Services‎ > ‎Consult‎ > ‎16 Customer Selections‎ > ‎Selections‎ > ‎Appliances‎ > ‎

Clothes Dryer

Your home will be set up so that a washer and dryer can be installed when you move in. If you provide us with specifications for the units at an early stage, we may be able to make provisions to locate the plumbing and ventilation such that the installation is easier and the units take up less space.
  • New Electrical Codes require a four-pronged dyer outlet and an older dryer may need to have its cord changed.
Excerpts from The Difference is in the Details by Tracy DeCarlo:

Moisture Sensor
Look for a clothes dryer with a moisture sensor that automatically shuts off the machine when your clothes are dry. Not only will you save energy, you’ll also reduce the wear and tear on clothes from over-drying. Some machines infer dryness by sensing the temperature of the exhaust air in the dryer vent. The most effective models, however, have moisture sensors built directly into the drum. Compared with timed drying, you can save about 10 percent with a temperature-sensing control and 15 percent with a moisture-sensing control.

Cool-Down Period
Sometimes known as the “perm-press” cycle, a cool-down period is another energy-saving feature. In the last few minutes of the cycle, cool air, rather than heated air, is blown through the tumbling clothes to complete the drying process.

Gas vs. Electric
Gas dryers are usually less expensive to operate than electric dryers. The cost of drying a typical load of laundry using an electric dryer can be 30 to 40 cents, compared with 15 to 20 cents for a gas dryer. These figures will change as gas prices continue to rise.

Blower-Assisted Lint Venting
If your dryer will be located on an interior wall, another feature that will come in handy is a built-in blower for long distance lint venting. When the dryer is located on an interior wall, lint may need to be vented straight up the wall and out the roof. Without a blower to assist air movement, this design is nothing more than a clog waiting to happen. Not only is a clogged dryer vent a fire hazard, it will also cause clothing to take much longer to dry. Of course, more drying time equals more energy cost out of your pocket. Some dryers, such as General Electric’s Harmony Long Vent product, include a blower motor designed to work up to 150 feet. Visit www.geappliances.com for more information.

For Tracy's book and more helpful tips, go to: www.buildingtips.net.