A guide to gas powered clothes dryers

You’ve probably heard a lot about different types of clothes dryers, with some touted as being more energy efficient than others, meaning cheaper energy bills over time. To help you decide whether or not a gas powered clothes dryer is a good option for your home, we’ve conducted a hypothetical Q&A to answer any questions you might have.

Is a gas dryer any different from a standard electric dryer?

Essentially, the only thing different about the two types of dryers is how they’re heated. A gas clothes dryer uses LPG gas to heat the tumbler and much less electricity to fuel the appliance than standard dryers. With regards to performance, they are both capable of getting the job done, and it’s not really a case of one type drying your clothes faster than the other. If it’s speed you’re looking for, you might want to learn about heat pump clothes dryers.

Will I need to install a gas line?

Yep, unless you have one already. Since this line has to be fitted by a licensed gas fitter or plumber, factor this into your budget when deciding on whether or not to buy this type of dryer.

Are gas dryers cheaper to buy than electric dryers?

A cursory look at Appliances Online revealed that the average price for conventional, vented clothes dryers was about $500. The average price for gas clothes dryers was more like $2,000.
These figures are the averages of the available models on Appliances Online at time of publication; and while it isn’t wholly indicative of the market, it gives you an idea of how much these appliances can initially cost. The big question is, will you make that money back in energy costs over time?

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Are gas dryers cheaper to run than electric dryers?

Apparently, yes. Reports suggest that gas powered clothes dryers can cost as little as $100 in annual running costs, compared to a standard electric dryer which is likely to add about $300 to your energy bill, depending of course on the energy prices in your state and how often you use the appliance. More generally, it’s widely accepted that gas powered clothes dryers produce running costs about one third of what an electric model would.

This sounds very promising, but if the upfront cost of purchasing a gas powered clothes dryer is similar to the average amount noted above, it could take around seven years for your investment to start paying off in cheaper energy bills. By this time, you’ll probably be starting to think about buying a replacement!

Are gas dryers better for the environment?

According to the Federal Government’s Energy Made Easy website, natural gas produces fewer greenhouse emissions than electricity, and is cheaper to purchase. It is less widely available than electricity, however.

Do gas dryers run differently?

Not really, but some sources report they dry clothes more quickly – possibly because they apparently warm up in less time than a standard dryer.

Anything else I need to know?

If you’re interested in making a purchase like this, you can compare clothes dryer brands on our website to give yourself a better idea on what to look for in the shops.

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