What is a heat pump dryer
When you need a new dryer, you have a choice between an air extraction dryer, a condenser dryer, and a heat pump dryer. In most cases, the heat pump dryer is the best choice. The heat pump dryer uses less electricity, is a lot more economical on your laundry and is good for the environment. Everything you need to know about this type of dryer is on this page.
How does a heat pump dryer work
Of all the dryers, the heat pump dryer uses the least energy per drying cycle. Here’s how a heat pump dryer dries: a heat pump dryer uses a heat pump in combination with a refrigerant to dry your laundry. The refrigerant is converted from liquid form to gas form by the heat pump. This releases warm air, which is used to dry your laundry. During the drying process, moist, warm air is released. The refrigerant cools this air, causing condensation to form. Depending on how the condensation drain of your heat pump dryer is arranged, the water is either drained directly via the water outlet or it is collected in a tank that you have to empty after each drying cycle.
Because of this method of drying, the energy consumption of heat pump dryers is lower than that was conventional dryers. A condenser dryer only uses an electric heating element for drying, which consumes a lot of energy. If you want energy efficient drying, you should therefore choose a heat pump dryer.
Why buy a heat pump dryer
When you need a new clothes dryer, we always recommend a heat pump dryer. This energy-efficient dryer will not only keep your energy bills low, but it will also keep your clothes looking good for longer. Want to know more about the heat pump dryer? Below you will find all the pros and cons.
Energy-efficient washing is not only a good choice for the environment, but also for your wallet. To save on your energy costs, the heat pump dryer is the right dryer. This one is a lot more economical than the alternatives. By using a heat pump in combination with a refrigerant, a heat pump dryer consumes significantly less power than a regular condenser dryer. A heat pump dryer with energy class A+++ can save you up to 75 euros per year on your energy costs – compared to a condenser dryer with energy class B. Dryers are considered ‘energy efficient’ from energy class A++, for this reason an energy efficient condenser dryer is hard to find. Most heat pump dryers have energy class A++ or A+++.
With heat pump dryers, as with condenser dryers, you have the choice of how you want to drain the moisture. Automatically, the moisture is collected in a reservoir that you have to empty after each drying cycle. You can also connect your dryer to the water outlet. This means you do not have to empty the reservoir, as the moisture is removed immediately. Only the air extraction dryer offers another way to get rid of the moist air. In this type of clothes dryer, the moist air is routed out through a window or a hole in the wall with an exhaust hose. In some homes this can be very convenient, for example because you don’t have a water drain in your laundry room, but keep in mind that drain dryers use a lot of energy. If you can’t connect your new dryer to a water drain, we recommend using the reservoir.
Length of drying cycles
Heat pump dryers dry at a lower temperature and therefore have a longer drying time. Because heat pump dryers dry at a low temperature, the wash programs take longer on average than with a condenser dryer. If you like your laundry to dry quickly, this may be a reason to choose a condenser dryer after all.
Effect on your laundry
On the other hand, low temperature drying is better for your laundry. By using a low drying temperature, there is less chance of your clothes wearing out or shrinking. So if you choose a heat pump dryer, your laundry will last longer than if you choose a condenser dryer – which gets a lot hotter.
Another big difference between heat pump dryers and condenser dryers is the purchase price. On average, a heat pump dryer is more expensive to buy than a condenser dryer. If you are stuck on a budget, we can therefore imagine that you are tempted to look at condenser dryers. However, we do not recommend this. A dryer is a big purchase anyway, but often you spend more money on the use of it (energy costs) than on the actual dryer. A heat pump dryer uses much less energy than a condenser dryer. For that reason, it is often cheaper to choose an energy-efficient heat pump dryer than a regular condenser dryer. These keep your energy costs much lower, so you end up spending less. Per year you can save up to 75 euros on your energy bill if you choose a heat pump dryer with energy class A+++. A heat pump dryer has an average life of 12 years. Over its lifetime, this can save up to 900 euros.
Tips for buying a heat pump dryer
Now that you know how a heat pump dryer works and what the advantages and disadvantages are, it is also good to delve into the other aspects of buying a dryer. In addition to the type of dryer, there are many other specifications that you should look for in order to find the right dryer for you. What do you need to take into account? We’ve listed them for you here:
- Choose your right amount of fill weight: the fill weight indicates how many kg of laundry will fit in the drum. It is useful to choose a dryer with a drum of the same size as that of your washing machine.
- Look at the energy label: heat pump dryers are energy efficient and therefore good for the environment and save 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. These will make your laundry last longer. Do you need one of these special programs? Then make sure that your new clothes dryer has that drying program.