Increase resident retention, property value and marketability
Next to location, in-unit laundry is the most demanded feature in apartments today. Ask any leasing agent how many prospects hang up when told they would have to use shared laundry facilities. In today’s soft market every lost prospect equals lost money. Apartments with in-unit laundry command higher rents ($40-$100+) with lower turnover than comparable apartments with shared laundry. In-unit laundry also increases rent roles, attracts a better clientele and significantly increases your properties capitalization rate.
This means no ductwork, no fire rated vent chase, no finish work inside the apartment, no new holes in the building envelope, no make-up air requirements, no fans, and greatly simplified design and construction.
Lower Water Discharge Rate
Our machines have a water discharge rate that is less than a dishwasher and can easily be connected to existing plumbing lines without creating plumbing problems. Conventional top-load washers dump over 40 gallons of water at a 16 gallon per minute discharge rate. Our high efficiency front-loaders have a discharge rate of 5.5 gallons per minute, and only use about 12-15 gallons per load.
Space is money in Multi-Family Housing. Small footprints can make or break installations for In-Unit Laundry. All in One Washer Dryer Combos can install anywhere there is water and 110V electricity. That means that kitchen and bathroom installations are very feasible. Stackable or Side by Side units can also fit into tight places. These units take up about 4 square feet of space when stacked. If there is a closet behind a wet wall of a bathroom or kitchen, the stacked sets are a perfect fit. The size and Ventless Drying feature of these quality products can give your renters the In-Unit Laundry they have been waiting for.
Low Maintenance and Operating Costs
According to the multi-family laundry associations study (see above), residents will tend to wash more loads with in-unit equipment. However, front-loading washers that use less than half the water of conventional washers, while maintaining capacity. Consequently your water bills will stay the same or even decrease while your rent rises dramatically. These washers also use a fraction of the soap, so there is less impact on older plumbing.
Finally a Solution for Architects & Engineers
As an architect or engineer there is nothing more frustrating than having to compromise a beautiful and well-designed layout because of the plumbing and venting limitations caused by conventional laundry equipment.
Conventional vented dryers usually have to be located within 12 feet of an outside wall or connected to an expensive (and ugly) central chase. A central chase adds cost, eats up space and severely limits design flexibility, especially in high-rise and mid-rise construction. Vent-less (ductless) dryers greatly expand design options.
Equally important ductless dryers require NO MAKE UP AIR. Conventional dryers discharge over 10,000 cubic feet of air per cycle. This air is taken directly from inside the residence and must be replaced with outside air to maintain proper balance and pressure. This increases HVAC loads and mandates larger fresh air manifolds. Our vent-less dryers save a tremendous amount of energy and construction costs.
We also specialize in high efficiency front-loading washers. In addition to being extremely energy efficient and using less than half the water of conventional washers our products have a discharge rate equal to or less than a dishwasher (6 gallons per minute compared to over 20 gallons per minute for a conventional washer). This allows you to spec in-unit laundry in projects with restricted drain capacity. Our front-loaders also use a fraction of the soap, which eliminates big problems with suds zones.
All of this allows you to concentrate on creating great living spaces instead of solving mechanical problems.
Condominium resale value, convenience, safety and status
Adding in-unit laundry costs between $1,200 and $3,000 for both equipment and installation
Adding in-unit laundry increases resale value $4,000 to $10,000
Adding in-unit laundry dramatically increases marketability for older communities
Our equipment makes it feasible for nearly any older building to allow in-unit laundry without creating plumbing or electrical problems.
What are the ADA/Fair Housing applications?
Under the Fair Housing Act of 1988, public and common use areas of building containing multi-family dwellings, such as the laundry room, must be accessible. This means individuals with physical disabilities must be able to approach, enter, and utilize the public or common use areas of the building. Few central laundry rooms meet this requirement.
“Reasonable accommodation” means you can save the enormous cost of making a central laundry room compliant by installing washer/dryers in individual residences, giving disabled person full access to laundry facilities. This creates happier residents and saves you the possible aggravation and expenses of a lawsuit.
Front-loading machines can be very easily loaded, unloaded, and controlled from a wheelchair. Most machines can be installed on elevated pedestals to make loading and unloading easier. Clothes are loaded and removed when dry, when they are lighter and easier to handle. The combo machines ability to go directly from washing to drying eliminates the extra trip from the washer to the dryer.