How many of you have heard the saying “the poor man pays twice”? These days this is even more applicable. Going for the cheaper option in electrical appliances usually means sacrificing either quality or efficiency. Either way you’re going to end up paying.
Consider the different types that are available and what sets them apart, just because something is more expensive doesn’t mean you should write it off. Let’s look at vented clothes dryers v’s Heat Pump dryers as an example.
Vented Clothes Dyers
Vented clothes dryers work by blowing hot air over your clothes and their trade mark signature is leaving your laundry hot and steamy. These dryers need to be in a well ventilated room as the hot air is vented out of the front of the appliance or the hot air can be vented through a window using a venting duct. These are the cheapest and most common types of clothes dryer and just so happen to be the least energy-efficient.
Heat Pump Dryers
Heat pump dryers are a type of condenser dryer and are the most energy-efficient (their energy efficiency rating is 6 stars which is the best a clothes dryer can get), which in turn means the most expensive up front cost. They work by recycling heat in the process of extracting moisture, another advantage to this dryer is your laundry won’t end up looking like a sauna.
Heat pump dryers can cost as much as 60% less to run per year than vented clothes dryers, not to mention the warranty is longer than what you would usually get with a vented dryer, giving you a longer shelf life. Vented clothes dryers are simpler machines so repairs usually they’re easy to fix or you just scrap it and buy another one. Heat Pump Dryers come with a more extensive warranty on parts so are less likely to need replacing.
During winter, you might be considering buying a new electric heater or updating your older model. If you’re not sure which one is right for you here are a few pointers to help you decide:
Radiant heaters do provide your room with a warm glow and instant heat, however they have been deemed a fire hazard as anything left in front of them unattended can catch fire. As such, they have been banned from most communal buildings such as hospitals and nursing homes. They also do not have an internal thermostat which regulates the temperature of the room so these are the least energy-efficient heaters.
Convection heaters work by circulating warm air around an enclosed room. They take longer to heat a room than radiant heaters do, however they come with internal thermostats which regulate the temperature of the room, shutting off when the desired temperature is reached. This makes them the more energy-efficient of the two.
Column Oil Heaters
Column Oil Heaters are a form of convection heater and are considered one of the safest types of electric heaters for a number of reasons. Firstly, they have a lower surface temperature than other heaters so are safer to touch. Secondly, you don’t need to consider the air flow in and around this heater and thirdly, most modern oil heaters have a tilt sensor to cut off the power if knocked over or placed on an unsteady surface.
I hope you find these tips helpful when buying a new heater or dryer this winter, and keep the chill out of those energy bills!