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Clothes Dryers

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How do you choose a clothes dryer and what installation will be required?

There are a number of different dryers on the market

  • Vented Clothes Dryers
  • Washer Dryer Combos
  • Condensor Dryers/ Heat Pump Dryers
  • Drying Cabinets
  • Gas Dryers

Electric Dryers are the standard type of dryer we are used to. They blow hot air through the clothes to dry them. They require only a standard GPO (general power outlet) and adequate ventilation (external venting is preferable).

Condenser Dryers are also electric but dry your clothes by extracting moiusture from the clothes. Heap Pump dryers are also a condenser dryer but they use a heat exchanger as well and can achieve energy ratings of 6 stars. These dryers require less ventilation as hot air is not being used to dry the clothes. You may however need to empty the water catchment reservoir after use. They are also very heavy and wall mounting is not recommended.

Drying cabinets are the latest technology in clothes drying. They are a full height cupboard (about 1700x600x600) with drying capacity to match 16m of clothes line. The also can dry bulky items like quilts and boots. Drying time is less than 2 hours. They need to be vented and are super quiet, drying your clothes without tumbling  but as you can imagine they are pretty expensive too. (around $2000+ installation)

Gas Dyers are an environmentally friendly option offering a cleaner, cheaper fueled option to electricity. Your gas dryer will require a gas point, an exhaust flue and a wall vent. All these can be installed by your building company.

The Facts

  • Sensor Dryers will automatically turn off when your clothes are dry. This reduces power consumption and the risk of over drying your clothes
  • When choosing a dryer try to coordinate the dryer capacity with your washer so you can put a wash straight from the washer into the dryer
  • Check the energy rating on the dryer, if you're going to use your dryer all the time (due to allergies not laziness I hope!) get one with a 5 star rating, it will save you money in the long run.
  • If you are short on room purchase a dryer that can be wall mounted and the controls that can be operated when up highheat pump dryer, environmently friendly
  • Also a drying rack for inside your dryer for drying items you don’t want tumbled (i.e.: tennis shoes)

The better your clothes are cared for the longer they will last. A good dryer can prolong the life of your garments and reduce your ironing.

Venting Your Dryer

Most dryers need to be in a well ventilated area.

The best answer is to have the dryer vented or flued to the exterior of the house (like your rangehood) Vent/flue kits should be available through your appliance manufacturer or generic brands through your local hardware store. If it is not possible to vent your machine, ensure you can open a window and a door to get a cross breeze through the laundry. If you place your dryer in a cupboard you will need to keep the doors open when in operation. Alternatively get a Condensor Dryer which doesn't need to be flued.

Helpful Hints

  • You will need a power point for the washing machine, the dryer and possibly the iron as well.
  • Remember to empty the lint filter to maintain optimum performance
  • High temperatures are an invitation to shrink garments so read the care label.
  • A light in the dryer can be helpful
  • Don't forget to order you flue kit and wall bracket when you order the dryer

Related Topics

Clothes Lines
Washing Machines


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