Just FYI about Clothes Dryers.
If your Clothes Dryer, electric or gas unit is located inside your home, it is wasting energy. The bad thing is there is not much you can do about it yet, there are some appliance manufactures that are working to fix this problem. The clothes dryer creates a negitive pressure inside your home, that is it takes the air conditioned air during the summer time from in the inside your home and pulls it into the blower intake of the dryer, heats it up to dry the clothes, then blows it outside of the home. During the winter it takes the air that you have paid to have warmed up and does the same thing, blows it outside. At a flow rate on average of around 200 cubic feet per minute, it would be no different than opening a window, putting a fan in the window, and blowing outside air into the house. If the blower is pulling air from inside the house and blowing it outside, this air must be replaced some how. Well yes, its replace by the air from outside of the house. It comes in from window and door leaks, from the attic it is pulled inside the house from the ceiling vents in the bathrooms from ceiling lights and wall outlets, and the vent unit above the stove. Even thought they have flap doors inside them, they leak badly. So anytime you run the clothes dryer, it is costing you energy twice. The energy to use the dryer unit itself, and the energy used to cool or heat the air inside your house. Some manufacture are designing appliances that pull the air from outside through a secondary supply vent and then after using it blow it back outside, which does not waste energy. But because there has not been much complaining from the American public there are only a couple appliance manufactures that are currently looking into doing this. It is acommon design on forgein appliance manufactures like those from Europe and Japan. If you locate your dryer in your garage and have a vent on the garage door to allow fresh air in, than you are not wasting energy twice, or if you dryer is located outside of the living space of your home. Just a little information to make you think. David R. (arcandspark)
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