All you Need to Know About Ventless Dryers
About 80% of American have clothes dryers. The vast majority of these are traditional, or "vented" dryers that use heated air to dry clothes and then pump exhaust to the outside through a vent. But what if you have a home that doesn't have space for a laundry room? Or what if you live in an apartment or condo that has rules against installing vented dryers? You may want to look into getting a ventless dryer.
While ventless dryers might seem unusual to most Americans, they've been popular in Europe for generations. That's because Europeans tend to live in centuries-old buildings, which makes large vented dryers unfeasible. Compact, ventless dryers are the only option. In fact, vented dryers are actually outlawed in some European countries such as Switzerland.
How Does a Vented Dryer Work?
Vented dryers are basically hot air vacuums. They pull room-temperature air in from your laundry room, heat it up with either gas combustion or an electric heating element, tumble your clothes in it, and then blow the exhaust - full of evaporated moisture - outside. While vented dryers tend to be the most affordable types, they do consume a lot of energy and their operation does require a bit of maintenance. For example, since lint tends to build up inside the vent, it must be cleaned regularly in order to prevent a potential fire hazard.
What are the Types of Ventless Dryers and How Do They Work?
Currently, there are 2 types of ventless dryers available: condenser dryers and heat pump dryers.
Condenser Dryers - Similar to vented dryers, condenser dryers draw in and heat up air. However, unlike vented dryers, condenser dryers feature a "heat exchanger" that warms the air inside the tumbler, which dries your clothes. This air then loops back through the condenser where it's cooled to remove moisture. Then, that same air is reheated and sent back to the tumbler to repeat the process. There’s a tray that collects evaporated water, so that will need to be emptied on a regular basis.
Condenser dryers are significantly more energy-efficient than standard vented models. They're also gentler on your clothes because they run significantly cooler than a vented model. This saves stress on fabric, keeping your wardrobe looking better longer.
Heat Pump Dryers - This type of ventless dryer works by drawing in and directing air through a heat pump where the water vapor is condensed into a drain pipe or tank and the remaining air is heated and used to dry the clothes.
Heat pump dryers are smaller than most standard vented dryers, and their drying time tends to be noticeably longer. Heat pump dryers can also be a bit noisy, which may be an issue for anyone in a small living space. These dryers are often the most expensive of your options, but use less than half the energy per load than a condenser or vented dryer requires. The energy savings over time may be worth the initial investment.
Are Ventless Dryers Safe?
In a word, yes. For some reason, people may view ventless dryers as unsafe, but nothing can be further from the truth. They are manufactured to be safe, efficient, and effective. As long as you use them properly, ventless dryers will run safely and smoothly for years.
What's the Bottom Line?
At the end of the day, it’s hard to imagine condenser dryers gaining mainstream popularity in the United States. Still, for those who live in smaller homes or apartments, a ventless dryer may be your best and only option.
If you're interested in a ventless dryer, then stop by Reno's Appliance. We’ve got a wide selection of dryers from major manufacturers including GE, Samsung, and Whirlpool. You're sure to find the perfect appliance for your home.
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