There are two types of washers to choose from, depending on the power source you have at your home:
Generally, they're slightly more expensive than
gas dryers to operate and use twice the strength of an ordinary
household electric current. Most run on a 240-volt current to
heat up coils and require a 240 outlet in your laundry area.
The initial cost of gas can be slightly higher
than that of an electric dryer, but it's typically less expensive
to operate. It usually takes only a year or two to make up the
purchase-price difference due to energy savings.
Taking into consideration how
often you clean your clothes and the size of your household,
will help you decide on a capacity size. If you are in a household
by yourself or with another individual, you will not need a
dryer with a large capacity. You will be spending more money
than you need.
If you are in a larger household, you may benefit from having
a larger capacity. Clothes that are not bunched into the dryer
will dry quicker and require less energy because there is much
more tumble room.
Controls are really a personal
choice. Whether you like touch dial, turning knobs, or touch-sensitive
controls, that is all up to the user. An easy-to-read control
panel is important as is a clear understanding of what each
feature does is necessary.
This is where you can decide
what features you like best. Take into account the size of your
household, the frequency at which you wash clothes, and the
types of clothes you plan on washing. Below are some features
you might find beneficial when shopping for a new dryer.
Sensor Dry: Inside dryers with sensor
dry, is a moisture sensor that knows just how wet your laundry
is and will dry the clothes accordingly. This is extremely
effective as an energy saver, as your clothes do not use
any additional dryer time than necessary.
Eco-Cycle: Dryers that have an eco-cycle
will use a lot less energy than normal cycles by monitoring
the dryness of clothes. This will save you money on energy
bills, and will lengthen the lifespan of your clothing.
Steam: Steam is one of the newest dryer
features that aides in the drying of your clothes. A steam
cycle can refresh clothes you've already worn by removing
wrinkles and eliminating odors. It uses a minimal amount
of water and energy.
Delicate: This cycle uses a lower temperature
that gently washes your delicate clothes. This will help
the clothes last longer and will maintain their color.