A large number of people live in apartments or flats, and have access to very little outdoor space (if any at all), which means that laundry habits have had to adapt to accommodate the limited space available. Subsequently more and more people are turning to tumble dryers for their drying needs. Not only will it save you the hassle of having to find/make space to hang your clothes, but it can also be used to dry your garments in rainy or cold weather.
In spite of this demand, tumble dryers have gotten a pretty bad name over the years because of their high energy consumption. However, there are ways that you can use your tumble dryer guilt-free by decreasing its energy consumption. Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you plan to use your dryer:
- Firstly, check that your dryer is not older than 10 years. If it is, chances are it’s increasing your electricity bill unnecessarily as the newer dryers have improved on their energy consumption by making it more efficient such as the Defy 5kg White Tumble Dryer which boasts improved energy efficiency and two heat settings. If you have a really old dryer, it may be time to think about upgrading.
- Always ensure that your dryer is kept in a well-ventilated room, to prevent it from overheating which will slow it down and cause it to extend the drying time.
- Did you know that it takes more energy to heat up a dryer than to spin the clothes in the washing machine? After your clothes are done in the washing machine, use the high speed spin setting on it to remove excess moisture so that the clothes will need less time in the dryer.
- Always untangle clothes as you remove them from the washing machine and place in the dryer. Knots of clothes will take longer to dry.
- Try to fit the maximum load into the dryer so as to not waste extra power doing multiple loads BUT don’t overload the dryer as it will take much longer and can cause wear and tear to the machine. If you have a large family then a dryer such as the LG 8kg Silver Tumble Dryer which boasts an impressive 8kgs in 16.5 minutes drying time would be ideal.
- Sort and dry your laundry according to fabric type. Different types of fabric require different heat settings and using these settings will ensure a faster drying time.
- Place a dry towel in with your wet load to soak up extra moisture and cut down on drying time.
- Avoid adding wet items mid-cycle as this will slow down the overall drying time required.
- Clean the lint filter regularly and religiously as they can become blocked which will cause the motor to work harder and thus take longer to dry clothes.
- Clothes don’t need to be completely dry. If some garments contain damp spots, simply hang them in the bathroom or outside for a short period of time.
- Avoid drying large items such as duvets covers as these are too big to allow the air to circulate effectively. Rather take the bigger items to your local laundry place.
- Lastly, check labels, as not all items of clothing are suitable for tumble drying.
Tumble dryers can be used efficiently, if you just implement a few simple tips to maximise the output while minimising the energy consumption. In this way you can have the convenience of a dryer without the guilt of wasting energy.