Does anyone have experience with condensing dryers ? How well do they
I'm helping a friend plan out the ductwork for a dryer which is going
to be in the back of a brick building and we're wondering if it's
better to go this route rather than running the duct across the room
and cutting a hole in the brick wall.
It takes between 2 and 3 hours to do a full wash-and-dry cycle with
our LG combine dwasher/dryer unit, which uses a condensing dryer.
That's a bit longer than the same load in a conventional washer and
dryer, but for us the convenience of not having to take it out of the
wash and put it into the dryer more than makes up for slightly longer
dry times -- put in a load of wash before going to bed, and in the
morning you have dry clothes instead of a load ready to go in the
dryer. Ditto before going to work.
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They are fairly common in parts of Europe. We stayed in a couple of
apartments that had them. They do take longer than the dryers we are
used to, but at the same time you don't have to be there when the wash
cycle ends to put the clothes into the dryer. We just started the
wash/dry cycle when we went to bed, or when we left the apartment in the
morning, and everything was done when we got up, or got back to the
apartment. They also had a smaller load capacity than we are used to,
but I think some they are now selling in the US have a larger capacity.
I liked them because they take up less space, and less of your time, and
because I think there are advantages to a front-loading washer. My wife
didn't like them, but never said why (I'd guess it was because she
wasn't used to them).
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