Heat pump dryer disadvantages
In most cases, we recommend buying a heat pump dryer. Heat pump dryers are much more energy efficient than other types of dryers. This makes them better for the environment, and they also keep your energy bills low. But of course there are also drawbacks to the heat pump dryer. Today, we take a critical look at the heat pump dryer to help you decide whether it is the right dryer for you.
How a heat pump dryer works
Before we zoom in on the disadvantages, it’s helpful to explain how a heat pump dryer works. Heat pump dryers have a refrigerant and a heat pump. The pump converts the refrigerant from liquid form to gas form. This releases warm, dry air, which is used to dry your laundry. When drying your laundry, moist warm air is created, which the refrigerant converts into condensation. The condensation is then removed via a drainage hose to the water drain or it is collected in a tank.
Types of dryers
Are you wondering what other types of clothes dryers there are? They are the vended dryer and the condenser dryer. Both heat using a heating element that helps dry your laundry. Condenser dryers and vended dryers are considered conventional dryers. Of all the types of dryers, it is the drain dryer that uses the most energy. It is followed by the condenser dryers.
The main difference between vended dryers and condenser dryers is the way condensation is drained. With condenser dryers, this is done in the same ways as with heat pump dryers; through a tank or the water outlet. But with vended dryers this is different. The moist air is expelled through a window or a hole in the wall with an exhaust hose.
Advantages and disadvantages of the heat pump dryer
The way the heat pump dryer works has many advantages, but of course also some disadvantages. To give you a clearer picture of this type of dryer, we have listed all the pros and cons of heat pump dryers for you. All of these pros and cons relate to the heat pump dryer versus the condenser dryer and air vent dryer.
- Good for the environment. A heat pump dryer uses relatively little energy while drying, which is good for the environment.
- Energy efficiency: The heat pump dryer, by using a heat pump and refrigerant, uses less energy than the condensing dryer that uses a heating element. This keeps your energy costs down.
- Beautiful laundry for longer: A heat pump dryer dries at a lower temperature which means there is less chance of your clothes wearing out or shrinking.
- Condensation drainage via water outlet or tank: most heat pump dryers allow you to choose how you drain the condensation. This also applies to the condenser dryer, just not to the airflow dryer.
- Longer drying time: Due to the lower drying temperature, the different drying programs with a heat pump dryer take longer than with a condenser dryer.
- Expensive to buy: A new heat pump dryer is more expensive than a regular dryer.
- More parts: Because the heat pump dryer dries with a different technology, it has more parts. The more parts, the more it can break down.
In most cases, a heat pump dryer is the best choice. Even though they are more expensive to buy, this is often the most economical choice because they are overly economical in drying. With a heat pump dryer with energy class A+++ you can save up to 75 euros on your energy bill if you compare it to a regular condenser dryer. An energy-efficient condenser dryer does not really exist. For that reason, a heat pump dryer is definitely worth it.
Of course, in the end you have to decide which type of dryer suits you best. If you’re stuck on a budget or don’t like that longer drying time, a regular condenser dryer can be a great alternative. Do you have any questions or would you like some advice? Don’t hesitate to contact us or your supplier.
Buying a new heat pump dryer; what to look out for
Hopefully, the above information has helped you determine if a heat pump dryer is the right type of dryer for you. Knowing which type of dryer you’re going for will go a long way. But of course, there are many other things to consider when buying a new dryer. The tips below show exactly what you need to consider when choosing a dryer.
- Choose the right amount of wash weight: the wash weight indicates how many kilograms of washing you can fit into the drum. Ideally, you should choose a dryer that matches the size of your washing machine.
- Look at the energy label: heat pump dryers are energy-efficient and are therefore good for the environment and for saving on your energy bill. But then there can still be a difference in the energy consumption of 2 different heat pump dryers. To find out which one consumes the least power, look at the energy label.
- What is a self-cleaning condenser? With clothes dryers that have a full self-cleaning condenser, you don’t have to worry about cleaning the condenser. With a partially self-cleaning condenser, you only need to rinse it once every few months.
- What does the build quality of a dryer mean? Build quality indicates the expected life of the dryer and can give you an indication of the drying results.
- Look at the different drying programs: there are special programs for wool, shirts, silk, baby clothes and towels, among others. Do you need one of these special programs? Then make sure that your new clothes dryer has that drying program.