How to get the most out of your clothes dryer

It’s amazing what we expect our clothes dryers to do. When your clothes come out of the washing machine, they are 50% heavier than when they went in, because they are now saturated with water. Physicist David MacKay, author of the book Sustainable energy without the hot air, found that even after all the end-of-cycle spinning in a modern washing machine, clothes contained two whole litres of water.

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So how can we help our clothes dryer get rid of those two litres quickly and efficiently?

  1. Choose a model that is energy efficient. You can also visit the Energy Rating website to search for and compare the energy efficiency of different dryers.
  2. Clean out the lint filter after every load. This increases the overall efficiency of the appliance and decreases the risk of lint catching fire drying temperatures – a scary thought! Thankfully, 71% of Australians say they clean the lint filter after every use.
  3. Use a high spin setting on your washing machine so that the clothes are less wet when you take them out and put them in the dryer.
  4. Just like with the washing machine, separate your loads into heavy and light items. Lighter clothing takes far less drying time, so drying it separately on a short cycle is a great idea.
  5. Dry loads one after the other to make the most of the heat that’s already in the machine from the first load.
  6. Keep the area around the dryer ventilated to minimise humidity.
  7. Some models have a moisture detection setting that will turn the machine off when everything inside is free of moisture. You can use this to make sure you’re not running your dryer any longer than you have to.
  8. If you put an already-dry towel in the dryer with your wet things, they will dry faster so you won’t have to run your dryer for as long. This is because the towel absorbs some of the moisture in the first few spins and then everything is already a little more dry before the heat hits it. It’s just up to you whether you really want to make your dry towels damp and then dry again.
  1. Get it serviced or upgrade your model. If your clothes dryer is taking longer than an hour to dry a normal load, it’s clearly tired and using more energy than it should.

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Australians rated Fisher & Paykel highest for customer satisfaction, giving them a 5-star rating in 2015. So if you need a new clothes dryer and want one that Australians rated highly for energy efficiency, value for money, performance and reliability, you can’t go past Fisher & Paykel.

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