Gas Dryer versus Electric Dryer:
Dryers are one of the important home appliances. Some renters and home owners have the option to install either an electric dryer or a gas dryer. If this is you or you are considering switching from a gas dryer to an electric dryer or vise-versa, this guide will help you decide which dryer is right for you, gas or electric.
The principle of drying clothes is same in both types of dryers – use of hot air. The three important factors in both types of clothes dryer are Air Flow, Heat and Drum Rotation. However, the primary difference is the source of energy used to heat the air that circulates through the rotating drum to remove moisture from clothes.
Energy costs are always going up and most people would like to purchase a dryer that would help save money in the long run. Let’s take a look at both dryers and to learn more about their advantages and disadvantages. This will help you make an informed buying decision.
The gas dryer uses a flame produced by igniting the natural gas which in turn heats the air used to dry clothes in the rotating drum. The gas dryer generally costs more than an electric dryer due to the expensive components used in it. Your laundry should have a gas connection and safe vent for the exhaust. Generally a standard load in gas dryer will cost you around 15 to 20 cents. This holds true only if gas is easily available and cheaper than electricity in place where you live. The maintenance costs of gas dryer are more than electric dryer. The only saving realized are in terms of energy prices which has more importance in the long run. You will be able to save money by using a gas dryer only if the appliance is working properly. The gas dryer needs to be placed in a well ventilated room to function efficiently. In a crammed space or small laundry room without proper ventilation, the high limit thermostat will heat up quickly and frequently shut off the dryer. In such circumstances the benefits of the savings are lost. The gas dryer does not completely run on natural gas alone. You will need an electric supply connection in the laundry room to start the gas dryer.
The electric dryer uses only one type of energy for functioning – Electricity. The electrical dryer uses a heating element made up of metal coils to heat the air that circulates through the rotating drum to dry clothes. The Electrical dryer costs bit less than Gas Dryers by $100 or more. The pre-requirements are lesser in comparison. All you need is an electrical outlet of 240V. Since the electricity costs are higher in comparison to gas in most places, the cost per load is higher (30-40 cents) for electrical dryers. The heating element and temperature control thermostat are two main parts in Electric Dryers. Therefore the maintenance costs are comparatively low.
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