You’ve heard of gas vs electric stoves, but did you know your dryer also has different heat sources? While you may be tempted to purchase a dryer solely based on it’s features, don’t forget to take its heating source into consideration.
So does a gas or electric dryer have an advantage over the other? In this blog, we’ll compare the two to help you make the best choice for your home.
Gas Vs. Electric Dryer
First, it’s important to understand the heating source of each model. With electric dryers, an internal drum spins the clothes while an electric fan distributes heated air. This type of electricity is generated by a large 240-volt outlet (twice the strength of a household current) and power cord. In some electric dryer models, you won’t need to vent to the outside. Electric dryers are easy to install as long as you have the proper electrical outlets in your laundry room.
A gas dryer’s heat source comes from natural gas or liquid propane gas and requires a 110-volt electrical outlet and cord. You’ll need to make sure your home has a gas hookup and vent to the outside. If you decide on going the gas dryer route, you’ll need professional installation. Also, make sure to clean the vent annually.
Gas dryers dry quicker than electric ones, which means they use less energy and are a more environmentally-friendly choice. This may be an attractive option if you’re looking to save money on your utility bills. Keep in mind, however, it may take roughly five years for the energy savings to offset the up-front cost of a gas dryer. This brings us to our next point.
Gas dryers typically cost $50 to $100 more than electric models due to their expensive components. While the average up-front cost for an average electric dryer with simple features is lower than a gas dryer, a more state-of-the-art electric dryer will most likely cost the same as a gas dryer.
Wear and Tear
When it comes to protecting your clothing, it’s important to have an efficient dryer. Overall, gas dryers tend to dry clothes quicker and more gently. Electric dryers take longer to heat the elements and don’t run as hot, so they’ll take longer to dry clothes, which can lead to more wear and tear.
The question of whether a gas or electric dryer is better will come down to your family’s needs. You’ll need to weigh in a few different factors, including energy usage, existing hookups in your laundry room, your overall household budget, and the appliance features you want the most.
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