A dryer is a powerful household appliance that removes water and moisture from a load of bedding, textiles, and clothing, usually, after they’ve been washed in a washing machine. A clothes dryer uses heat to speed up the drying process, and this requires electric current sent through the coil, which is then converted into heat and energy.
The metal coils become very hot from the electron build-up, resulting in the transfer of heat to the surrounding air, which is forced throughout the dryer by a fan or blower.
Breakdown of costs involved in purchasing, running, maintaining a dryer
Dryer prices range from $400 to $2,000, depending on the features, capacity, and type. But, when everything gets truly added up, you’ll see the actual costs of owning and maintaining this appliance.
Clothes dryers, like other electric appliances are measured by “kilowatt-hours,” or kWh. This refers to the energy being used to operate the appliance. This is also the main factor to consider in calculating the total cost they generate while in use.
However, dryers come in a variety of wattages, so their cost can vary. The average wattage for a clothes dryer is usually between 3000 and 4000 watts. So, if you multiply the dryer’s wattage by the length of the load in hours and divide it by 1,000 will give you the total number of kilowatt-hours used. Then, multiply by your kilowatt-hour rate, which you can find on your electricity bill.
If you want to calculate your cost per month, then multiply the cost per load by the number of loads you usually do in a month. You also need to maintain your dryer, so this will require you to hire a professional dryer service, which will cost around $89 up to $179 every time you need maintenance.
Benefits of dryers- do they outweigh costs?
Clothes dryers offer several benefits, but the most significant one is their capability to save you time and effort. You no longer need to check the weather forecast since you can easily use your dryer any time you want – it’s easy and effective.
But does it outweigh the costs? Well, that will depend on various factors like the available space and ventilation in your home or apartment, the kind of items you’ll be using your dryer for, and how often you’ll be using it.
Overall, having a clothes dryer in your home can be handy, but you also need to be a responsible owner, especially if you consider the costs you will incur in your monthly power bill, possible risks to your safety, as well as the environment.
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