savvy buyer, is a combination in a single cabinet of a washing machine and a clothes dryer. They are ideal for the small homes where you haven’t got the room for both a washer and a dryer, a holiday house where you won’t be in a rush to complete your washing or people with mobility issues who may find it difficult to transfer clothes between machines. They have similar purchase and runnings costs to owning a separate front load washer and condenser dryer. One of the downfalls of purchasing this appliance, is that the dryer component can only dry around half the capacity of the washer as well a taking a longer time to complete both washer and dryer cycles.