There are several household hazards associated with vented drying which are easy to eliminate by replacing your current vented dryer with a new ventless dryer. The first issue has to do with the limitations of the length of dryer venting ducts. Most building codes limit the length to only 25 feet in a straight line. If there are corners to go around, the acceptable length is less.
Another concern with vented drying is the types of materials used for the duct work. Some builders cut corners by using plastic venting. This is not safe because the plastic can become hot, melt, and start a fire. Dryer vent fires are also caused by built up lint and dust in the ductwork when they are not cleaned on a regular basis. Vents clogged with lint are a major fire hazard.
If you have a vented gas dryer, any leaks around the exhaust on the dryer and the vent ductwork allows the escape of dangerous carbon monoxide gas into your home. Dryer vents may come loose from the vibrations of the washer and dryer, no matter if they are side-by-side or stacked on top of each other.
The best way to avoid the dangers of vented drying is to use a ventless dryer. Options for ventless models include stand-alone dryers and combination washer dryers. For more information about the benefits of ventless drying, contact us today at 800-875-1533.
Making the best purchasing decision for your home, and selecting washer and dryer sets requires some advanced planning. You may already have an idea about what features and options you desire, but you also need to consider other aspects, as this could determine the size and type of appliances you buy.
- What are your laundry needs? The types of loads you need to wash, as well as soil levels, help determine what sort of features to look for in your new washer. In addition, if you have large, bulky items to launder, consider a larger capacity washer and dryer.
- Where will the washer and dryer be installed? For homes with existing laundry connections, verify the placement of washer hookups and the type of dryer cord needed. Measure the space, and use this measurement to shop washer and dryer sets capable of fitting into the existing space. If there are width restrictions, but no height issues, consider a stackable washer and dryer setup. For homes lacking existing connections, a washer and dryer combo is less expensive to install than traditional laundry pairs.
- Are there handicap accessibility concerns? If you or someone in your home is wheelchair bound, or has other mobility issues, consider front loading models, as these are easily accessible and have the controls on the front of the machines.
- How often and how much time do you need to do laundry? If you only need to launder a few loads a week, you can choose a combination washer dryer, or stand-alone washer and dryer models. On the other hand, for large families with endless loads of laundry, separate appliances allow them to complete more loads in less time.
For more information about washer and dryer sets, or professional assistance in choosing the right appliances for your home, call 800-875-1533 today.
Any time you are shopping for new washer and dryer sets, you need to make sure you correctly match laundry pairs. Both washers and dryers have maximum capacities. Where many people go wrong is purchasing an extra-large capacity washer and not matching the dryer to it. For instance, if the washer’s capacity is 25 pounds of clothes, but the dyer’s capacity is only 16 pounds of clothes, it is a waste of money. For every 25 pounds of clothes washed, you end up having to split them to accommodate the dryer and to run two drying cycles. It makes more sense to ensure that the capacity of the washer and the dryer match each other. It is okay if the dryer is slightly larger than the washer, like if you find a dryer with a capacity for 18 pounds of clothing, and a washer with a capacity for 16 pounds of clothing.
In addition to matching the laundry capacities with washer and dryer sets, you need to look at washer models that extract the most water. Washers with higher rpm speeds are better than those with lower rpm speeds. The faster the washer spins during spin cycles, the more water is removed, and the less time and energy is needed to fully dry the clothes. Washers with rpm speeds of at least 1,000 are ideal. Just remember, if you are looking at a large or extra-large capacity washer, the rpm speed should be higher, to accommodate the additional weight of the clothing.
Some people are confused by the concept of a combination washer and dryer. However, when you take the time to read about this revolutionary appliance, it is easy to see why so many people prefer using a washer and dryer in one over conventional laundry pairs. Already popular in many countries around the world, the combo washer/dryer is gaining more attention in the United States.
Part of the reason for the increase in exposure is due to the numerous energy-saving features designed to help cut water and electric bills, and dryer vent maintenance costs. For instance, LG washer-and-dryer-in-one models use ventless drying in place of traditional vented drying. This means you do not have to connect the machine to a dryer vent. You do not have to worry about lint building up in the vent, keeping it clean, or fire hazard insurance costs.
