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A clothes dryer is one of those basic things that you don’t want to be without, not even for a day. So if yours is on the blink then it’s time to buy a new one. You won’t want to wait.
Since this is such a basic appliance, it’s going to be important for you to make the right decision about what kind of dryer to purchase that suits your needs.
Some factors that you will want to consider will be the size of the dryer. How many kilograms or pounds of laundry it can handle.
Important features like an automatic damp sensor to save on energy use. The power of the motor. Whether to buy a vented dryer or condenser dryer.
It’s most likely that you will think about buying a new dryer when your old one quits.
If you do have the luxury of upgrading before your machine reaches the end of its life cycle, you will have time to both research and weigh your options.
Shop around for good quality brands, and good deals. Even wait until sale cycles spin around again.
Here’s the skinny on dryers to help you decide.
Basically, the way that vented and condenser dryers work is the same. The clothes spin and tumble as they are blown with hot air.
The more full the chamber is, the less space for your laundry to tumble. The more pressure is put on the motor and the belt that holds the spinning chamber in place.
Ideally, to maximize its use, the weight capacity of your dryer must be close to the weight capacity for your washing machine.
Otherwise, you risk the load straining the dryer. This will cause premature tearing of the belt that holds the chamber in place.
The moisture from the wet clothes has to go somewhere.
In the case of a traditional vented clothes dryer, the moisture is vented out of a tube that leads from the back of the machine and through a window. This is where the tube funnels the moisture out of the house.
If you have ever been in a space where a vented dryer was in use without a window, you know how bad it can get. The unvented dampness can cause serious molding and turn the space into a stinking mess. Yuck!
A condenser works in a similar way to a vented dryer. One significant difference is it does not funnel the moisture out of a window through the exit tube.
Instead, the moisture accumulates in a collection device, usually a plastic container, found in the clothes dryer. This is placed in an accessible location in the machine to easily empty out the collected water.
The plus of having a condenser dryer is that the placement of your dryer in the house is not window dependent. You have the freedom to place your dryer anywhere that is convenient for you. Most likely, this will be next to the washing machine, for ease of use.
Dragging wet laundry from room to room, or even upstairs, can be a real inconvenience. And if your washing machine is in a place without a window, then you will be doing some laundry dragging for sure.
Enter the condenser. Place it in any location in your house and while it dries your laundry, the condenser prevents any moisture from leaching into the room, or causing mold, dampness and hot laundry smells.
There are two downsides to having a condenser dryer. One is minor, you will have to periodically empty out the water container to make space for the next round of moisture collection during the subsequent drying cycles.
The other downside is the condenser is additional technology. This ought to give you the incentive to upgrade your search for a new dryer being selective in choosing a solid quality model.
Choose to be penny wise going for a cheap model, then you will be pound foolish in the costly and complicated repairs.
Another cost-related drawback is that condenser dryers are somewhat more expensive than its vented counterparts. But the difference in price is not prohibitive.
If you have no choice but to place your dryer in a room without a window or sufficient ventilation, then the extra cost in the condenser model will be well worth it. Your savings will show up by not needing to clean up mold and repaint walls that is necessary with a vented dryer.
Choosing to place a vented dryer in a room without sufficient ventilation would create a living situation with a lower quality of life due to the lack of fresh air circulation.
Another concern with a condenser that some users complain about is that it has a longer drying cycle than a vented dryer. This inconvenient extends the whole laundry process time from start to finish.
A longer cycle means it will take more electricity to dry a load of laundry. More electricity translates into dollars and cents, which makes it more expensive.
That is a similar concern when the placement of a vented dryer is in an unheated space. It takes more heating time as well as electricity to do the job.
So what is the bottom line?
If you are forced by circumstances to place your clothes dryer in a non-vented area of your house, you are surely better off with a condenser. A little more money spent on the condenser means saving you the cost for repairs of steam and mold from a vented dryer.
In the ideal placement near a window for proper ventilation, your vented dryer will save money in several ways. A less expensive machine to fix. It uses less electricity while drying your laundry faster.
For that reason, our recommendation is to be practical and purchase your dryer according to the layout of your house. As your first choice, if the window placement is doable then go with a traditional vented dryer.
Otherwise enjoy the conveniences of the condenser technology, which include the freedom to place the dryer in the most convenient location of your house. Happy Washing! And Drying!