instead of running the entire cycle and lower heat settings that increase dry times but use less power. Keep in mind that savings is over the entire life of the appliance, and its for both units (the washer and dryer). How can you tell? Of course, many dryers are placed in tight spaces where you may not be able to see the outlet. What type of dryer do you have?
Jenny McGrath / Digital Trends. Know before you go, before you go shopping for a washer and dryer, check your laundry room to see if it has gas or electric hook-ups (or both). One connection or two? There are now Energy Star-certified dryers, in both electric and gas versions, and the agency says these dryers use 20 percent less energy than standard models. These options will come in handy when protecting clothes from wear and tear. Does your home have gas service? Heat pumps use a refrigerator-like compressor technology, recirculates air, and removes moisture from the clothes and air. Erika Rawes/Digital Trends, how about a vent?
Up front, youre going to pay around 50 to 100 more for a gas dryer, not to mention the installation cost, which could run you around 150 to 200, says Steve Sheinkopf, CEO of Yale Appliances and writer of the. Whirlpool makes a dryer with the model number. The heated air is then sent into the drum via a blower or fan. An electric and gas dryer outlet, on the left and right, respectively. Contact for further customer service. A gas dryer, on the other hand, will plug into a standard 110v 3-prong outlet and will also have a connection to a gas valve. Gas dryers are more energy-efficient in the long run, according to Energy Star, though that may depend on rates in your area. These dryers are more efficient energy-wise the heat pump is the most efficient but their cycles take longer than their vented counterparts. You can snap a picture of the outlet and bring it with you to the appliance store, and they should be able to confirm for you. So, which way should you go, gas or electric? More on washers and dryers, how to make a smelly washing machine smell good again.