Friday, 19 June 2015

Could you live without your Tumble Dryer?


Tumble Dryers are one of many peoples utility room essentials. I know so many people who rely heavily on their tumble dryers.
As for me, I have never own one! We didn't have one in our family home when i was a child therefore i have never felt like i needed one to get by.

However, we have recently bought a new house which we will be moving into in the next few months, when we were looking around the house one of the first things i noticed was the tumble dryer next to the washing machine. If we didn't have one what would go in that space once we own the house?

It got me thinking a bit about tumble dryers and the more I thought about it the more I wondered how I have got by without one for so long, especially now that I have 3 children!
I rarely have the children's school uniform all washed and ironed and ready for Monday, what usually happens is that i will have half on the uniforms ready and half to wash and dry. The reason for this is that there is simply not enough room on the maiden to hang wet clothes.
In the summer i rely on the washing line outside, which is great on a very hot and breezy day. But what about the rainy days? That's another day that i miss out on drying our clothes.

So we have recently decided that once we move into our new home we will most likely be purchasing a tumble dryer to place next to our washing machine. This means less stress for me and hopefully more free time for me as i wont have to sort through wet clothes and spread them over the heaters and the maiden!

If like me you have no knowledge of Tumble Dryers but are thinking about purchasing one you may find this informations useful.

How tumble drying works

Tumble dryers have large drums so there's plenty of space for hot air to circulate through the damp clothes evenly and help prevent creasing.

Types of tumble dryer

There are two types of tumble-dryers to choose from: vented or condenser dryers.

  • Vented: the advantage of a vented dryer is that the hot and damp air from your laundry is removed through a flexible hose that takes it outside. It can be permanently vented through an outside wall using a vented kit, which is usually included, or through a flexible venting hose that can be temporarily hung out of a window when the dryer is in use.
  • Condenser: condenser tumble dryers need no venting because the steam created in the drying process is condensed into water which is collected in a tank. A light indicates when the tank is full and needs emptying. The main advantage of owning a condenser dryer is that you're able to conveniently place it almost anywhere, as no external venting is needed, giving you maximum flexibility.

Tumble dryer programmes

  • Heat: the more expensive the machine, the more programmes it's likely to have. All will have at least two heat settings for cottons or synthetics and some may have an extra programme for delicates.
  • Sensors/timers: some have heat sensors so they can detect when the load is dry. A handy feature if your dryer's in the garage or separate from the house. Others may have timers, which also provide the added convenience of choosing when and how long your dryer's running.
  • Automatic drying: like washing machines and dishwashers, some top of the range dryers have built in intelligence known as 'fuzzy logic' that can automatically determine the most efficient drying programme for the load using sensors and technology.
  • Reverse tumble: most machines will have a reverse tumble feature that rotates the drum both ways with a regular break to allow the clothes to separate. This way they dry more quickly and evenly.
  • Crease reduction: tumble drying is great for reducing creasing. Once a load's dry and is waiting to be emptied, some machines will continue to intermittently rotate to limit creasing.

Energy efficiency

Tumble dryers are rated on a scale of A++ to G according to their energy efficiency. A++ appliances are most efficient and therefore cheaper to run; while G rated appliances are least efficient. The best machines achieve a first class 'A' rating for actual drying performance, in addition to an 'A' energy rating for the least amount of electricity consumed; which is also better for the environment.

Energy consumption

All tumble dryers are tested for energy. The level of energy consumption will however vary depending on how the appliance is used and were it is located.

Typical annual consumption

This is an estimation of the amount of water and energy consumption over the course of a year based on an average four person household which normally uses a dryer.

1 comment:

  1. I only have a washer/dryer and it's rubbish! I really need a separate tumble dryer but we don't have room :( It's on the list for the next house! haha x