Pros And Cons Of A Ventless Dryer

Pros-And-Cons-Of-A-Ventless-DryerCan you imagine what your life would be like without a washer or dryer? The thought of having to manually wash, beat, strain and air dry clothes is physically exhausting.  Not only would it add hours of additional work to your weekly schedule, but it would also mean that your clothes wouldn’t come out as soft and fluffy as they typically do when you use a dryer.  Luckily, the US Department of Energy says that about 80% of American households are equipped with a clothes dryer in their home.  

The two main types of dryers are powered by either gas or electric whereby the moisture that is rung out of your clothes is expelled to the outdoors, in other words, outdoor vents.  There is another option, however, it is to have a ventless dryer that can be a good fit under the right circumstances.  If you’re on the fence about whether or not a ventless dryer would be the right fit for you, we’ll lay out a few pros and cons for you to consider.

First off, what is a ventless dryer?

A ventless dryer is one that comes with no outdoor ventilation system for humidity and moisture to escape to.  A ventless dryer system comes in one of two ways:

Condenser dryer – this is by far the more common of the two systems.  Essentially, instead of allowing the heat to escape through a hose to the outdoors, the dryer will draw in cooler air causing the warmer, humid air to drop in temperature and convert to a liquid form where it gets stored in a storage tray that can easily be emptied once the full cycle is complete.

Heat pump dryer – although this system is not as readily available, it has been increasing in popularity because of its efficiency at drying out clothes.  The main difference is that this unit does not carry a condenser, instead, a pump continuously circulates hot air throughout the drum.  It’s an easier process mechanically.

As previously stated, ventless dryers are not for every situation and are better for some scenarios, here are a few reasons why you might want to consider a ventless over a vented dryer:

Size – the ventless dryer is much smaller in size than its counterpart so you will usually find this type of unit in much smaller homes.  Typically smaller condos or living quarters that are very tight would be a good fit for a ventless dryer.  Many European countries opt for the ventless system because it takes up less space.

Quick set-up – these dryers are really plug-n-play ready, meaning that all you have to do is plug them in and start using them.  There is no need for installation or cutting holes into the walls because everything is contained within them.  You can be up and running in under a minute!

Efficiency – the energy output on a ventless dryer is much less, meaning that your energy bills will be lower.  This is because you aren’t really creating hot air, you’re just circulating the hot air that already exists in the dryer itself.

Your clothes – you’ll notice tighter, longer-lasting clothing since the drum is much smaller and the volume of heat is lower than a conventional dryer. 

Arguments against ventless dryers:

Size/Capacity – it’s no secret that ventless dryers are much smaller in size and, therefore, hold much smaller load capacity.  This is the reason that it is much more favorable for those with smaller living quarters.

Cost – the upfront cost of a ventless dryer is much greater than one that is vented, and although you’ll save on energy costs, the savings will come gradually and over time.  Ventless dryers usually come with less downtime, but if you experience maintenance issues you’ll have to search a little harder to find a dryer repair company that will service them.  You should also expect your repair costs to be a little more costly than a vented dryer.

Increased Moisture – since the heat is recycled in a ventless dryer vs released as in a vented dryer, the amount of humidity and moisture around the dryer will collect and build quicker, there is a higher probability of mold and mildew.  You’ll want to ensure that the area around the dryer doesn’t encourage mold growth, nor the collection of moisture. 

As you can see, a ventless dryer has its pros and cons and definitely isn’t meant for every circumstance or family.  You’ll want to think about your particular circumstances and see if a ventless dryer makes financial and logistical sense to install in your home.

Pros And Cons Of A Ventless Dryer

Can you imagine what your life would be like without a washer or dryer? The thought of having to manually wash, beat, strain and air dry clothes is mentally exhausting and would surely be physically exhausting as well.  Not only would it add hours of additional work to your weekly schedule, but it would also mean that your clothes wouldn’t come out as soft and fluffy as they typically do when putting through a dryer.  Luckily, the US Department of Energy says that about 80% of American households are equipped with a clothes dryer in their home.  

The two main types of dryers are powered by either gas or electric whereby the moisture that is rung out of your clothes is expelled to the outdoors, in other words, outdoor vents.  There is another option, however, to have a ventless dryer that can be a good fit under the right circumstances.  If you’re on the fence about whether or not a ventless dryer would be the right fit for you, we’ll lay out a few pros and cons for you to consider.

First off, what is a ventless dryer?

A ventless dryer is one that comes with no outdoor ventilation system for humidity and moisture to escape to.  A ventless dryer system comes in one of two ways:

Condenser dryer – this is by far the more common of the two systems.  Essentially, instead of allowing the heat to escape through a hose to the outdoors, the dryer will draw in cooler air causing the warmer, humid air to drop in temperature and convert to the liquid form where it gets stored in a storage tray that can easily be emptied once the full cycle is complete.

Heat pump dryer – although this system is not as readily available, it has been increasing in popularity because of its efficiency at drying out clothes.  The main difference is that this unit does not carry a condenser, instead, a pump continuously circulates hot air throughout the drum.  It’s an easier process mechanically.

As previously stated, ventless dryers are not for every situation and are better for some scenarios, here are a few reasons why you might want to consider a ventless over a vented dryer:

Size – the ventless dryer is much smaller in size than its counterpart so you can usually find this type of unit in much smaller units.  Typically smaller condos or living quarters that are very tight would be a good fit for a ventless dryer.  Many European countries opt for the ventless system because it takes up less space.

