Damp clothes will be a thing of the past
Forget about the loud, clunky metal box in your parents' basement; dryers have come a long way. Recent advances in technology allow dryers to dry your clothes more effectively and efficiently, while sporting convenient new features such as smartphone integration, moisture sensors and remote diagnostics.
When looking at dryers, you'll need to choose between gas and electricity-powered dryers. For the most part, both types deliver comparable performance: both do a great job of drying your clothes, and both come in a variety of capacities with a range of special functions. The main differences are related to installation, cost, drying speed and energy efficiency.
A moisture sensor is a feature found in some dryers that monitors how wet your clothes are and turns off the dryer automatically when the laundry is dry.
Dryers that don't have a moisture sensor force you to guess how long you should run the dryer. The problem with guessing is that if the dryer doesn't run long enough, your clothes will be damp; and if it runs too long, you'll waste electricity heating clothes that are already dry.Read More
A dryer with reverse tumble action will periodically reverse the direction of the drum while drying. This helps to separate your clothes so they dry more quickly and evenly, while preventing tangles and reducing wrinkles. By speeding up the dry time, reverse tumble action can also help reduce your energy consumption.Read More
Dryers with post-dry tumbling will continue to tumble your laundry periodically after the laundry is dry. This feature prevents your clothes from sitting in one position for too long, thereby discouraging creases and wrinkles from forming. When combined with other wrinkle-reducing features, such as steam cycles and reverse tumble action, post-dry tumbling can help reduce or even eliminate the need to iron your clothes after drying.Read More
When buying a dryer, one of the most important decisions you have to make is what capacity dryer to get. After all, if your dryer is too small, you'll end up doing load after load of laundry. Bigger isn't always better, though; if you get a dryer that's too large, you'll waste a lot of energy heating up its oversized drum for a small load of clothes.Read More
Your dryer is one of the biggest energy hogs in your home. Regardless of whether you have a gas or electric dryer, it takes a lot of power to get the air inside the drum hot enough to dry a big load of wet clothes. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to minimize the amount of energy your dryer uses. By running your dryer more efficiently, you'll save on your monthly utility bills while also doing a good deed for the environment.Read More