For those who don’t know, what a tumble dryer is? Well, tumble dryers are a household machine that is used to dry clothes after they have been hand or machine washed. These dryers remove the moisture or wetness from the washed clothes and dry them completely. Tumble dryers consist of a drum that rotates while hot air is effectually distributed during rotation. Since these dryers rotate at a very slow speed, it causes a tumbling effect.
In case you have huge families; drying laundry can be a daunting task, especially in rainy season. Also, lack of space for drying makes it further more difficult. Wet clothes or damp clothes are smelly and do not feel fresh. Infact wearing such clothes could lead to congestion in few individuals. Hence, Dryers are a must in every household.
Before you set out to buy a dryer, it is important you know about the different kinds of dryers available in the market.
Types of Dryers
Condenser Dryers: These dryers do not have an outlet behind the machine. Hence, they can be placed anywhere in the house. These machines are more apt for smaller homes. All the water and moisture from the clothes is accumulated in a sealed tray or bottle. One needs to clear this after every use.
Vented Dryers: Vented dryers possess an air vent and hence these have to be placed close to an outside wall with a hole. This will enable the machine to let out the warm moist air created during the drying process.
Spin Dryers: Incase you won a small house and do not have enough space, you could opt for spin dryers. These dryers consume very less energy and are very efficient and good for lesser clothes.
Washer – Dryer: This machine has both washer and dryer integrated in it. Hence, if you cannot afford two machines one for washing and one for drying, you could simply opt for this. However, since it performs both tasks the options available are fewer and also consume more time and more energy.
Factors You Need to Consider Before Buying A Tumble Dryer
- Tumble dryers are available in the market in various colours, such as black, sliver, white etc. You have plenty of options to choose from and you could choose one that would suit your home décor. They are also available in different sizes; hence consider the space you have at home before you select one.
- Most of the fabrics used by us can be tumble dried however, for few materials it is specifically mentioned that those fabrics should not be put in the dryer. Hence, refrain from tumble drying such clothes.
- Electricity consumption usually depends on how much the dryer has to function to perform the given task and for how long. Incase you wish to decrease the consumption of electricity; it is best that you do not put more clothes in the dryer and overload it.
- Load clothes of similar fabric together so that all clothes are evenly dried.
- Incase you wish to reduce energy consumptions, opt for a dryer that spins clothes before drying. This way the energy consumed is very less.
- Incase you are opting for a venting dryer, then you need to ensure that you have enough space to accommodate the venting tube or duct
- Venting dryers require constant maintenance. It is essential to clean the venting dryer’s at least once in a week. Hence, if opting for venting dryers, you need to look for filter, which can be easily removed, cleaned and fitted back.
- Incase you are opting for a condenser dryer, then you should not place it in your bedroom or conservatory as they easily steam the windows Spin dryers apply the centrifugal force to dry clothes whereas tumble dryers rotate with the help of tumble dryer belts, which run on induction motors.
- Comparatively tumble dryers have larger drums than normal washing machine dryers. Larger drums obviously give more space to clothes due to which there are lesser creases on the clothes. Therefore ironing becomes very easy.
- Larger drums also enable free flow of hot air and this enable quick drying.
Thus, keeping in mind the above mentioned parameters, you could choose any dryer that suits your budget and requirement. Also it is important that lint and fluff that gets accumulated when drying needs to be cleaned after every cycle. This improves performance, reduces energy consumption and also ensures safety as dry lint tends to catch fire when it gets exposed to high heat.