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What are the benefits of Ventless and Heat Pump Dryers (Reviews / Ratings)

Karina Gaft  |  October 17, 2017  |  3 Min. Read

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With the rise of EnergyStar and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings, many appliance companies have good incentives to become more energy, water, and fuel efficient. This article will evaluate the best energy, water, and fuel-efficient appliances in each part of your home.

In the last blog, I tackled Native Trails Sinks as a part of our sustainability series. In this one, our focus will be on ventless drying and the application of heat pumps to dryers. yaleappliance_framingham_25-2.jpg

Ventless dryers have been the norm in Europe for the generations. The beauty of ventless dryers is that they can be placed anywhere in the home, as long as space, water, and electricity are available.  Placing laundry in a closet upstairs is now a trend rather than hauling your laundry downstairs to the basement, for instance.

The second-best part of ventless drying is that you can save yourself thousands of dollars by avoiding the cost of creating a venting duct. You see many buildings in Boston with ventless dryers because it costs about $1,200 to cut a hole to vent outside and is less efficient.

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The most common and popular type of ventless dryers is a condensation dryer with Miele, Bosch, Electrolux, and Samsung offering these types of dryers. Condensation dryers take in the air surrounding the machine, pass it through a condenser to heat it up, and then tumbles the clothes in the warm air.

 As the warm air becomes moisture-laden, it exits the drum and loops back to the condenser where it cools off, in turn leaving water in the condenser which either gets pumped out by a drain hose or stored in a reservoir.

Pros

  • This type of dryer is very energy efficient.

Cons

  • You need good ventilation in the space in which your dryer is standing as its ability to dry is unpredictable upon its ability to take in dry air.
  • Only available in compact sizes
  • The drying times can also be double those of a vented dryer

Your second option is a heat pump dryer. A heat pump dryer differs from a condensation dryer in a few small but significant ways. Instead of a condenser, a heat pump dryer uses a refrigerant system that can be heated and cooled, making it the most energy efficient dryer.

The hot air coming from the drum is cooled to release the moisture. As the air is cooled, the heat energy is transferred into the heat pump which reuses the energy to warm up the cool dry air and send it back into the drum.

This is the only system reusing energy, virtually cutting its energy footprint in half.

Pros

  • Double the efficiency of condenser dryer – less money spent on an energy bill
  • Most environmentally friendly model.
  • Available in full-size and compact units
  • Gentle on clothes
  • Less heat emitted into surrounding atmosphere

Cons

  • More expensive than condensation

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Still confused? Let’s take a quick look at this graph that breaks down the different kinds of drying methods

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Final Thoughts

First, if you own a multi-unit building, the huge benefits of saving costs and picking up LEED certification is irresistible. If you are a homeowner, ventless dryers offer the convenience of having laundry wherever needed in your home.

Additional Resources

Have more questions about laundry? Get the Yale Washer Buying Guide with features, specs, and capacities of all the major brands. Well over 240,000 people have read a Yale Guide.

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However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Karina Gaft

Karina Gaft is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance & Lighting. Karina received her bachelor's at Brandeis and is currently working on her master's at Harvard in Sustainability and Environmental Management, with a particular interest in Green Building Design. After exhausting her mental faculties with work and graduate school, Karina exhausts herself physically with skiing in dreadfully cold weather and lifting heavy items at Crossfit. In her meager spare time, Karina enjoys traveling, embarking on culinary adventures, and teaching her food-motivated cat new tricks, wishing he was a dog instead.

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