decoding drying programs- exclusive dryer cycles explained
When you pay the price for a dedicated clothes drying machine, don’t be surprised by the versatile functions this machine can and will offer you. Understanding dryer settings and functions can be perplexing for new users. This Buyers Guide for Clothes Dryers aims to brief you about the most common Dryer Cycles, Settings, and Features you are likely to come across in your new purchase.
It’s very common to find dryer settings dedicated to handling special type of fabric materials. You may wonder why you need to separate your cotton and silk shirts into different loads. Well, you may like to check your shirt label for instructions. Expensive and high quality silk shirts and delicate cotton wears may require special treatment with respect to the heat exposed to it, affecting its colour and fabric integrity. For such items, it’s best to go for specialised load settings.
Similarly for woollens, which have thicker fibre of softer weave, it’s essential to maintain the elasticity of the material and protect the fibre of the fabric for most insulation from the cold weathers. You may club other clothing materials together, but always, we repeat, always separate your woollens.
Not just your lingerie but lacy outfits and crochet covers need to have gentle drying modes set for the best treatment of your delicate items.
We are sure you won’t be having sensitive items to dry every single day. Rather, on most days you have regular wear and pyjamas you simply need to toss into laundry and get them back fresh and dry. By default, you can always set your appliance in ‘Mixed’ setting and your clothes will be dried for you just fine; not too gentle nor too harsh.
Passing cold air instead of hot into the spinning drum to dry the damp clothes would make a lot of difference. Surely having hot air would efficiently give you faster results, but they can very well damage sensitive and delicate textiles. Check your labels if they recommend any such protocols regarding what temperature to dry clothes in dryer. For such cases, having control over the dryer temperature settings would be handy.
Super 40'/Quick Dry programmes
For users who have not very damp clothes, or simply are on the run, your dryer appliance may offer you a Quick program with shorter drying set-times; 15 min for shirts or 40 min for most regular laundry items.
Broadly there are two different types of drying programmes, gentle and intensive. Where regular cotton shirts and light material trousers more appropriately need to have a gentle dry, on the other hand, you would have to opt for a more intensive dryer setting for towels, curtains, sheets and covers and other such items.
As we have seen the trend, different items and different materials require different handling. Just like in dry cleaning, pillow, duvets and comforters too have specialised routines for drying the item without affecting its durability and structure. You can even dry your soft toys in this very drying programme.
types of clothes dryer machines dryer buying guide
Twin washer dryer combo machines cannot provide fully dry clothes in a single appliance. Dedicated electric dryers not only specialise in providing absolutely satisfactory results, but they also have dedicated mechanisms to help vent out moisture from the clothes, as well as the laundry area, leave a clean and dry environment after every cycle.
The types of electric dryers available in Indian markets can broadly be classified into 3 categories. You may choose one that best suits your requirements;
These dryers blow hot air into the damp clothes tumbling inside the spinning drum. As drying the clothes inside the appliance produces a lot of moisture, the warm and moist air needs to be vented out using ducting hoses, expelling it out in a shaft, open window or ideally any open space out of the laundry room.
They use the simplest mechanisms, building the most affordable dryers in this list. But such cheap clothes dryer technology bumps in terms of energy consumption and generates a lot of noise too.
Somewhat like the vented dryers but so not like them, condenser dryers too blow in warm air into the drum filled with wet clothes. As the heat makes the water evaporate from the items inside, the moisture generated is condensed and stored in a water tank that needs to be emptied, or dispensed out using a hose for drainage.
No external vents need to be built for the appliance to function; hence they are good for windowless room, or rented apartments where you don’t want to make modifications by installing vents. But to avoid moisture build up, it will always to advisable to install a condenser dryer in a well-ventilated area. This technology costs a little bit more than the vented dryers.
Heat Pump Dryer
The working mechanism behind these dryers is remarkably cost and energy efficient, giving credit to a small built-in heat pump that handles heating and cooling functions. Heated air is blown through the wet clothes. The condensed water is drained off and hot air inside is cooled down, only to be reheated and blown through the clothes again. No moisture is expelled out, making them ductless and ideal for rented apartments and windowless areas.
They are the most expensive of the other dryers listed here, but use less than half the energy of a vented or condenser dryer, especially owing to the recycling of air. Consequently, such efficient use by the system sums out to be cheaper than the other technologies in the long run, saving energy and money.