If you’re ready to upgrade your clothes dryer you may have questions about energy efficiency. It’s really a matter of your priorities – like environmental concerns, cost, or a little of both. If you are energy-conscious, you’re probably looking for the best energy efficient clothes dryer.
Good Housekeeping’s 2019 pick of the best energy efficient clothes dryer (large capacity) was the Samsung 7.4 cubic foot gas dryer. It features: Energy Star certified, motion sensor to prevent over-drying, Eco-dry cycle that uses 25% less energy per load, and steam technology to reduce wrinkles and sanitize. Whirlpool’s 7 cubic foot electric dryer, with moisture sense and wrinkle shield is another popular pick.
Gas or Electric?
Another question you may have is whether a gas or electric powered dryer is more efficient? Energy Star says compact, ventless electric dryers with a heat pump are the most energy efficient. If you need a larger model for a family they won’t be your best pick. Instead, opt for a large capacity gas dryer. They are a little more expensive to purchase than their electric counterparts, but they are more efficient because it takes a lot of electricity to heat an electric dryer. You’ll need to have a gas line, so remember to weigh the initial costs of installing a gas dryer.
Here is an easy way to compare the potential savings of using a gas powered dryer:
The average cost of drying 10 loads of laundry in an electric dryer is $3.60.
The average cost of drying 10 loads of laundry in a comparable gas dryer is $2.40.
If you have a family of four, this equates to a savings of about $65.00 per year.
There are additional features to consider when purchasing a clothes dryer, because rarely is there a one-size-fits-all solution. Consider these.
Do you live in a small apartment? A stackable washer/ dryer combo may be the best option. Do you have a large family in a larger home? If so, a large capacity dryer would be better.
Stainless Steel Drums
Plastic drums damage easily and their roughened interior surfaces can damage clothes. You won’t have to worry about this with a stainless steel drum. Stainless are the most durable, but also more costly.
Vented or Ventless
Be sure you can vent exhaust outdoors. If not, a ventless dryer might be your only option. If you can cut a vent opening then you have your choice.
This feature decreases drying time, is easier on your clothes, saves between 20 to 60 percent in energy costs – and is found only in ventless units.
If you have heat-sensitive clothes you may want a dryer that is Woolmark Apparel Care certified.
This is a high-temperature feature that is great for drying babies’ clothing. It’s also a great feature for people with allergies, skin sensitivities or impaired immune systems.
This feature is definitely better for your clothes! Sensors detect moisture and shut off when clothes are dry.
Other Specialty Features
Features you may see offered include child locks, eco-dry for small loads, wrinkle guard, fast dry, steam refresh, and rack drying.
Are energy efficient appliances worth the cost?
Bottom line – they usually are worth the cost. Energy efficient appliances may be expensive, but they are usually worth the cost. But, in the long run, you’ll save money and also help the environment. When buying a new dryer, look for the models that have a higher Energy Factor (EF) rating and features like sensor technology, varying temperature cycles, and if time always seems to be an issue, you’ll probably want a model that features fast drying cycles over other perks. If you want to hold onto your dryer (and your clothes) for as long as possible, look for features like low-heat, moisture sensors, and reverse tumble.
Don’t overlook the possibility you may need to upgrade your circuits and outlets, and possibly install an exhaust fan, when installing your new clothes dryer. Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, & Electrical at 800.461.3010 for expert assistance.