One common question people have is whether a ventless LG dryer is better than conventional dryers. While both appliances dry your clothes, they do it using different technologies. Conventional models heat the air, using an electric heating element or natural gas, and circulate it into the drum. The moist air is then vented out of the dryer through a dryer vent, and released outdoors instead of being recycled. The dryer now has to draw in more air from the room, heat it, and repeat this process until the drying cycle is completed.
Conventional venting drying also has its share of problems. Lint can get trapped in the vent duct, become clogged, and become a fire hazard. Leaks are possible around where the dryer connects to the duct work. As a result, moist hot air is released into the home, rather than outside. While this may not be much of an issue during the colder winter months, during the summer it causes your air conditioning to run more often and increases your energy bills.
A stand-alone LG dryer uses air-to-air condensation drying without venting. This technology uses two separate air systems. Air is drawn in from the room, heated, and then passed into the drum to dry the clothes. The moist air then passes out of the drum, is cooled by the second air system to remove water, and recycled. Because air is not vented outside, it requires less energy to dry your clothes, which saves you money. You also do not have to worry about air leaks and the other problems associated with vented drying. As the water is extracted from the clothes, the dryer pumps it out — much like your washer — right down the discharge drain.
You need to consider the features, sizes, and other factors when purchasing new LG washers. The first step is to sit down and write down a list of your laundry habits. The next step is to consider the size and capacity of the machines. Lastly, look at the features, like energy efficiency, number of cycles, temperature settings and ease of using the controls. Take the time to ask yourself the following questions to help narrow down your selections and choose the right model:
- How often do you do laundry? If you have a family and find you are running laundry daily, or spending several hours on the weekends, a stackable or side-by-side solution may be best. Single people and couples without children might find a combination model more suited to their needs.
- Where do you plan on installing the washer? If you already have an existing laundry room, you have more freedom in selecting between several models. On the other hand, if you do not, you may want to consider a combination portable model that can be connected directly to your kitchen sink.
- Are there any special handicap or accessibility needs you to need to consider? Front load washers provide easier access and usability if you or someone in your family is wheelchair bound.
Capacities have to do with the volume of clothes you are able to wash in a single load. Having a large capacity LG washer does no good if your dryer is a smaller capacity. It is better to try to match the capacities of both appliances. Sizes refer to the amount of space the washer takes up. If space is an issue in your home, or if you are renting in an apartment, you should look at compact and stackable models, since they take up less space.
Many LG models have energy-efficiency features so they use less water, electricity, and detergent to complete wash cycles and controls which are easy to program and use. You are also able to select from multiple water temperature settings. In addition, you have access to a wide variety of cycles, including permanent press, cotton/normal, large/bulky, baby wear, delicates, sanitary and hand wash.
LG offers two different dryer options for ventless drying. One option is found with their combination washer and dryer models. This single appliance not only dries your clothes using a condensing drying system, but also washes them. Drying cycles utilize cold water condensation technology by first using heat to draw moisture from the clothing, while recycling the hot air back into the drum. During this process, the moisture that is removed is cooled with cold water in a condenser so it turns back into water. The water is then drained through the same discharge hose used for the washing cycle to remove water from the appliance. This process repeats itself until your clothes are dried.
The other method used to dry clothes using a ventless LG dryer is air to air condensation drying. This method is typically found in both side-by-side and stackable stand-alone models. Drying cycles rely upon two different air circulation systems. One is for drying the clothes, while the other is for cooling heated air and releasing moisture by turning it back into water. The two air circulation systems are separate so the heated air and the cooled air never actually mix together. Rather, the heated air is recycled back through the drum to continue to remove moisture, and then cycled through a heat exchanger or condenser. At the same time, cooler air is drawn in from the room and cycled through a different section of the condenser. As the air is cooled in the condenser, it turns into water, where it is removed from the dryer by pumping it out of the appliance down a discharge drain.
One amenity people frequently look for, whenever they are looking at apartments to rent, is whether an in-unit laundry is included. When you do not offer this feature, you run the risk of losing potential renters, as many people want the flexibility to be able to wash a load of clothes, but not have to take time out of their busy schedules to sit in a shared laundry room while waiting on their clothes. Adding a LG washer and dryer to your units allows you to provide this added service. There are a variety of different models available to deal with space limitations and venting. For example, a stackable unit places the dryer on top of the washer and can easily fit into a utility closet. Ventless dryer options are available on certain models, so the only connections required are the hot and cold water lines and a drain line.
Installing a LG Washer and Dryer Lets You Charge More for Rent
You can increase the amount you charge for rent by adding a LG washer and dryer to your units. Rental rates for units with washers and dryers are typically more per unit and range from $40 to $100, or more. Resident retention rates are also higher, for apartment complexes featuring an in-unit laundry. By being able to retain your current residents, you keep rental occupancies higher, which translates to your bottom line and keeps revenues more consistent. Further, you make your property more attractive to new rental customers and are able to significantly increase your property’s value and capitalization rate.