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Save Money With Your Tumble Dryer

A tumble dryer is a very helpful appliance if you want to dry clothes it’s going to often be the fastest way to do it unless you have a very sunny climate. However, while a tumble dryer is a very handy appliance it is likely going to be one of the most expensive in your home.

A tumble dryer doesn’t really work unless it generates enough heat and while you can often modify the temperature even a relatively cool drying cycle is still going to be expensive if left on for too long. But you can’t really ration your dryer, can you?

After all, what good is a tumble dryer if you can’t use it? But believe it or not, you can use a dryer relatively frequently and be quite energy-efficient. If you want to know more about how you can achieve this check out the tips below.

The Location

Everyone should know how important location is when it comes to tumble dryers but let’s be honest it can still be easy to get things wrong or take the lazy approach. But if you want to save money and still be able to use your tumble dryer then the position is very important.

The better ventilated the location is the less time you’re tumble driver will need to reach maximum efficiency. A cold, damp and poorly ventilated room will have a lot of effects on your tumble dryer and means it will need to work harder to actually dry clothes. So, to ensure maximum efficiency make sure your tumble dryer is in a good location.

Pick An Energy-Efficient Model

Heat pump tumble dryer

This is really only a tip you can take advantage of if you don’t have a tumble dryer yet or are considering buying a new one. If you are pay close attention to the energy efficiency label on the dryer. You should also pay close attention to the type of tumble dryer you are buying.

There are three main types condenser, vented and heat pump. Heat pump dryers are the most energy-efficient but they are also the most expensive but over time you will recoup the extra cost in energy savings. So, there is a lot to consider when buying a tumble dryer and sometimes spending more in the short-term can save you more in the long-term.

Prep Clothes For The Dryer

It might be tempting to just throw clothes into the tumble dryer straight out of the washing machine. If you are reading this with a guilty expression don’t worry you aren’t alone it’s actually quite a common occurrence.

However, if you want to save money when using your tumble dryer you should always prep clothes before putting them in. What does this mean? Basically, just make sure they aren’t tangled up or in a mess. This will help ensure they dry much more quickly and therefore it will also save you money on your energy bills.

Remember To Clean The Filter

Tumble dryers don’t require much in the way of maintenance but regular cleaning is important and one thing to always remember is to clean the filter. The lint filter is usually located at the front of the dryer or just inside the doorway. Accessing it on most models of dryer will be quite easy.

Cleaning it can also be done with minimal fuss, just make sure you do it regularly. Cleaning the lint filter will help the tumble dryer run more efficiently and help prevent the risk of bad smells from developing as well.

Avoid Mixed Loads of Clothes

Sometimes putting mixed loads of clothes into a tumble dryer can be unavoidable but you should try to avoid it whenever possible. If all the clothes are different materials drying times will be a lot longer which means more expensive for you. Whenever possible try to group clothes of the same materials together when drying them.

Use The Washing Machine Spin Cycle

One great way to save money with your tumble dryer is to use your washing machine’s spin cycle. This cycle might seem relatively useless at first glance but it serves a very important purpose. The spin cycle will help shake out excess water from clothes and when you put them in the tumble dryer they will take a lot less time to get fully dry.

The spin cycle will be more energy efficient to run than a prolonged period in a tumble dryer and in some cases, it can almost make certain clothes dry all on its own! It, of course, won’t fully get them dry but it can help a lot when it comes to saving money with your tumble dryer.

Choose Your Program Carefully

Tumble dryers like washing machines have plenty of different cycle settings. When picking a cycle for your clothes make sure you choose the one that is the most efficient and pay close attention to the temperature. This can be difficult but may modern tumble dryers do have built-in sensors that will automatically choose the most appropriate drying cycle.

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