Quick set-up – these dryers are really plug-n-play ready, meaning that all you have to do is plug them in and start using them.  There is no need for installation or cutting holes into the walls because everything is contained within them.  You can be up and running in under a minute!

Efficiency – the energy output on a ventless dryer is much less meaning that your bills will be lower.  Since you aren’t really creating hot air, you’re circulating the hot air that already exists in the dryer itself.

Your clothes – you’ll notice tighter, longer-lasting clothing since the drum is much smaller and the volume of heat is lower than a conventional dryer. 

Arguments against ventless dryers:

Size/Capacity – it’s no secret that ventless dryers are much smaller in size and, therefore, hold much smaller load capacity.  This is the reason that it is much more favorable for those with smaller living quarters.

Cost – the upfront cost of a ventless dryer is much greater than one that is vented, and although you’ll save on energy costs, the savings will come gradually and over time.  Ventless dryers usually come with less downtime, but yet you can find a dryer repair company that doesn’t serve them, therefore, repair costs could be more costly than a vented dryer.

Increased Moisture – since the heat is recycled in a ventless dryer vs released as in a vented dryer, the amount of humidity and moisture around the dryer will collect and build quicker, therefore you may have a higher probability of mold and mildew.  You’ll want to ensure that the area around the dryer doesn’t encourage mold growth, nor the collection of moisture. 

As you can see, a ventless dryer has its pros and cons and definitely isn’t meant for every circumstance or family.  You’ll want to think about your particular circumstances and see if a ventless dryer makes financial and logistical sense.
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Home Series: How to Find the Perfect Air Conditioner for Your Home

Did you feel the heat last summer? 2018 turned out to be one of the hottest years on record in North America, and there’s no relief in sight. Summer temperatures are on a continued upward trend, and that means more sweltering days lie ahead.Find the right air conditioner for your home. Start your research now and get ready to install a new AC in the spring.

That may mean it’s time for a new air conditioner. If the heat got to you last summer, now is a great time to get prepared by doing your research into new air conditioners.

First, there are several types of air conditioners you may want to consider:

  • Central air conditioning systems
  • Window-mounted AC units
  • Portable air conditioners
  • Ductless split air conditioners

An HVAC technician can help you decide which one is best for your home, but you can also check out important information about AC units before you make a call.

One thing to consider before you buy a new air conditioner is where you’re going to put it.

Where should you install your air conditioner?

With a central air conditioning system, the cooling part of the air conditioner will operate alongside your furnace system, using the same ducts and vents as your heating in the winter. But you need to install a condenser unit somewhere outside. That’s the unit that exhausts all that old, hot air and gets it out of your home. A condenser needs to be installed about 12 inches from any object and away from areas with heavy foot traffic (since it will be pumping out hot air). It should also be on an elevated pad, so that heavy rainfall and snowfall doesn’t interfere.

As for window-mounted AC units, your options will be limited, but in a house, try to find a window that doesn’t see much use, but occupies a fairly central area that will help it distribute cool air. In an apartment, your decision may have been made for you; just make sure you get a unit that can cool the entire apartment, as you likely won’t have space for multiple units.

Wall-mounted ductless AC systems give you a lot of flexibility when it comes to location, as they have multiple indoor air handlers. These handlers are located in different rooms, allowing you to control temperatures on a room-by-room basis. You should locate ductless air handlers:

  • 7 feet above the floor
  • 6 inches below the ceiling
  • Where the wall is sturdy enough to support the unit for several years
  • Away from sunlight and heat sources like ovens
  • At least 3 feet away from cables, Wifi modems, and electronics

Another factor to consider before you make your purchase is how powerful the AC unit is, and how much square footage it can over. Here is a general guide to BTUs per square footage:

400-450 square feet:      10,000 BTUs per hour

450-550 square feet:      12,000 BTUs per hour

550-700 square feet:      14,000 BTUs per hour

700-1000 square feet:    18,000 BTUs per hour

Above 1000 square feet, you’re looking in the 20,000 to 30,000 BTUs per hour range.

Find the right air conditioner for your home. Start your research now and get ready to install a new AC in the spring.
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What To Know If You Need a Dryer Repair Service

With all the appliances there is going to be a time when something goes wrong. Here are a few tips to use when you are troubleshooting for a technician when your dryer stops working , but first we need to determine if it is a gas dryer or electric dryer and then we will go from there. What To Know If You Need a Dryer Repair Service

Common dryer issues such as a fuse, bad timer, bad thermostat, a worn out belt, not heating up or making strange noises, are indications that it needs to be repaired.

  1. Dryers that won’t turn on or run
  2. Dryer that isn’t producing heat
  3. The drum won’t spin
  4. The dryer gets overheated
  5. Clothes taking to long to dry
  6. Does not tumble
  7. To hot

If you are having any of these problems, it is better to call a repair service right way than to wait. For example if you leave wet clothes in a dryer for any extended period of time, mold could start growing. It could be a part has broken down and needs getting replaced. Sometimes these issues become too costly when ignored. And I always worry that a dryer could be a fire hazard.

3 Reasons You Should call A Repairman:

Protecting your warranty
Long Term Solution
They arrive with the proper tools and parts for the repair

I highly recommend you call a qualified repair service. You can schedule a repair usually the same day to get your dryer up and running.  You can finding listings just by Googling “dryer repair shops near me” and Appliance Repair Toronto

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