What many see as the biggest advantage of a heat pump dryer over other types of dryers is its energy efficiency. We look at the average of different clothes dryers and a heat pump dryer. A heat pump dryer is up to 60% more energy efficient. So if you have a medium sized clothes dryer and replace it with a heat pump dryer of A++ or A+++, you get every second year of energy consumption for free. Plus a little. A+ is the lowest energy class that exists for a heat pump dryer. This in itself says a lot about the energy efficiency of this type of dryers. The relatively higher purchase price is therefore earned back in no time. The reason why these dryers are so much more energy efficient than other dryers is that a heat pump dryer reuses the warm air as much as it can. Once all the moisture is removed from the air, the slightly cooled air only needs to be heated slightly before it is used again by the device. Obviously this is cheaper than having to continuously heat cold air. If you are not in a hurry to dry your clothes, then it is advisable to set the temperature of the dryer a little lower. Drying at a lower temperature for a longer period of time is cheaper than drying at a higher temperature for a shorter period of time.
It is not just the energy efficiency of a heat pump dryer that makes it worth buying. Of course, the lifespan is also very important when you get a new appliance. The lifespan of a heat pump dryer is more than ten years. This can even add up to many years depending on how often you use the dryer. This ensures that you not only save a substantial sum each year on the cost of using it, but this saving will continue for many years. The more often an appliance is used, the more wear and tear it will experience. To minimize this, it is advisable not to fill the dryer completely. Drying two light loads of wet laundry is often cheaper than a full load. Aside from the frequency of use, what can really affect the life of a heat pump dryer is maintenance. As with most white goods, it is advisable to maintain the dryer regularly, or have one done for you. If you do this regularly, the chance of parts that break down due to wear and tear is even smaller. The quality of the heat pump dryer is perhaps the most important factor in its longevity. In general, heat pump dryers are of higher quality than other types of dryers, so this is already a good thing. All in all, a heat pump dryer has a much longer lifespan than other types of clothes dryers.
Worn clothes are much slower
By the method of drying and the lower temperatures of the air that is heated by a heat pump dryer, the wear and tear on the clothes being dried is very low. This is a lot higher with a condensation dryer or other types of dryers for wet laundry. At high temperatures, there is a greater chance of shrinkage. Warm air also takes its toll on the fabric and color of the clothes. Because the air temperature of a heat pump dryer is relatively low, this wear and tear is greatly reduced. At nearly 20 degrees colder than any other type of dryer, this makes a big difference to your clothes. This doesn’t seem much, but with a washing machine 20 degrees can even make the difference between clean laundry or laundry that isn’t completely clean. So 20 degrees is a bigger difference than it seems. It’s not just the temperature that is an advantage here. The drums of this type of dryers often have a certain structure which further limits the wear and tear on your clothes by rubbing along the drum. The gentle, slow rotation of a heat pump dryer also ensures that the warm air is blown gently through the garments, rather than being shaken violently. The intelligent programs, which are often found on heat pump dryers, complete this restriction in wear and tear. These are programs specifically designed for a particular type of clothing that you put in the dryer. A pair of jeans can of course take more wear than a silk blouse. In an average dryer there is a big chance that your silk clothes will be useless after drying. With a special mode for wool and silk, for example, it is possible to dry these items in a heat pump dryer.
Choose between drain and condensate drain
What many households will find a very big advantage to a heat pump dryer is the choice of whether to use a drain pipe to carry away the collected moisture, or to use the built-in condensate drain pan. With older condensate dryers, there is only a catch basin or awkward hose out the window. With the option of connecting a water pump dryer directly to a drain pipe, all the moisture extracted can be drained immediately. The option of a condensate drip pan means that the water pump dryer can be placed almost anywhere in the home. All the moisture from wet clothes is collected in a container that is easy to empty. The air from which the moisture is removed is also reused. This means that with a heat pump dryer, you never have to deal with a hot, humid and stuffy drying space.