Jul
10

Buying a New Dryer

There are about a half dozen of things you have to consider before you go looking for a new dryer.  If you want to choose the best clothes dryer for you it is far better to think about what you want and what features you need before you hit the shops.  Once you have read this article your buying decision might even be a bit easier.

Operation of dryers, both electric and gas-fired, is pretty straight forward: they work by heating and aerating clothes. Recent research shows that the energy use of currently available dryers differs by as much as 30%. Dryers are not required to display the EnergyGuide label, and there is no ENERGY STAR program for them, so it can be difficult to know which products are most efficient. This may soon change as interest in energy-saving opportunities in dryers grows and as new high-efficiency dryers (including heat pump dryers) are introduced in the U.S. In the meantime, consider the following features when you’re in the market for a new clothes dryer.

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Gas vs. Electric

In terms of energy use in the home, the performance of electric and gas dryers does not vary widely. However, when including the energy used to convert and deliver electricity and natural gas to the home, standard gas models use much less energy—about one-third as much as comparable electric models—translating into reduced fuel use as well as lower CO2 and other pollutant emissions, Gas dryers are typically less expensive to operate than electric models, but savings vary depending on energy costs in your area. Electric ignition is required for all new gas dryers, eliminating the standing pilot lights found on older models as well as the associated energy waste and safety concerns. One downside to gas is the potential introduction of combustion byproducts in your home if the unit is not vented properly.

Read more: http://smarterhouse.org/laundry/buying-new-dryer

 

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