Another benefit of a combination model is being able to have in-home laundry, regardless of whether your home, apartment, or condominium has existing washer and dryer connections. It is easy to convert the appliance into a portable machine by simply having a kitchen sink conversion installed onto the back of the appliance and a wheel kit installed in place of the standard support feet. The washer/dryer can be stored in a closet out of the way, and, whenever you want to do a load of laundry, roll it up to the sink.
You can obtain more information about LG combination washer/dryers by visiting our website or give us a call if you have additional questions.
When you are preparing to put your home or condominium on the market, you can increase the property value by including a compact washer and dryer as part of the sale. While you may think you will not recover the costs of installing in-home laundry, this is not an accurate assessment.
How In-Home Laundry Increases Your Resale Value
The costs to purchase and install a compact washer and dryer range between $1,200 and $3,000, depending upon the model and whether you pay a contractor to install the appliances or install them yourself. Adding in-home laundry results in a net increase of the property’s value, ranging from $4,000 to $10,000. As you can see, the investment is well worth it.
In addition, installing in-home laundry appliances helps improve the marketability of older homes and communities. It is easier to attract prospective buyers when you are including a new washer and dryer in the sale. The features found with LG models make it possible for older properties to install laundry without the hassles of dryer venting, plumbing, or electrical problems.
Make Your Home ADA Compliant with Compact Washer and Dryer Models
As long as you do not stack the washer and dryer, since most LG models are front loading, it makes them ADA-compliant and allows you to also market your home or condo to those people with physical handicaps. Front loading machines are easily loaded, unloaded, and controlled by people who are wheelchair bound. The laundry pair may also be elevated, to make it easier to access them by placing them on approved pedestals.
A stacked washer dryer eliminates having to bend over and reach deep into the washing machine normally found with top loading models. Stacked machines provide easy front loading and unloading access. You simply transfer your laundered load of clothes from the washer on the bottom to the dryer on top. You also do not have to worry about socks and small apparel items getting trapped under the agitator, making it difficult to get these out.
Other benefits of modern stacked washer dryer sets are energy-efficient features to save money on water and electric bills, and ventless drying technologies. Because the machines use a fraction of the water and electricity, you can launder more loads of laundry for the same amount you currently are paying just to do a few loads.
Why Is Ventless Drying Better in a Stacked Washer and Dryer?
Ventless drying does not require a dryer vent connection. Vented drying is a big energy waster because vented machines have to constantly draw in fresh air, heat it, and then release all that heated air right down the vent and outside. With a ventless model, the heated air is recycled inside the machine until the clothes are dried. Since the air is already warm, it requires less electricity to bring it back up to the proper drying temperature. In addition, as moisture is removed, it is converted into water, which is pumped right down the discharge drain.
To learn more about ventless drying and the benefits of energy-efficient stacked machines, visit our website or call us directly, today.
A washer and dryer in one is the ideal laundry solution for homes, apartments, and condominiums without any existing laundry connections, or those with a limited amount of space. This type of laundry appliance has been designed to complete both washing and drying processes in a single appliance. Instead of taking up the space of two appliances, like conventional laundry pairs, you only need enough space for one appliance.
If you do not have existing washer connections, you have a few different options for setting up your washer and dryer in one. You could hire a plumber to tap into existing hot and cold water lines and a discharge drain line. The only other required connection is access to a standard 3-prong electrical outlet.
Another option is to convert the laundry appliance into a portable machine. This involves having wheels put on the bottom and a sink conversion kit attached to the back where the laundry hoses connect. Whenever you need to run a load of clothes, you roll the machine up to your kitchen sink, connect the hose attachment, plug the electrical cord in, and start your laundry.
Keep in mind complete wash and dry cycle times are longer because both processes are completed in a single machine. As a result, it is recommended you adjust your laundry habits and only do a load or two at a time, rather than attempt to do all of your laundry in a single day. Visit our website to find the right color, size, and style of combo washer dryer for your home, or contact us for further assistance in choosing the right one.