Not true (for most dishwashers). Most vent the heat into the
kitchen anyway (during the dry cycle). Where else do you
think it goes? Opening the door after the rinse cycle has
completed and before the drying cycle has started simply
vents the heat more rapidly. The total energy released is
essentially the same either way.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
I guess I did not make it clear. I was referring to using the dry cycle
where the dishwasher turns on additional heat to speed the drying. Of
course the residual heat in the washer would always end up in the kitchen.
I assume some or all dishwashers do add additional heat during the dry cycle
as mine did many years ago.
IT DOESN'T MATTER. Dishwashers vent the steam out the front anyway, with the
door closed. The heat and moisture all wind up in the room anyway, regardless
of whether the door is closed or open. The only difference is that with the
door closed, the heat and moisture come out slowly, over a longer period of
time -- versus all at once with the door open.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
The heat accelerates the drying process, but the steam may inhibit it.
So the most efficient solution may be to open the door immediately after
the wash cycle completes to allow the steam to escape, then close it to
to have the heat help dry the dishes.
As others have stated, conduct some experiments and post the results.
On Thu, 25 Jan 2007 20:52:11 -0800, Bill email@example.com wrote:
True, they dry fast without extra heat.
But first part: You won't get extra humidity by using heat. You'll
get the same, except maybe some water will have time to drip off and
go down the drain** before it evaporates. You could consider
attaching a humidifier to your furnace. You would feel warmer with
the same temp, so you could use a lower temp and feel just as warm.
**How much water does the pump pump out. Is there what is basically a
trap at the bottom of the dishwasher, or does the pump pump the bottom
dry and rely on the trap below the sink. If the pipes at the bottom
don't hold as much as they could after the water part of the whole
cycle is over, then water dripping off would just sit in the pipes,
where I suppose it would evaporate slowly, double slowly.
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