Tumble dryers are essential in the home thanks largely to the great British weather. It’s great to get the washing out on the washing line in fair weather, but in the colder months having clothes drying all over the house leads to musty smells and damp in the air. Tumble dryers were once seen to be a real drain on energy and bills, but modern models can be really economical. Plus, many models have a range of programs and drum capacities to suit smaller families and larger families alike.
Models can be freestanding or integrated into your kitchen and include vented, heat pump and condenser dryers. Condenser tumble dryers don’t need a hose so these can be placed anywhere you like, near an electrical socket. They offer a very economical way to dry your clothes as they use condensing technology to expel internal hot air and dry your clothes to a setting of your choice. They work by condensing the warm air from the wet clothes into water. The water is then collected in a tank, or a ‘reservoir’ which should be removed and emptied after every cycle. Alternatively, they can be directly connected to a water outlet to drain the water during the cycle. Also remember to empty the lint filter after every cycle to make sure your dryer can function without interruption. Heat pump tumble dryers re-use the hot air from the tumble-drying process. With heat pump technology your laundry is dried at a lower temperature, which means it takes a little longer than conventional tumble dryers, but your clothes are better protected, and your energy bill will be reduced thanks to less energy usage. Vented tumble dryers remove damp air from the drying process via a flexible pipe, meaning that you will need somewhere to feed the hose outside. These models tend to be slightly cheaper to buy than other types of dryers too.